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December 2012

World Aids Day

Worldwide, 1 December 2012
Host / Sponsor: UN

World AIDS Day is celebrated around the world on December 1st each year. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories, such as increased access to treatment and prevention services. UNAIDS took the lead on campaigning for World AIDS Day from its creation until 2004. From 2004 onwards the World AIDS Campaign's Global Steering Committee began selecting a theme for World AIDS Day in consultation with civil society, organisations and government agencies involved in the AIDS response. Themes run for one or two years and are not just specific to World AIDS Day. Campaigning slogans such as 'Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise' have been used year-round to hold governments accountable for their HIV and AIDS related commitments.

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> 2012 UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report - Results
> Infographic: Every minute, a young woman is newly infected with HIV
> UNAIDS Google+ Hangout with Annie Lennox, Michel Sidibé and Florence Ngobeni-Allen
> Educating for an AIDS-free world
> WFP Marks 10 Years On Front Lines Against AIDS
> UNAIDS Executive Director's World AIDS Day message (video)
> Message by UN Women Executive Michelle Bachelet on the occasion of World AIDS Day

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.

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