In 2015, the United Nations celebrates the Year of Light, an “observance that aims to raise awareness of the achievements of light science…and its importance to humankind.” Yet, as Pia Vogler writes, “Night time [in and of itself] is scarcely discussed when it comes to the analysis of life in a refugee camp.”
World Environment Day (WED), observed annually on June 5th, strives to increase awareness about issues facing the environment. Sponsored by the United Nations Environment Program, WED has been celebrated for decades. This movement encourages individuals to take an active role in cleaning up their communities and help preserve natural resources for future generations.
For much of my life, International Women’s Day has been an honourable but distant commemoration. The UN established the day in 1975 to promote women’s rights globally, but from my comfortable Canadian vantage point the problems facing women in the rest of world lacked the substance of reality.
The second annual Zero Discrimination Day fights to remove stigma and prejudice for any reason, including race, gender, age, sex, and health status. This year’s event focuses on eliminating discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS to make it easier for them to seek fast and effective treatment.
To celebrate International Mother Language Day, we look at Never Alone, a new video game featuring the language and traditional stories of the northern Iñupiat people. Tribal elders relate important stories that are beautifully illustrated into an interactive journey.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) — also referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision — is widely consider to be a human rights violation against girls and women, and the rights of children, as it is often carried out on young girls, usually between the ages of their infancy and fifteen.
In December, the United Nations deemed 2014 one of the worst years on record for the world’s children, especially those in the Middle East and Africa. Despite this dire news, it is also important to focus on UNICEF’s successes in its efforts to support the rights of children worldwide, and what can be done to achieve a better outlook for 2015.
Today, more than 232 million people live outside their countries of birth, with the U.S. as the top destination, followed by Russia, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Manav Seva Sansthan, SEVA, works at strategic Indo-Nepal cross border transit points to ensure safe and informed migration and to combat human trafficking.
Every day, millions of people around the world volunteer their time, energy and expertise to various causes to make our planet a better place. They do this with programs at work, in their community or simply as individuals. Today, International Volunteer Day celebrates those people whose generous actions help others throughout the year.