International Women's Day

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The International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 8 March and it reflects on progress made and recognises acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. On this day we acknowledge women and girls that are effective powerful leaders and change makers on peace and development.
 
Despite the progress, real change has been agonisingly slow for the majority of women and girls in the world. Advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. Furthermore, women are increasingly being recognised as more vulnerable to climate change impacts than men, as they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent on the natural resources which climate change threatens the most.

International HPV Awareness Day Campaign

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The International HPV Awareness Day is observed on 4 Mach annually and aims to promote awareness around HPV infection, how it spreads, and how HPV infection and the diseases that it causes can be prevented. On this day, we intent to raise awareness about the availability of prevention tools, promote education about HPV, and encourage governments and individuals across the world to take action against HPV to save hundreds of thousands of women and men that can benefit from the HPV vaccine and/or screening for the early detection of cancer and treatment.
 
Sadly, there are over 200 difference types of HPV (human papillomavirus), a virus that is associated with 630,000 cancer diagnoses around the world. These cancers lead to 470,000 deaths worldwide, over 300,000 of which are deaths of women due to cervical cancer. Almost all cases of cervical and anal cancers, and one third of head and neck cancers, are caused by HPV. Tools currently available for the prevention of HPV related cancers are vaccination, cervical screening, and the treatment of cervical pre-cancers in women.

Zero Discrimination Day

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The Zero Discrimination Day is observed annually on 1 March and it was first celebrated by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in 2014. Sadly, discrimination has many forms, from racial or religious discrimination to discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation or age, and to bullying at school or at work and it continues to undermine efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world and causes pain and suffering for many.
 
In 2015, all countries pledged to reduce inequality within and between countries as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On this day, we Tackling inequality is not a new commitment—in 2015, all countries pledged to reduce inequality within and between countries as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Tackling inequality is not a new commitment—in 2015, all countries pledged to reduce inequality within and between countries as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. we neeis highlighting the urgent need to take action to end the inequalities surrounding income, sex, age, health status, occupation, disability, sexual orientation, drug use, gender identity, race, class, ethnicity and religion that continue to persist around the world.highlight the urgent need to take action to end the inequalities surrounding income, sex, age, health status, occupation, disability, sexual orientation, drug use, gender identity, race, class, ethnicity and religion that continue to persist around the world. Inequality is growing for more than 70 percent of the global population, exacerbating the risk of division and hampering economic and social development.

International Mother Language Day

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The International Mother Language Day is celebrated on 17 December and it was established in 1999 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. Unfortunately, 40 percent of the people in the world do not have access to education in a language that they understand.
 
Through globalisation, many languages are under threat of disappearing altogether but they are a crucial aspect of preserving cultures around the world. At least 43 percent of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have genuinely been given a place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world.

World Day of Social Justice

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The World Day of Social Justice is commemorated on 20 February and is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. This day supports efforts by the international community to search for solutions to achieve sustainable development, poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, universal social protection, gender equality and access to social well-being and justice for all. According to the facts on social justice, more than 212 million people were out of work, up from 201 million in previous years.
 
Meanwhile, 600 million new jobs need to be created by 2030, just to keep pace with the growth of the working age population. As inequalities widen, the social fabric of our societies is both stretched and strained. This often leads to a downward spiral of economic and social uncertainty and even unrest.More than 60 percent of the world’s employed population, that is 2 billion women, men and youth, earn their livelihoods in the informal economy and this is not by choice, but due to lack of opportunities in the formal economy.