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International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda

Skulls of victims of the genocide in Rwanda (Source: Wikimedia Commons)7 April 2014 -- The Rwandan genocide began on this date in 1994. In three months, Hutu extremists murdered approximately 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus. As part of this Day, special observances and activities in memory of the genocide's victims are held worldwide. The Day also seeks to support the survivors of the genocide and strengthen the international community's efforts to truly make "never again" a reality. Learn more >> 

World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice (Source: February 2014 -- In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly established 20 February as the World Day of Social Justice. Governments are invited to commemorate the day by supporting the efforts of the international community to eradicate poverty, promote full employment and decent work, achieve gender equity and provide access to social well-being and justice for all. Learn more >>

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Child survivors of the Holocaust filmed during the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Red Army, January 1945 (Photo source: Wikipedia)27 January 2014 -- The United Nations has designated 27 January as an annual International Day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. On this date in 1945, Soviet Red Army troops liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Every member nation of the U.N. has an obligation to honor the memory of Holocaust victims and develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides. Learn more >>

International Migrants Day

Migrant worker family in California, United States, 1936 (Source: Wikimedia Commons/Dorothea Lange)18 December 2013 -- International Migrants Day, designated in 2000 by the UN General Assembly, commemorates the adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families on 18 December 1990. The Day recognises the contributions of millions of immigrants worldwide and promotes respect for the rights of migrant workers and their families. Learn more >>

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day 201310 December 2013 -- On this day in 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has become a universal standard for defending and promoting human rights. Every year on 10 December, Human Rights Day commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration and recognises that "All human beings are born with equal and inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms". Learn more >>

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Women in RDC (image source: UNICEF)25 November 2013 -- Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. At least one in three women in the world has suffered from violence. November 25th was declared an International Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999, but its origins go back to 1960, when the three Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic were violently assassinated for their political activism. Learn more >>

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Disability rights3 December 2013 -- The annual observance of the Day aims to increase awareness and understanding of disability issues and trends, and to mobilise support for practical action at all levels. This year's theme of removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society is a reminder of how much needs to be done to ensure that people with disabilities can live an independent and active life. Learn more >>

Millennium Development Goals

The eight Millennium Development Goals range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015. Learn more >>

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Upcoming courses and training workshops:

- 2014 Advocacy Institute
- 4th Annual Indigenous Peoples' Rights Course & Field Visit in Costa Rica

- Children in War and Armed Conflicts
- Child Rights Programming
- Citizens and Advocacy (Advanced Course)
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Digital Security and Privacy
- Environment and Human Rights
- Gênero e Direitos Humanos (Curso básico)
- Health and Human Rights
- Human Trafficking and Smuggling
- Human Rights in Humanitarian Action and Disaster Relief (Foundation Course)
- Indigenous Peoples' Rights
- Incidencia Política para Avanzar los Derechos Humanos
- Labour Migration in a Globalised World
- Monitoring & Evaluation in the NGO Sector
- Project Cycle Management 
- Transversalización de Género (Igualdad de Género-Curso avanzado)
- Women, Peace and Security

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