International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Resolution 54/134). The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rapedomestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden. For 2014, the official Theme framed by the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women, is Orange your Neighbourhood. For 2018, the official theme is “Orange the World:#HearMeToo”, for 2019 it is “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape”, for 2020 it is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” and for 2021 it is “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!”.

Historically, the date is based on the date of the 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic; the killings were ordered by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930–1961). In 1981, activists at the Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Encuentros marked November 25 as a day to combat and raise awareness of violence against women more broadly; on February 7, 2000, the date received its official United Nations (UN) resolution.

The UN and the Inter-Parliamentary Union have encouraged governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities to support the day as an international observance. For example, UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) observes the day each year and offers suggestions for other organizations to observe it. For 2014, the focus is on how violence cuts across all 12 of the critical areas of concern of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which turns 20 next year.

International Men’s Day

International Men’s Day (IMD) is a global holiday celebrated annually on November 19 to recognise and celebrate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of men. The objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day are set out in ‘All The Six Pillars of International Men’s Day’. It is an occasion to celebrate boys’ and men’s achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to nation, union, society, community, family, marriage, and childcare. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values, as well as awareness towards men’s issues.

Inaugurated in 1992 on 7 February by Thomas Oaster, the project of International Men’s Day was conceived one year earlier on 8 February 1991. The project was re-initialised in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago. The longest running celebration of International Men’s Day is Malta, where events have occurred since 7 February 1994. Now as Malta was the only country that observed the February date of celebrating Men and their contribution to the society, the Maltese AMR Committee voted in 2009 to shift the date for IMD to 19 November.

Jerome Teelucksingh, who revived the event, chose November 19 to honour his father’s birthday and also to celebrate how on that date in 1989 Trinidad and Tobago’s football team had united the country with their endeavours to qualify for the World Cup.Teelucksingh has promoted International Men’s Day as not just a gendered day but a day where all issues affecting men and boys can be addressed. He has said of IMD and its grass roots activists, “They are striving for gender equality and patiently attempt to remove the negative images and the stigma associated with men in our society”. Unlike International Women’s Day (March 8), International Men’s Day is not officially recognised by the United Nations, which observes World Toilet Day on November 19.

15th November (2021): Day of the Imprisoned Writer

The Day of the Imprisoned Writer is an annual, international day intended to recognize and support writers who resist repression of the basic human right to freedom of expression and who stand up to attacks made against their right to impart information. This day is observed each year on November 15. It was started in 1981 by PEN International‘s Writers in Prison Committee.

In addition to increasing the public’s awareness of persecuted writers in general, PEN uses the Day of the Imprisoned Writer to direct attention to several specific persecuted or imprisoned writers and their individual circumstances. Each of the selected writers is from a different part of the world, and each case represents circumstances of repression that occur when governments or other entities in power feel threatened by what writers have written. On this day, the general public is encouraged to take action—in the form of donations and letters of appeal—on behalf of the selected writers.

The day also serves to commemorate all of the writers killed since the previous year’s Day of the Imprisoned Writer. Between November 15, 2007, and November 15, 2008, at least 39 writers from around the world were killed in circumstances that appeared to be related to their professions.

13th November (2021): World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is an international observance on 13 November. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of nations’ kindness NGOs. It is observed in many countries, including Canada, Australia, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates. Singapore observed the day for the first time in 2009. Italy and India also observed the day. In the UK, it is fronted by David Jamilly, who co-founded Kindness Day UK with Louise Burfitt-Dons.

In 2010, at the request of Michael Lloyd-White, the NSW Federation Parents and Citizens Association wrote to the Minister of The NSW Department of Education to place World Kindness Day on the NSW School Calendar.

In 2012, at the request of the Chairman of World Kindness Australia, World Kindness Day was placed on the Federal School Calendar and the then Minister of School Education, Early Childhood, and Youth. The Hon Peter Garrett provided a Declaration of Support for World Kindness Australia and placed World Kindness Day on the National School Calendar for over 9000 schools.

Schools across the globe are now celebrating World Kindness Day and work with local NGOs such as the Be Kind People Project and Life Vest Inside In the USA. In 2012 in Australia, Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales, hosted an event for the first time at Government House to celebrate World Kindness Day and accepted a Cool To Be Kind Award from year 3 & 4 students. Australian Councils representing over 1.3 million residents have also signed Declarations of Support for World Kindness Australia placing World Kindness Day on the Council Calendar of Events.

Events include THE BIG HUG, handing out Kindness Cards, Global Flashmob, which was coordinated by Orly Wahba from the US and was held in 15 countries and 33 cities with its images of the event making the big screens in New York City. Canada celebrates with The Kindness Concert and in Singapore in 2009, 45,000 yellow flowers were given away. In 2017 World Kindness day was also celebrated in Slovenia, organised by volunteering organisation Humanitarček as part of their project Randomised Kindness.

