WORLD AIDS DAY

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One of the best ways to fight stigma and empower HIV positive people is by speaking out openly and honestly about who we are and what we experience.

-Alex Garner, HIV Activist

We live in a globe of stigma and intolerance, too often, coming out to say your status is met with anger, criticism, and possibly even hostility. The most common emotion that people experience upon learning that they are HIV positive is shame. It is a critical and paralyzing emotion that has no advantages and serves no purpose. Speaking out is one of the best remedy to shame. When people speak openly and boldly about their HIV status, we can find genuineness and empowerment that can help to foster a stronger and healthier society.

World AIDS day is celebrated every year all over the world on 1st of December to raise the public awareness about AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). AIDS is a pandemic caused due to the infection of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The day is celebrated by the government organisations, NGOs, civil societies and other health institutions, dedicated to commemorate those who have passed on and to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV virus.

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

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Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and end violence against women and girls, starting by challenging the culture of discrimination that allows it to continue.

-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

What a staggering fact, knowing that one in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Violence against women impacts on, and hinders, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, peace and security. It is, indeed, an outbreak of worldwide proportions.

Unlike sickness, there is no vaccine, medication or cure in violence against women. It is a choice made and thus, perpetrators can choose to stop. It is not inevitable and it can be prevented through a united effort and joint collaboration from all stakeholders. Thus, it is a time to call all in joining the global efforts in the holistic prevention strategies which include multiple and parallel interventions in order for the results to last.

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (2)

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Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and end violence against women and girls, starting by challenging the culture of discrimination that allows it to continue.

-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

What a staggering fact, knowing that one in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Violence against women impacts on, and hinders, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, peace and security. It is, indeed, an outbreak of worldwide proportions.

Unlike sickness, there is no vaccine, medication or cure in violence against women. It is a choice made and thus, perpetrators can choose to stop. It is not inevitable and it can be prevented through a united effort and joint collaboration from all stakeholders. Thus, it is a time to call all in joining the global efforts in the holistic prevention strategies which include multiple and parallel interventions in order for the results to last.

NTERNATIONAL DAY FOR TOLERANCE

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On this International Day of Tolerance, I call on all people and governments to actively combat fear, hatred and extremism with dialogue, understanding and mutual respect. Let us advance against the forces of division and unite for our shared future.

- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Tolerance is not passive or silent acceptance of differences; it is inseparable from respect for fundamental human rights. It is constant commitment to facilitating exchanges and dialogue, despite difficulties and a lack of understanding which can lead to inward-looking attitudes. It is a call to question prejudice and commonly-held beliefs.

WORLD SCIENCE DAY FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT

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Proclaimed by the UNESCO in 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) celebrates the benefits of science worldwide annually on 10th November. It was during the World Conference on Science in Budapest in 1999, that UNESCO realised the need to come up with a day that bridges the gap and misconception between science and society.

Established WSDPD in 2001, UNESCO continuously works with people, government agencies, other organisations and stakeholders to promote this day and offers an opportunity to educate societies on the relevance of science to their daily lives and human existence as well as encourage public to support the development and advancement of science.