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December 2009

16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

Worldwide, until 10 December 2009
Host / Sponsor: Center for Women's Global Leadership and numerous NGOs and governmental institutions througout the world, co-sponsored by UNIFEM

The dates, November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and December 10, International Human Rights Day, symbolically link violence against women and human rights and emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. The 16 Days Campaign has been adopted as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. ...
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World AIDS Day

Worldwide, 1 December 2009
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

In 1988, the General Assembly expressed deep concern at the pandemic proportions of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Noting that the World Health Organization had declared 1 December 1988 World AIDS Day, the Assembly stressed the importance of observing that occasion... (resolution 43/15).
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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Worldwide, 2 December 2009
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, recalls the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317 (IV) of 2 December 1949).
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Global CEDAW 30th Anniversary Celebration Event

New York, USA, 3 December 2009
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

On 3rd December 2009, the United Nations will hold a global celebration for the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The event will bring together speakers from around the world who will share examples of how the Convention has been used to implement women’s human rights and achieve gender equality in their country. Participants will hear how CEDAW has been applied to law, policy and judicial decisions, heralding and securing greater human rights for women and girls. Attendees will also learn how the Optional Protocol to the Convention—which celebrates its 10th year in 2009—has succeeded to raise awareness about the Convention and bring justice to individual women.
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International Day of Disabled Persons

Worldwide, 3 December 2009
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

About 650 million people in the world—or 10 per cent of the world’s population— live with disabilities, and frequently encounter a myriad of physical and social obstacles. Persistence of certain cultural, legal and institutional barriers makes women and girls with disabilities the victims of two-fold discrimination: as women and as persons with disabilities.
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Strengthening women’s leadership and participation in politics and decision-making in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia

Deadline 5 December 2009
Host / Sponsor: United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW)

Send your proposal for a short film!
Deadline: 5 Dec 2009 [ English | French ]

International Volunteer Day

Worldwide, 5 December 2009
Host / Sponsor: United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

International Volunteer Day offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions - at local, national and international levels - to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
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Human Rights Day

Worldwide, 10 December 2009
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The promotion and protection of human rights has been a major preoccupation for the United Nations since 1945, when the Organization's founding nations resolved that the horrors of The Second World War should never be allowed to recur. Respect for human rights and human dignity "is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world", the General Assembly declared three years later in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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The Network of Women Representatives of Local Authority Associations: Moving towards Decentralization, Good Governance and Innovation

Florence, Italy, 12 December 2009
Host / Sponsor: Euro-African Partnership for Decentralized Governance

The seminar had the specific aim of building awareness and interest discussions about women leaders’ participation in decentralized governance and local governments in Africa and in Europe. It investigated good practices and there was an opportunity to exchange experiences and initiate concrete joint actions between networks of European and African women leaders in local governments.
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International Migrants Day

Worldwide, 18 December 2009
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

Today, women constitute almost half of all international migrants worldwide�95 million. Yet, despite contributions to poverty reduction and struggling economies, it is only recently that the international community has begun to grasp the significance of what migrant women have to offer. And it is only recently that policymakers are acknowledging the particular challenges and risks women confront when venturing into new lands...
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