World Kindness Day is to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness for good which binds us. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the divides of race, religion, politics, gender and location. Kindness Cards are also an ongoing activity which can either be passed on to recognize an act of kindness and or ask that an act of kindness be done. Approaches are being made to the United Nations by the peak global body, the World Kindness Movement, to have World Kindness Day officially recognized and its members unanimously sign a Declaration of Support for World Kindness.

According to Gulf News, “it is a day that encourages individuals to overlook boundaries, race and religion.”

12th November (2021): World Pneumonia Day

World Pneumonia Day (12 November) provides an annual forum for the world to stand together and demand action in the fight against pneumonia. More than 100 organizations representing the interests of children joined forces as the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia to hold the first World Pneumonia Day on 2 November 2009. Save The Children artist ambassadors Gwyneth Paltrow and Hugh Laurie, Charles MacCormack of Save The Children, Orin Levine of PneumoADIP, Lance Laifer of Hedge Funds vs. Malaria & Pneumonia, the Global Health Council, the GAVI Alliance, and the Sabin Vaccine Institute joined together in a call to action asking people to participate in World Pneumonia Day on 2 November. In 2010, World Pneumonia Day falls on 12 November.

Pneumonia is a preventable and treatable disease that sickens 155 million children under 5 and kills 1.6 million each year. This makes pneumonia the number 1 killer of children under 5, claiming more lives in this age group than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Yet most people are unaware of pneumonia’s overwhelming death toll. Because of this, pneumonia has been overshadowed as a priority on the global health agenda, and rarely receives coverage in the news media. World Pneumonia Day helps to bring this health crisis to the public’s attention and encourages policy makers and grassroots organizers alike to combat the disease.

In spite of the massive death toll of this disease, affordable treatment and prevention options exist. There are effective vaccines against the two most common bacterial causes of deadly pneumonia, Haemophilus influenzae type B and Streptococcus pneumoniae, and most common viral cause of pneumonia, Orthomyxoviridae. A course of antibiotics which costs less than $1(US) is capable of curing the disease if it is started early enough. The Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia (GAPP) released by the WHO and UNICEF on World Pneumonia Day, 2009, finds that 1 million children’s lives could be saved every year if prevention and treatment interventions for pneumonia were widely introduced in the world’s poorest countries.

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that 192 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015. The fourth of these goals is to reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate. Because pneumonia causes such a large number of under five deaths (almost 20%), in order to achieve MDG 4, the world must do something to reduce pneumonia deaths.

12th November 2021: it came out the new album of Silk Sonic ♬ Blast Off

Today (12th November) it came out the new album of Silk Sonic: “an evening with silk sonic”. to celebrate this album, that I considere very nice, I post this song:

LYRIC

Clouds are blowin’, don’t know where we’re goin’
But we’re levitatin’ up in this room (Ah-ah-ah)
All these colors just like rainbows in summer
Got us smilin’ like our dreams just came true (Yeah)

I took a little somethin’ to get here, yeah, yeah
I got a little more if you’re ready, we can have it all

Oh, let’s tip-toe to a magical place
Blast off and kiss the moon tonight
And watch the world go crazy from outer space
Blast off into the sky

As we’re flyin’, stars are multiplyin’
We’re up so high, we’d be fools to look down
Shapes turn paisley, this is so amazin’
Destination, pure sensation startin’ right now (Woo)

I took a little somethin’ to get here, yeah, yeah
I got a little more if you’re ready, we can have it all

Oh, let’s tip-toe to a magical place
Blast off and kiss the moon tonight
And watch the world go crazy from outer space
Blast off into the sky

Into the sky
Into the sky
Dance all night on Saturn’s ring
If you got some friends that you wanna bring, then come on
It’s time to take this party up and beyond

Let’s tip-toe to a magical place (Come fly with me)
Blast off and kiss the moon tonight (To the moon and the stars above)
And watch the world go crazy from outer space
Blast off into the sky

Blastin’ off straight to some good vibrations
Can we take it higher? (Oh yeah)
Blastin’ off straight to some good vibrations
Can we take it higher? (Oh yeah)
Blastin’ off straight to some good vibrations
Can we take it higher? (Oh yeah)
Blastin’ off straight to some good vibrations
Can we take it higher? (Oh yeah, come on)
Blastin’ off straight to some good vibrations
Can we take it higher? (Oh yeah)
All the way from the stratosphere
Sendin’ love from up above
Happy trails, baba

♬ JOEL CORRY – I Wish (feat Mabel)

