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Orange Your World!

Frank Elbers

Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. According to UN Women, at least one in three women in the world has suffered from violence, usually by someone known to her. In many societies, bias in the legal system and

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A record 65.3 million displaced

Frank Elbers

Today is World Refugee Day. New figures released by UNHCR show that 65.3 million people were displaced at the end of 2015, compared to 59.5 million just 12 months earlier. Of these 21.3 million are refugees*. The numbers and charts

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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Frank Elbers

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. On this day in 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. Like racism, xenophobia or anti-semitism, homophobia and transphobia are forms of discrimination. They include the

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Human Rights Day

Frank Elbers

Today is Human Rights Day! On this day of celebrating human rights, I invite you to give children around the world an education in human rights. Children like Premalatha: Watch Premalatha’s story   “I have been denied my rights. But

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Orange your world!

Frank Elbers

In December 1999, the 54th session of the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 54/134 declaring November 25th the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The origins of November 25th go back to 1960, when the three

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World Food Day – 16 October

Frank Elbers

October 16th is World Food Day, which was celebrated for the first time in 1981 as a result of a 1979 resolution by members of the FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Since 1997, it is

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International Day of Older Persons – 1 October

Frank Elbers

Today, one in every ten persons is 60 years and older. By 2050, one out of every five will be an older person, and by 2150, one third of the people in the world are expected to be 60 years

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World Humanitarian Day

Frank Elbers

Today we’re celebrating the heroes who dedicate their lives to helping those in crises. World Humanitarian Day falls on 19 August, the day when, in 2003, 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN headquarters in Baghdad.

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Well-being and education of women and girls is best predictor of peace

Frank Elbers

Yesterday the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva held a panel discussion on realizing the equal enjoyment of the right to education by every girl, which focused on a broad spectrum of situations and obstacles that girls face when accessing

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Third anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training

Frank Elbers

Today marks the third anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. This landmark document recognises the right of every one of the planet’s seven billion people to have access to human rights

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