Dear Readers, Orange the World: 2019 theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov 25) is ‘Generation Equality Stands Against Rape”. As before, this year’s International Day marked the launch of 16 days of activism, concluding on 10 December, which is International Human Rights Day.
During the official commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 26-year-old Anja Jusic from Bosnia, President of the Forgotten Children of War Association, spoke about her advocacy to end the stigma of survivors of sexual violence in conflict and their children. She was born out of rape during the Bosnia war and said “ “I used to ask myself, “Who my father is, what is my genetics”. Her story moved everyone in the hall and gave her a standing ovation . Studies shows that there were 20,000 children born out of rape during the 100 days of genocide in Rwanda alone. Rape is used as a weapon of war. For the next two years, the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls, will focus on the issue of rape as a specific form of harm committed against women and girls in times of peace or war. Please Join the 16 Days Campaign.
19 November: The World Toilet Day: The UN has released a joint agency report profiling the labor conditions of sanitation workers globally. The International Labor Organization (ILO), WaterAid, World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO) called the assessment the most extensive global study on this issue to date. Titled, ‘Health, Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers: An Initial Assessment,’ the report highlights the value of sanitation work, and the health risks that sanitation workers experience in many developing countries, while providing society with an essential public health service.
November 20, 2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the adoption of theConvention on the Rights of the Child(CRC) “Our children are our greatest treasure; they’re our future.” – Nelson Mandela The celebration opened with remarks on the need to ramp up progress towards the 2030 agenda within the context of protecting children. It is not enough to just have standards written on paper; there must be full implementation as well. More opportunities need to be created for children to exercise their power and decision- making skills. The interactive segment of the event featured speeches from UNICEF Goodwill ambassadors David Beckham and Millie Bobby Brown, live musical performances on the topic of refugees, videos from youth activists around the world, and statements from children about their experiences. The themes were climate change, humanitarian crises, and education.
Goal of the Month: SDG 6 : Today 1 in 3 people around the world lack safe drinking water. Universal access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation could reduce the global disease burden by 10 per cent and is considered the most cost-effective health intervention. Water and sanitation remain at the core of sustainable development, affecting not just our health but also significantly influencing socio-economic development, peace and security, inequalities and the wellbeing of our ecosystems. For more information, visit: https://www.unwater.org/water-facts/
Climate Conference in Madrid- Spain: Dec 2-13: The world is heading for a 3.2 degrees Celsius global temperature rise even if countries meet commitments made under the 2015 Paris Agreement says UN emissions report. Cop 25 scheduled to be held in Chile is now in Madrid due to the unrest in Chile. Three participants from two organizations are going under MMS accreditation though no MMS . We will co-sponsor an event during the conference with them.
Upcoming events & Registrations:
December 1. World Aids day;“Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community”
December 2. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery;The focus of the Day is to eradicate contemporary forms of slavery;40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery.
- Commission on Social Development CSOCD 58 – 10 to 19 February 2020,
- Commission on the Status of Women CSW 64 – 9 to 20 March 2020.
https://reg.unog.ch/event/32547/registration/ : https://reg.unog.ch/event/32333/registration/ MMS and Associates wishing to participate CSOCD or CSW please register before the deadlineJanuary 20, in the link above as Registration is mandatory.
Signs of Hope :
- A young man Ismaël Ebone from Cameroon has been cleaning up pollution in his city by turning plastic bottles into boats. To the astonishment of the fishermen this boat worked like a dream.
- A 7-year-old Jessie Stephenson has gathered almost 70,000 signatures on her petition to force Crayola to make their coloring pens recyclable. Her petition asking Crayola UK to give its British customers a recycling scheme. “I care about the environment because we live here and if we wreck it, we won’t get a second chance.” the petition goes on.
- The government of New Zealand has enshrined their commitments to the Paris Agreement by approving a new legislation to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.In a historic bipartisan agreement, (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill was passed for 119-1 vote.
- A 9-year-old boy from Los Angles became an international advocate and spokesperson this year for the standardized label initiative. Ryan established his own recycling company when he was just three-years-old—and since then, Ryan’s Recycling has properly diverted over a half million cans and bottles.
Wishing you all a Happy Advent ! Celine and Lea