World Humanitarian Summit, July 28-31 *Regional Livestream

The World Humanitarian Summit was initiated by the UN Secretary General to improve global humanitarian action, and will culminate in Istanbul in 2016. There will be 10 consultation meetings around the world as well as an online platform to solicit input beginning in May 2014, and will culminate in May 2016 in Istanbul at the first-ever humanitarian summit of this scale and scope. The WHS is being managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Participants of … [Read more...]

Humanism or Eudaimonia, that is the question

Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over established doctrine or faith (fideism). The meaning of the term humanism has fluctuated, according to the successive intellectual movements which have identified with it. Generally, however, humanism refers to a perspective that affirms some notion of a "human nature" (sometimes … [Read more...]

Amnesty International Day, celebrated May 28

Amnesty International was founded in London in 1961, following the publication of the article "The Forgotten Prisoners" in The Observer 28 May 1961, by the lawyer Peter Benenson. Citing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights articles 18 and 19, it announced a campaign on "Appeal for Amnesty, 1961" and called for "common action". Amnesty International is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights with over 3 million members and supporters around the world. The objective of the … [Read more...]

WAF, “Do women still need feminism?”

Do Women still need feminism? A controversial social media movement called Women Against Feminism features women explaining — mostly in “selfies” with handwritten signs — why they do not. Feminist responses have ranged from bafflement to vitriol or mockery to arguments that these women don’t know what feminism is. But while this new movement has its silly aspects, it raises some much-needed questions about feminism’s present and future state — and, in the weeks since it first attracted … [Read more...]

Are you an ‘activist’?

Activism is quite simply Taking Action to effect social change; this can occur in a myriad of ways and in a variety of forms. Often it is concerned with ‘how to change the world’ through social, political, economic or environmental change. This can be led by individuals but is often done collectively through social movements. The activism industry consists of organizations and individuals engaged in activism. Activism is often done full-time, as part of an organization's core business. Many … [Read more...]

Kate Garber – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this powerful woman leader that is devoting her life to the betterment of our youth, with a focus on the issue of the Human Trafficking of girls/women in the U.K. Being the Founder of UNSEEN, regarded as an expert in the perils of Human Trafficking, this woman devotes her life to the eradication of this form of human slavery; leading the charge to help young women reach out to freedom and safety.     WOMAN of … [Read more...]

UN Women, What are women’s human rights?

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Child Rights for 25 years, ‘better or worse’ today?

Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani in a makeshift classroom at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc on November 18, 2014. OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS Twenty-five years since the United Nations ratified its Convention on the Rights of the Child, have the lives of the world’s children improved? A new report tried to answer that question and found some gains among ongoing and long-standing challenges. Examining the quality of life for children in 190 countries, the report … [Read more...]

A global voice for women, The right to be heard

"Ending Gender Based Violence." "A global voice for women: The right to be heard," Quenby Wilcox wrote: “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely — and the right to be heard.” declared Hillary Rodham Clinton at the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing almost 20 years … [Read more...]

Social and economic justice‏, Marianne Williamson

Today we honor as a nation the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a day when all of us have the opportunity to remember the extraordinary difference one life can make. Around the country, there are those who are performing works of charity and national service to mark this day. But in truth, Dr. King was not simply about alleviating the pain and suffering of individuals; he worked to counter the huge political and economic forces that kept entire groups of people shackled by … [Read more...]

HUMAN TRAFFICKING WEEK-END, Toronto, Mar. 14/15

  Good Sheppard Lutheran Church 1630 Lawrence Avenue W. North York Early bird donation $15 before February 14, 2114 at the Door $20. c/o Maria Angel Consuegra - CONTACT HERE     … [Read more...]

I am Aldijana Sisic and I wear orange because…‏

It’s the last day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. There's still time to#orangeurworld with actions! I am Aldijana Sisic, and I am the Campaign Manager for the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign. I am wearing orange because women and girls fight their daily battles hoping that one day they will have their human right to live a life free of violence. For real changes in women’s and girls’ lives, actions have to take place at the … [Read more...]

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