The celebration of the World Health Day is taking place, every year, on 7th of April under the leadership of World Health Organisation (WHO) in order to draw the mass people attention towards the importance of global health. This Day aims to create awareness of specific health themes and over the past 5 decades, this day has brought to light important health issues such as: mental health, maternal and child care, and climate change.
As COVID-19 has highlighted, some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others - entirely due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age.Hence, the theme for the World Health Day is ‘Building a fairer, healthier world’ and among other issues it urges leaders to monitor health inequities, and to ensure that all people are able to access quality health services when and where they need them.
The United Nations have proclaimed the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on April 06, and is celebrated annually to promote peace through sports. Values of sports like tolerance, fairness, teamwork, and mutual respect support a peaceful living together in solidarity. It is a day when some sport and development actors work together with communities to bring sporting opportunities to enrich lives, particularly youth.
Sport activities and events have been particularly affected by the necessary health measures and restrictions imposed in countries around the world. Despite this challenge, this day remains a great opportunity for the sport and development community to showcase the ways sport has been helping countries, communities, and individuals to navigate these challenging times and build back better. The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace promotes healthy lifestyles and focuses on giving as many people as possible access to sport. Sport is a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and networks, and to promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance, and justice.
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed on 21st March yearly, to remind everyone of the consequences of racial discrimination and also encourages people to remember their obligation to combat racial discrimination. It is a day of great significance in the history of the struggle to end the policy of Apartheid which segregated people on the basis of their race and skin colour as well as denied the basic human rights of the minority.
Racial discrimination is a poison that diminishes individuals and societies, perpetuates inequality and feeds anger, bitterness, and violence. The fight against racism and all forms of discrimination is a mainstay of peace and social cohesion, especially in our increasingly diverse societies. On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, WAY calls on young people, member organisations, and partners to step up their efforts to build a more inclusive, more giving, and fairer world.
“We need women’s representation that reflects all women and girls in all their diversity and abilities, and across all cultural, social, economic and political situations. This is the only way we will get real societal change that incorporates women in decision-making as equals and benefits us all." said UN Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
International Women’s Day celebrated every year on 8th March in order to reflect on progress made, call for change, and recognise acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. When women lead, we see positive results. Some of the most efficient and exemplary responses to the COVID-19 pandemic were led by women. At the same time, women, especially young women, are at the forefront of diverse and inclusive movements online and on the streets for social justice, climate change, and equality in all parts of the world.
Today marks the 4th annual International HPV Awareness Day, a day that is used to spread knowledge and prevention around the globe. The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) is joining forces worldwide to commemorate this Day and to spark conversation and promote a worldwide exchange of ideas, knowledge, and research materials about human papilloma viruses (HPV) and their associated diseases.
There are more than 200 different HPV types, 80 percent of people will have HPV at some point in their lifetime and while for many it will cause no harm. Whereas, some types of HPVs are known to cause certain type of cancers such as: cervical, anal, and/or pharyngeal cancer. Worldwide, cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women and sadly an estimated 270,000 women die of cervical cancer every year.