As we head into the busiest season of the year…Thanksgiving…Hanukkah…Christmas…Kwanzaa…New Year’s Eve, let’s take a minute to acknowledge and appreciate all we have…our families…our friends…our health and our freedom. We live in a country that, despite its flaws, is a great country to live in.
So, if you get an opportunity this month, call that friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile, send someone a card for no reason at all or smile at all the strangers you encounter in your daily life, and remember some of these other important dates.
November 20: The United Nations‘ (UN) Universal Children’s Day, which was established in 1954, is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide.
The Convention, which is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty, set out a number of children’s rights including the right to life, to health, to education and to play, as well as the right to family life, to be protected from violence, to not be discriminated, and to have their views heard.
On the basis of the Convention and joint effort by all the countries and regions, we promote and celebrate childrens’ rights on the Universal Children’s Day, and continuously build up a living-friendly environment for children in the world through dialogues and actions.
“… I wish to emphasize the importance of ensuring that the commitments made by the international community to the world’s children are extended to a group of children who are often forgotten or overlooked: those deprived of their liberty.”
~Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
November 24: Happy Thanksgiving! Today, as every day, I give thanks for all of the amazing people in my life who continue to help me be the best person I can be.
November 25: The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden.
Historically, the date is based on date of the 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic.
In 1995, over 20 years ago, 189 governments came together in Beijing. They adopted a Platform for Action that spelled out key strategies to end violence against women, empower women, and achieve gender equality. … The promises from then are still valid today. Together we must make 2016-2017 the year sthat mark the beginning of the end of gender inequality. Now is the time for action. (source: Wikipedia)
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women has proclaimed the 25th of each and every month as “Orange Day,” a day to raise awareness of and take action to end violence against women and girls. As the bright and optimistic color for the UNiTE Campaign, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls. Orange Day calls upon activists, governments, and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, but every month.
In 2016, a new global development agenda was adopted and ratified by every UN Member State. Through its 17 goals and 169 targets, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an agenda for global action for the next 15 years, addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social, and environmental. The Agenda recognises gender equality and the empowerment of women as a key priority and pledges that “no one will be left behind.” Goal 5 of the agenda aims to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” and includes specific targets to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. All goals are integrated and indivisible, therefore their achievement is also fully dependent on ensuring parallel and interconnected implementation to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls.