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November 2012

Malala Day

Worldwide, 10 November 2012
Host / Sponsor: Worldwide

10 November has been designated as Malala Day in honour of 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, an education and gender equality advocate in Pakistan, who was seriously wounded when Taliban gunmen shot her in the head and neck while she was on a school bus in October. On 10 November, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, will deliver a petition in support of Malala and the universal right to education. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging people around the world on 10 November to speak out for Malala Yousafzai and on behalf of the 61 million children worldwide still not in school.

> Main website: www.iammalala.org
> UN chief calls for support for Malala and education for children

Mainstreaming gender equality: concepts and instruments

Worldwide, 5-16 November 2012
Host / Sponsor: ITC-ILO

This workshop is designed to meet the needs of those who need to get up-to-speed with gender mainstreaming and gender tools. It will appeal to those responsible for designing and implementing development policies and programmes, and wish to make sure that they truly advance gender equality priorities, at organizational, national and international level.

The participation fees (3,250 euros) cover tuition as well as full board and lodging (13 nights).

A few partial fellowships covering up to 35% of the course costs are available for nationals from developing countries.

Some reduction in cost may be available for organizations sending 3 or more staff. Please contact ITC-ILO directly for more information.

Deadline to apply: 21 September 2012.

> Application form
> Course flyer
> Enrolment procedures (Please read carefully)
> More ITC-ILO activities

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Worldwide, 25 November 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day. Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961). On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly, by resolution 48/104, adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.

> Read more
> UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
> UN Women Executive Director Message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
> Official Commemoration of the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (28 November, UN, New York)

Create UNAOC 2012 Challenge: An international competition for app and game developers

Worldwide, 27 July-30 November 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the MIT Education Arcade, and Learning Games Network

As part of the international competition Create UNAOC 2012, The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the MIT Education Arcade, and Learning Games Network is seeking app and game developers to produce apps and mobile games that enable new avenues for intercultural dialogue.

The aim of the project is to identify opportunities through innovative tools that promote intercultural dialogue, drawing on unique cultural resources and experiences of developers around the world. Five finalist apps and games will be selected by an international jury, awarded funds for producers to refine their creations and played by delegates of the 5th Annual UNAOC Forum in Vienna, Austria, 27-28 February 2013. The global competition will accept submissions through the end of November 2012.

The UNAOC and its organizing partners want to encourage developers to think of ways that new apps and games can be used to support such pursuits as gender equality, youth development, migrant integration, religious pluralism, better understanding among individuals of different cultural and religious backgrounds, biased media representation of cultures and religions, and education.

Developers may register to participate in the competition between 27 July and 30 November 2012 at http://www.CreateUNAOC.org.

> Read more

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign

Worldwide, 25 November - 10 December 2012
Host / Sponsor: Center for Women's Global Leadership

The 2012 16 Days Campaign global theme is "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!".

The sub-themes of the Campaign are:

  • Sexual and gender-based violence committed by state agents, particularly the police or military
  • Proliferation of small arms and their role in domestic violence
  • Sexual violence in and after conflict

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates 25 November (International Day Against Violence Against Women) and 10 December (International Human Rights Day) in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including 29 November, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, 1 December, World AIDS Day, and 6 December, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

> Read more
> Say NO - UNiTE to End Violence against Women: 16 Days
> Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls

United Nations Security Council Open Debate on UNCSR 1325

United Nations, New York, 30 November 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The United Nations Security Council will hold an Open Debate to mark the 12th anniversary of the UN Security Council resolution 1325, with a focus on "the Role of Women's Civil Society Organizations in Contributing to the Prevention and Resolution of Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding." The debate will be webcast live from 10:00 a.m. (New York time).

> Women's Role in Peace and Security
> Report of the UN Secretary-General on women and peace and security
> UN Secretary-General, at Security Council Debate on Women, Peace, Security, Calls Ensuring Gender Equality 'a Daily Responsibility', 'Unfinished Mission'
> Statement of UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at the Open Debate of Security Council on Women and Peace and Security

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