WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY

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To measure the success of our societies, we should examine how well those with different abilities, including persons with autism, are integrated as full and valued members.

Ban Ki-moon

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.

The number of disabled youth has been increasing gradually and has resulted in heightened concern in relation to their rights and well-being. Many youth living with autism encounter issues such as: prejudice, social isolation and discrimination from members of their respective societies.

World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated yearly throughout the world in order to give opportunity to all to come together in highlighting the needs and dreams of people living with autism.

WORLD WATER DAY

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Water, the Hub of Life.

Water is its mater and matrix, mother and medium.

Water is the most extraordinary substance!

Practically all its properties are anomolous, which enabled life to use it as building

material for its machinery.

Life is water dancing to the tune of solids.

-Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Water is the most common liquid on our planet, vital to all life forms. Water, odorless, tasteless, transparent liquid, is colourless in small amount but exhibits a bluish tinge in large quantity. It is the most familiar and abundant liquid on earth.

On the 22nd of December 1992, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution through which 22nd March of each year is declared World Day for Water, as a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues and to prepare for how we manage water in the future.

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

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Racial discrimination divides and kills; it hinders peace and destabilises social unity within increasingly diverse societies. It can be brutal and wide-ranging, which sometimes is embodied in dissolute laws. It can also insidiously, silently, deprive people’s daily basic rights to employment, housing and a social life. We all have a role to play, each at our respective levels, in combating racism.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was established six years after an event, known as the Sharpeville tragedy or Sharpeville massacre, which captured worldwide attention. This event involved police opening fire and killing 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid “pass laws” in Sharpeville, South Africa on March 21, 1960.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS

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It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

- Charles Spurgeon 

Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.

- Aristotle

What is happiness? Is it subjective or can we put an objective value on it? How can and should we pursue happiness? The word of happiness is used frequently in our lives, and most of us strive to be happy. However, defining happiness can be knotty as there are many diverse routes to happiness subjected to an individual priority of life.

The concept of happiness is indeed straightforward; it is a state of mind, pleasant emotion made of love, inner peace, joy, contentment and fulfilment. It is an art that can be cultivated by focusing and being grateful on small things in life which are often ignored, but carry a lot of meaning. We all do our utmost and spend our entire lives for achieving success, more money, better career and greater wealth in order to attain happiness. Oppositely, the truth happiness is derived from the contentment of what we have - health, relationships, peace of mind, gratitude, kindness, love, faith and so forth and being grateful of every opportunity given to strive for betterment. Happiness is, without a doubt, our choice.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

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It’s the fire in my eyes, and the flash of my teeth, the swing in my waist, and the joy in my feet. I’m a woman phenomenally. It's in the click of my heels, the bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, the need of my care, 'Cause I'm a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me. 

-Maya Angelou

Women encounter challenges every day. Apart from sharing their communities, struggles over limited resources like jobs, many systematically face discrimination simply by virtue of being female. Young women around the globe possess the collective power to change their lives, their communities and even the world that we live in. Alas, that potential is often disregarded.