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December 2011


16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

Worldwide, 25 November - 10 December 2011
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

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign is an international campaign that began in 1991. From November 25th, the International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, International Human Rights Day, the campaign calls on individuals and groups around the world to act to end all forms of violence against women and girls. Making the critical link between violence against women and human rights, the campaign observes several significant dates in its 16 days, including November 29th, International Women's Human Rights Defenders Day; December 1st, World AIDS Day; and December 6th, the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, where a man deliberately gunned down 14 women students.

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> 16 Steps Policy Agenda to End Violence against Women

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> Say NO UNiTE to End Violence against Women




World AIDS Day

Worldwide, 1 December 2011
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 2011
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 2011
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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Human Rights Day

Worldwide, 10 December 2011
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 2011
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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