LYRIC

[Intro]
Doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo, doo-doo-doo

[Verse 1]
I wish, I wish
I could hear you say my name
I wish, I wish
We could do it all again
I wish, I wish
I didn’t have myself to blame
It’s you I miss, yeah

[Pre-Chorus]
‘Cause when I look back at us
I know we almost had it all
But the time wasn’t right
I should have loved you more
But there’s no going back
Still I need you to know that
I’m not who I was before, no

[Chorus]
I think of you every day, every night
You said you needed space
And you needed time
And I want you to know
What I did wasn’t right
Wish I could change your mind
I wish, I wish
[Verse 2]
I wish, I wish
I didn’t say “goodbye” so fast
I wish, I wish
I could take the moment back
I wish, I wish
I cherished everything we had
Boy, it’s you I miss (I)

[Pre-Chorus]
‘Cause when I look back at us
I know we almost had it all
But the time wasn’t right
I should have loved you more
But there’s no going back
Still I need you to know that
I’m not who I was before, no

[Chorus]
I think of you every day, every night
You said you needed space

And you needed time
And I want you to know
What I did wasn’t right
Wish I could change your mind
I wish, I wish
[Post-Chorus]
Doo-doo-doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo, doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo, doo-doo-doo
Wish I could change your mind
I wish, I wish

[Bridge]
It’s not much I’m asking, baby (Not much)
What I gotta do for you to believe me?
If a second chance sounds crazy
Then I don’t know how I’m gonna be

[Chorus]
I think of you every day, every night
You said you needed space
And you needed time
And I want you know
What I did wasn’t right (It wasn’t right)
Wish I could change your mind
I wish, I wish
Oh-woah, woah-oh, I wish

[Post-Chorus]
Doo-doo-doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo-doo (Oh)
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo, doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo, doo-doo-doo
Wish I could change your mind
I wish, I wish
[Chorus]
I think of you every day, every night
You said you needed space
And you needed time (Oh)
I want you know
What I did wasn’t right
Wish I could change your mind
I wish, I wish

10th November (2021): World Science Day for Peace and Development

World Science Day for Peace and Development is an international day that highlights the important role that science has in society and is celebrated each year on November 10. It also highlights the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. World Science Day was proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001 and celebrated for the first time in 2002.

By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

The objectives of World Science Day for Peace and Development are to:

  • Strengthen public awareness on the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies;
  • Promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries;
  • Renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies;
  • Draw attention to the challenges faced by science and raising support for the scientific endeavour.

Individuals and institutions around the world are encouraged to organize an event or activity on World Science Day, including government officials, students, the media and school pupils. World Science Day for Peace and Development has generated many concrete projects, programmes and funding for science around the world. It has also helped foster cooperation between scientists living in regions marred by conflict, one example being the UNESCO-supported creation of the Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization (IPSO).

♬ ED SHEERAN – Overpass Graffiti

LYRIC

This is a dark parade
Another rough patch to rain on, to rain on
I know your friends may say
This is a cause for celebration, hip-hip-hooray, love
Photographs in sepia tones
It’s so still, the fire’s barely fighting the cold, alone
There are times when I can feel your ghost
Just when I’m almost letting you go
The cards were stacked against us bothI will always love you for what it’s worth
We’ll never fade like graffiti on the overpass
And I know time may change the way you think of us
But I’ll remember the way we were, you were the first full stop
Love that will never leave
Baby, you will never be lost on meThis is a goddamn shame
I never wanted to break it, or leave us tainted
Know I should walk away
But I just can’t replace us, or even erase us
The car was stuck, the engine stalled
And both of us got caught out in the snow, alone
There were times when I forget the lows
And think the highs were all that we’d ever known
The cards were stacked against us bothI will always love you for what it’s worth
We’ll never fade like graffiti on the overpass
And I know time may change the way you think of us
But I’ll remember the way we were, you were the first full stop
Love that will never leave
Baby, you will never be lost on meLost on me
Baby, you will never be lost on me
Lost on meWell, I will always love you for what it’s worth
We’ll never fade like graffiti on the overpass
And I know time may change the way you think of us
But I’ll remember the way we were, you were the first full stop
Love that will never leave
Baby, you will never be lost on meYeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Lost on me
Ooh, graffiti on the overpass

8th November (2021): World Urbanism Day

The international organisation for World Urbanism Day, also known as “World Town Planning Day”, was founded in 1949 by the late Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera of the University of Buenos Aires, a graduate at the Institut d’urbanisme in Paris, to advance public and professional interest in planning. It is celebrated in more than 30 countries on four continents each November 8th. It is a special day to recognise and promote the role of planning in creating livable communities. World Urbanism Day presents an excellent opportunity to look at planning from a global perspective, an event which appeals to the conscience of citizens and public authorities in order to draw attention to the environmental impact resulting from the development of cities and territories.