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December 2010


16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

Worldwide, 25 November - 10 December 2010
Host / Sponsor: Center for Women's Global Leadership and numerous NGOs and governmental institutions througout the world, with participation of entities of the United Nations system

In June 1991, the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), with participants of the first Women’s Global Institute on Women, Violence and Human Rights, called for a global campaign of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. In recent years, entities of the United Nations system, including various funds and agencies, and United Nations country offices, have participated in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in various ways. A few recent examples include: the United Nations office in Kyrgyzstan’s participation in the country’s 2007 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign by conducting a series of activities to promote the need for enhanced measures to enable the law enforcement agencies to prevent and reduce gender-based violence, in collaboration with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR); the UNIFEM South Asia Office’s planning of a series of events for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in 2007 on working with men and boys to prevent violence against women; and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) development of a website dedicated to the campaign.

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World AIDS Day

Worldwide, 1 December 2010
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 2010
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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International Day of Disabled Persons

Worldwide, 3 December 2010
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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International Volunteer Day

Worldwide, 5 December 2010
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 2010
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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International Migrants Day

Worldwide, 18 December 2010
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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