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International Day of Rural Women

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Women play a critical role in the rural economies of both developed and developing countries. In many parts of the world,
agriculture
is the first sector of employment for women, for instance in Sub-Saharan Africa and in South Asia, where respectively 68 per cent and 61 per cent of working women are employed in agriculture . Rural women, mainly farmers, are at least 1.6 billion and represent more than a quarter of the total world population. Women produce on average more than half of all the food that is grown: up to 80 per cent in Africa, 60 per cent in Asia, between 30 and 40 per cent in Latin America and Western countries. Women own only 2 per cent of the land, and receive only one per cent of all agricultural credit. Only 5 per cent of all agricultural extension resources are directed to women. Women represent two third of all illiterate people. The number of rural women living in poverty has doubled since 1970. The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Rural Women  directs attention to both the contribution that women make in rural areas and the many challenges that they face. It also celebrates and honours the role of rural women on October 15 each year. It recognizes rural women’s importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development worldwide.

History -Day of Rural Women

The International Day of Rural Women was first celebrated as an official UN observance on October 15, 2008. This day recognizes the role of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty. The idea of honouring rural women with a special day was put forward at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995. It was suggested that October 15 be celebrated as “World Rural Women’s Day,” which is the eve of World Food Day, to highlight rural women’s role in food production and food security. “World Rural Women’s Day” was previously celebrated across the world for more than a decade before it was officially a UN observance.

Event-Day of Rural Women

Many people, government agencies, community groups and non-government associations celebrate the International Day of Rural Women on October 15 every year. Television, radio, online, and print media broadcast or publish special features to promote the day. Panel discussions, research papers, and conferences are also held to review and analyse rural women’s role in society, particularly in areas such as economic improvement and agricultural development.

Other activities and events include:

  • Global exchange programs for women in agriculture.
  • The launch of fund-raising projects to support rural women.
  • Expos and workshops showcasing rural women’s contribution to their societies.
  • Strategic meetings to present issues on topics, such as empowering women farmers, to policy makers.

World Teachers’ Day 2012

World Teachers’ Day is on October 5

World Teachers’ Day

Teachers are one of our most valuable resources, yet we often treat them like a cheap commodity. “Take a Stand for Teachers” is this year’s theme for “World Teachers’ Day.” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) explains World Teachers’ Day: “On this day, we call for teachers to receive supportive environments, adequate quality training as well as ‘safeguards’ for teachers’ rights and responsibilities.”

Here are some national teachers retention statistics from the Business-Higher Education Forum:

* Thirty-three percent of all new teachers leave teaching during the first three years; 46 percent leave in the first five years.

* The rate of attrition is 50 percent higher in poor schools versus wealthy ones.

* The United States spends about $4.9 billion each year to replace teachers.

I wonder why they’re all leaving. On Oct. 5 you can help by making sure your child’s teachers know how important they are to you and your family. Ask them what they need to do their job better, and do what you can to help them get it.

World Animal Day: October 4th 2012

History of World Animal Day

World Animal Day, designated on October 4, has been historically celebrated since 1931 as a way of highlighting the plight of animals across the globe. Chosen on the date of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, it is currently celebrated in various ways throughout the world with no particular focus on nationality, religion, or political ideology. Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary (BCH) has chosen to celebrate our first annual World Animal Day as an educational forum.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Mohandas Gandhi.

Mission

World Animal Day 4 October – Be part of something special! Get involved and show you care about animals.

World Animal Day presents such a wonderful opportunity for everyone who cares about animals to stand united with animal advocates around the world in order to heighten public awareness of animal issues – an opportunity far too good to miss! Increased awareness of animal issues will lead the way to improved standards of animal welfare throughout the globe – and what an achievement that will be!

The official World Animal Day website was launched on 4 October 2003 and we’ve been overwhelmed by how quickly it’s growing to become an international success story for the animals. Last year, 730 events were registered with us covering 85 countries!

We promote World Animal Day (4 October) to encourage organisations, groups and individuals to get involved and do something special to highlight the importance of animals in the world. This is not a fundraising event for us! It’s a day which should benefit all those who participate in celebrating animals. World Animal Day belongs to everyone!

What will YOU be doing this year to show you care? You don’t have to work with animals to get involved. The website has ideas suitable for everyone, regardless of circumstances, finances, facilities, resources or time. It doesn’t matter how large or small your activity or event is – it’s getting involved that’s important.

If you care about animals, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to help make animal welfare issues front page news around the globe – a vital catalyst for change!

World Habitat Day 2012

The United Nations has designated the 1st Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. This year, World Habitat Day will be celebrated on 1 October 2012. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all, to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.
The United Nations chose the theme Changing Cities, Building Opportunities because cities are the engines of growth. It is in the cities that many realise their dreams of a better life. Even if this is not achieved, still many more leave the rural areas and flock to the cities for no other reason than the promise of a better future and prosperity. This they achieve by either getting jobs or by starting businesses which at one point not only provide for the owners but even other employees thus creating jobs.

Under this theme, UN-Habitat wants to underscore the need to plan our cities better because as has also been stated, unplanned growth of cities lead to chaotic development and urban sprawl. When well planned, cities can continue to afford opportunities to both the current and future residents. This dovetails with the new UN-Habitat campaign, I am a city changer which seeks to involve all in making their cities a better place to live.