WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS – July 30, 2022 International

THEME 2022 “Use and Abuse of Technology” This year’s theme focuses on the role of technology as a tool that can both enable and impede human trafficking. With the global expansion in the use of technology - intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift of our everyday life to online platforms -- the crime of human trafficking has conquered cyber space. The internet and digital platforms offer traffickers numerous tools to recruit, exploit, and control victims; organize their … [Read more...]

High-level Political Forum 2022 – Debrief Webinar

Webinar — Monday, 18 July 2022 9:00-10:15 EDT / 15:00-16:15 CAT CEST The SDG Lab, Cepei, and IISD, in collaboration with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), invites you to a panel discussion and Q&A session after the 2022 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) closes, answering: How did the HLPF go? What challenges were identified and what themes emerged for moving forward with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals … [Read more...]

Psychology of War: Selfish Genes

Read any book about the history of the World and it’s likely that you’ll be left with one overriding impression: that human beings find it impossible to live in peace with one another. With this recent standoff between Russia and Ukraine which has been developing over the last few weeks, it seems a good time to ponder why this seems to be the case. How Can We Explain Pathological Behavior? Evolutionary psychologists sometimes suggest that it’s natural for human groups to wage war because … [Read more...]

FEB 6: Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates 70 years – Platinum Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952. The princess was 25 and on a royal visit to Kenya when she heard about the sudden death of her father, King George VI. Her Majesty became the queen of Britain and more than a dozen other realms including Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne will be a good deal more earthbound: The 95-year-old monarch plans to spend … [Read more...]

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Jan 11

What is Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of people through force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them for profit. Men, women and children of all ages and from all backgrounds can become victims of this crime, which occurs in every region of the world. Data is hard to capture primarily because the individual either lacks awareness of victimization or fears to report it. Human trafficking victims are … [Read more...]

UN Women: The Strategic Plan 2022–2025

The Strategic Plan 2022–2025 will guide UN Women for the next four years—with an eye toward the 2030 deadline to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It articulates how UN Women will leverage its unique triple mandate—encompassing normative support, UN system coordination, and operational activities—to mobilize urgent and sustained action to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls and support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable … [Read more...]

International Volunteer Day (IVD) – December 5 2021

International Volunteer Day (IVD) is a global celebration of volunteers. It takes place every year on December 5 to shine a light on the impact of volunteer efforts everywhere. Volunteers are leading social change around the world. This special day promotes the work of volunteers at all levels, including local, national and international. United Nations Volunteers founded International Volunteer Day in 1985. It offers an opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations and individual … [Read more...]

International Day to End Violence against Women – 25 NOV

25 November marks the International Day to End Violence against Women, and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. Since 1991, the campaign has brought together activists and organizations around the world to raise awareness and inspire actions. This year’s theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”. Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect! As … [Read more...]

Epilepsy Awareness Month – November

Epilepsy (from Ancient Greek ἐπιληψία) is a common and diverse set of chronic neurological disorders characterized by seizures. Some definitions of epilepsy require that seizures be recurrent and unprovoked, but others require only a single seizure combined with brain alterations which increase the chance of future seizures. In many cases a cause cannot be identified, however factors that are associated include brain trauma, strokes, brain cancer, and drug and alcohol misuse among … [Read more...]

DIWALI – Celebrated Globally

Diwali (also spelled Devali in certain regions) or Deepavali, popularly known as the "festival of lights," is a five day festival which starts on Dhanteras, celebrated on thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Ashwin and ends on Bhaubeej, celebrated on second lunar day of Shukla paksha (bright fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Kartik. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-November. Diwali is an official holiday in … [Read more...]

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Redefined, Nov 6/7 *ONLINE

We are facing an unprecedented crisis of mental illness in today’s children and teens. The current poly-pharmacy model in psychiatry is not working. We desperately need more effective, functional medicine solutions and more practitioners equipped with these tools. The time to act is now and we need your help. Join us for a groundbreaking, two-day event on November 6-7, featuring six renowned clinical experts in taking an integrative and functional medicine approach to the mental health … [Read more...]

Indigenous leader, Ms. Celia Umenza Velasco

Statement by Ms. Celia Umenza Velasco at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security This statement was made by Ms. Celia Umenza Velasco, Indigenous leader, Legal Coordinator for the Indigenous Reservation of Tacueyó and member of ACIN (Association of Indigenous Councils of the North of Cauca), and on behalf of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. October 21, 2021. "Madam … [Read more...]

Road to Dignity by 2030 Revisited

“[We] have an historic opportunity and duty to act, boldly, vigorously and expeditiously, to turn reality into a life of dignity for all, leaving no one behind” In an informal briefing to the 193-Member Assembly on 4 December 2014, the UN chief presented his synthesis report, The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet, alongside the President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa who also addressed delegates, describing the process of … [Read more...]

Why Are Women Gambling More?

If you’ve kept up with the recent statistics, you would know that the female population is gambling more and more. This is happening for many reasons. From technology to behavioral differences, you will find that gambling is different for everybody. It’s not just an activity people do for fun. It may have underlying factors—some of which are quite negative. But why is this important? Why should we talk about the role of women in gambling? Well, gambling is a mostly male-dominated space. There … [Read more...]

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