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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF RURAL WOMEN: OCTOBER 15, 2012

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF RURAL WOMEN

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Rural Women is annually celebrated on October 15 to recognize rural women’s role in supporting their communities.

Local names

Name Language
International Day of Rural Women English
Día Internacional de las Mujeres Rurales Spanish

International Day of Rural Women 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

International Day of Rural Women 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honors the role of rural women on October 15 each year. It recognizes rural women’s importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development worldwide.

A fair trade coffee farmer picking organic coffee beans from the tree.Rural women are honored worldwide on the International Day of Rural Women. ©iStockphoto.com/ranplett

What do people do?

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 analyze rural women’s role in society, particularly in areas such as economic improvement and agricultural development.

Other activities and events held to promote the day include:

  • Global exchange programs for women in agriculture.
  • The launch of fundraising 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.

Some world leaders inspired by this initiative previously proclaimed October 15 as International Rural Women’s Day, drawing special focus on the role of rural women in their countries.

Public life

The International Day of Rural Women is a global observance and is not a public holiday.

Background

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed 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 honoring 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.

Symbols

Images of rural woman from different parts of the world are shown in news features and promotional material, including posters, pamphlets, newsletters and other publications on the International Day of Rural Women.

The UN logo is also associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches symbolize peace and the world map represents all the people of the world. It has been featured in black against a white background.

Note: The International Day of Rural Women was first celebrated as an official UN observance on October 15, 2008. However, many people around the world celebrated this day in previous years.

International Day of Rural Women Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Wed Oct 15 2008 International Day of Rural Women United Nations observance
Thu Oct 15 2009 International Day of Rural Women United Nations observance
Fri Oct 15 2010 International Day of Rural Women United Nations observance
Sat Oct 15 2011 International Day of Rural Women United Nations observance
Mon Oct 15 2012 International Day of Rural Women United Nations observance
Tue Oct 15 2013 International Day of Rural Women United Nations observance
Wed Oct 15 2014 International Day of Rural Women United Nations observance
Thu Oct 15 2015 International Day of Rural Women United Nations observance
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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION: OCTOBER 13, 2012

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is annually observed on the second Wednesday of October to promote a global culture of natural disaster risk reduction.

Local names

Name Language
International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction English
Día Internacional para la Reducción de los Desastres Naturales Spanish

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction 2012: Theme for 2012: ‘Women and Girls – the (in)Visible Force of Resilience’

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is annually observed on the second Wednesday of October to raise the profile of disaster risk reduction. It also encourages people and governments to participate in building more resilient communities and nations.

Many people have lost their homes because of natural disasters. ©iStockphoto.com/Dan Moore

What do people do?

Activities for the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction usually include media announcements about launches for campaigns that center on the day’s theme. Governments and communities also take part in the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction through various events such as drawing, drama, essay or photography competitions that focus on making people aware of natural disaster reduction and increasing their preparedness for such situations. Other activities include: community tree planting; conferences, fairs and seminars; and street parades.

Public life

The International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

Many people around the world have lost their lives, homes or access to essential facilities, such as hospitals, due to natural disasters, including earthquakes, droughts, tsunamis, heavy flooding, hurricanes or cyclones. Some of these disasters have caused economic damage to some countries. The UN acknowledges that education, training, and information exchanges are effective ways to help people become better equipped in withstanding natural disasters.

On December 22, 1989, the UN General Assembly designated the second Wednesday of October as the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. This event was to be observed annually during the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, 1990-1999. On December 20, 2001, the assembly decided to maintain the observance to promote a global culture of natural disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

Symbols

The UN logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, inscribed in a wreath consisting of crossed conventionalized branches of the olive tree. The olive branches symbolize peace and the world map depicts the area of concern to the UN in achieving its main purpose, peace and security. The projection of the map extends to 60 degrees south latitude, and includes five concentric circles.

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Wed Oct 10 1990 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 9 1991 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 14 1992 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 13 1993 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 12 1994 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 11 1995 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 9 1996 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 8 1997 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 14 1998 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 13 1999 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 11 2000 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 10 2001 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 9 2002 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 8 2003 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 13 2004 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 12 2005 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 11 2006 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 10 2007 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 8 2008 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 14 2009 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 13 2010 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 12 2011 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 10 2012 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 9 2013 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 8 2014 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 14 2015 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD: OCTOBER 11, 2012

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD

Quick Facts

The International Day of the Girl Child is a United Nations (UN) observance on October 11 each year.

Name

International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child 2012 Theme: “Ending Child Marriage”

Thursday, October 11, 2012

International Day of the Girl Child 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

The International Day of the Girl Child promotes girls’ rights and highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys. It is a UN observance that is annually held on October 11.

Two young Indian girls enjoying their time at school. ©iStockphoto.com/jaimaa85

What do people do?

The International Day of the Girl Child gives people and organizations the opportunity to raise public awareness of the different types of discrimination and abuse that many girls around the world suffer from. On this day, many community and political leaders talk to the public about the importance of girls’ right to equal education and their fundamental freedoms. Various events are held to showcase the work that people are doing to empower girls through active support and engagement with parents, families, and the wider community.

 Public life

The International Day of the Girl Child is a UN observance and not a public holiday.

Background

Discrimination and violence against girls and violations of their human rights still happen. The UN felt a need to raise awareness of the challenges that millions of girls face every day. In December 2011, the UN declared that it would annually observe the International Day of the Girl Child, starting from October 11, 2012.

International Day of the Girl Child Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Tue Oct 11 2011 International Day of the Girl Child United Nations observance  
Thu Oct 11 2012 International Day of the Girl Child United Nations observance  
Fri Oct 11 2013 International Day of the Girl Child United Nations observance  
Sat Oct 11 2014 International Day of the Girl Child United Nations observance  
Sun Oct 11 2015 International Day of the Girl Child United Nations observance

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