International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

By Darleen Lyons | November 24, 2021

Did you know? Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence. Women and girls are disproportionately subjected to violence, including femicide, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, trafficking, and harmful practices. Women’s…

16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

By Darleen Lyons | November 23, 2021

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until December 10, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues each year by the…

World Children’s Day

By Darleen Lyons | November 18, 2021

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day. It is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. On December 14, 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day, to be observed as a day of…

International Day of Girl Child

By Darleen Lyons | October 11, 2021

International Day of the Girl Child is an annual and internationally recognized observance on October 11 that empowers girls and amplifies their voices. Like its adult version, International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, International Day of the Girl Child acknowledges the importance, power, and potential of adolescent girls by encouraging the opening up of…

World Homeless Day

By Darleen Lyons | October 9, 2021

The last time a global survey of homelessness was attempted by the United Nations (in 2005), statistics showed that homelessness is on the rise. In fact, it was estimated that more than 100 million people worldwide are homeless, and at least 1.5 billion people lacked housing that was adequate. It is with this in mind…

World Mental Health Day

By Darleen Lyons | October 9, 2021

World Mental Health Day is on October 10 and as our understanding of mental health grows, we grow along with it. Mental health has come a long way since the early nineties when the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH) officially established the day. Our self-awareness and sensitivity towards it have changed things for the…

Literacy Day

By Darleen Lyons | September 8, 2021

Since 1967, September 8th, has been celebrated as International Literacy Day (ILD) annually around the world. It is to remind the public of the magnitude of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights. Plus, to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society. Even though there has been at lot…

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CHARITY

By Darleen Lyons | September 4, 2021

Did you know that Harvard University organized the first American fundraising drive, which raised 500 pounds? This was in 1643, before America was an official country. We were still a colony of Great Britain. There is even written documentation that in 2500BC, a mandatory tax (or ‘tithe’) to benefit the poor was first instituted by…

Equality Day 2021

By Darleen Lyons | August 26, 2021

A day in Women’s History – August 26, 1920 was the day in women’s history we need to acknowledge and always remember the 19th amendment was certified by Bainbridge Colby, the Secretary of State. It was 72 years after women’s suffrage started. 26 million women were granted the ability to vote. 9 million women voted…

World Humanitarian Day

By Darleen Lyons | August 19, 2021

World Humanitarian Day is celebrated on 19 August every year. 2021 is the twelfth year the humanitarian community has marked the day. This year, World Humanitarian Day is focused on the climate crisis. A global challenge for climate action in harmony with the people who need it most. This has become urgent as the world is…