The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed on 25th of November yearly. This observance raises awareness of the continuing toll of gender-based violence. Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, emerging data and reports have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, violence against women was one of the most widespread, persistent, and devastating violations of human rights, with almost 18 percent of women and girls experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner. This year, during the first few weeks of the pandemic isolation, calls to violence against women helplines increased up to five fold, and for every 3 months the lockdown continues, an additional 15 million women are expected to be affected by violence.
The Universal Children’s Day, also known as the World Children’s Day takes please on November 20th every year. This was the date in 1959 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and on the same day in 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. On this day, it is the time to promote togetherness around the world, awareness of the problems children face in every corner of the globe, and improve the welfare for all children.
On the 15th Anniversary of the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance is important to reaffirm that tolerance is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world's cultures, lifestyles, ideologies, habits, customs, and other forms of expression and ways of being human. Tolerance recognises the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse and only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe.
The International Day for Tolerance is celebrated annually on the 16th of November and it is a time for people to learn about respecting and recognising the rights and beliefs of others and also a time of reflection and debate on the negative effects of intolerance. The concept of tolerance today often refers to the acceptance of an equal status for any human being on our planet. It bases on values like human rights and fundamental freedom for the individual.
“The current crisis should serve as a wakeup call regarding the urgency for increased financing and support of scientific research and collaboration. This concerns not only the natural sciences, but also the social and human and sciences.” - Audrey Azoulay, Director General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
Celebrated annually on 10th of November, the World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) highlights the important role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. This day also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.