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October 2011

International Day of Older Persons

Worldwide, 1 October 2011
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

Women make up a clear majority of the world's older persons, underscoring the need to recognize the different impact of ageing on women and men, to ensure full equality between them...
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International Day of Non-Violence

Worldwide, 2 October 2011
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

All Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organizations and individuals are invited to commemorate the International Day of Non-Violence and to disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness...
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World Habitat Day 2010: Cities and Climate Change

Worldwide, 3 October 2011
Host / Sponsor: UN-HABITAT

The UN has designated the first Monday in October every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all...
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Forum on Gender Equality in education

Paris, France, 3 - 4 October 2011
Host / Sponsor: UNESCO

UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) will host a High Level Policy Forum on “Gender equality in education: Looking beyond parity” on 3 and 4 October in Paris. The Forum - just ahead of World Teachers’ Day, celebrated yearly on 5 October - will focus on gender inequality in classroom achievement and on women’s leadership role in education.
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Conference on Women's Economic Empowerment

Ottawa, Canada, 3 - 5 October 2011
Host / Sponsor: UN Women, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

The conference will focus on ways of opening economies to the full participation of women and on the tools needed by women to take advantage of and benefit from these economic opportunities. Fair participation by women in economic activities not only helps the women themselves but also can help whole communities rise out of poverty. The results of the conference will drive the activities and planning of CIDA and UN Women.
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World Teachers’ Day 2011: Teachers for Gender Equality

Worldwide, 5 October 2011
Host / Sponsor: UNESCO

Ahead of World Teachers’ Day, 5 October - dedicated this year to the theme of “teachers for gender equality” - UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics has published data demonstrating that at least two additional million teachers will be needed to meet the internationally agreed goal of universal primary education by 2015.
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CEDAW: 50th session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Geneva, Switzerland, 3 - 21 October 2011
Host / Sponsor: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), an expert body established in 1982, is composed of 23 experts on women's issues from around the world.

The Committee's mandate is very specific: it watches over the progress for women made in those countries that are the States parties to the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. A country becomes a State party by ratifying or acceding to the Convention and thereby accepting a legal obligation to counteract discrimination against women. The Committee monitors the implementation of national measures to fulfil this obligation.

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will hold its 50th session from 3 - 21 October 2011.
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International Day of Rural Women

Worldwide, 15 October 2011
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This international day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

International Day of Rural Women - 15 October

World Food Day

Worldwide, 16 October 2011
Host / Sponsor: FAO

The right to food is the inherent human right of every woman, man, girl and boy, wherever they live on this planet...
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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Worldwide, 17 October 2011
Host / Sponsor: The United Nations Millennium Campaign

The majority of poor people in the world are women. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty.
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United Nations Day

Worldwide, 24 October 2011
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter - 24 October 1945 - has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the achievements...
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Disarmament Week

Worldwide, 24 - 30 October 2011
Host / Sponsor: UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)

The annual observance of Disarmament Week, which begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, was called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly 1978 special session on disarmament (resolution S-10/2).
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Girls in ICT

Geneva, Switzerland, 27 October 2011
Host / Sponsor: International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

This session will be held during ITU TELECOM World 2011 to raise visibility for Girls in ICT activities among TELECOM participants in an effort to encourage the public and private ICT sector to train, support and hire more women.
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Open Debate of the Security Council on women and peace and security

New York, USA, 28 October 2011
Host / Sponsor: United Nations Security Council

The Nigerian Presidency of the Security Council will convene on 28 October 2011 an open debate on women and peace and security with a specific focus on “Women’s Participation and Role in Conflict Prevention and Mediation” to provide a forum for the Security Council, Member States and other stakeholders to review progress made in responding to these and related priorities. It will provide the opportunity to discuss further measures to achieve greater effectiveness of conflict prevention and resolution efforts through the increased participation of women and strengthened capacity to address gender issues in peace processes.

In anticipation of the Open Debate Member States, civil society and UN entities are holding side events during October 2011 to exchange knowledge and information related to UNSCR 1325. UN Women, as the system wide coordinator on women and peace and security, has collected a calendar of side events on SCR 1325 for dissemination.

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