Friday, November 14, 2014

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

This November 25 will be the annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Many women and girls will experience violence in their lifetime; and many also experience violence on a regular basis. November 25 is meant to raise awareness that women and girls as targets of violence. Here is a great video from the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) on facts and figures on violence against women, featuring Antonio Banderas:


How many women experience violence? Why is the event held on November 25? Take the UN Women quiz on violence against women to find the answers and test your knowledge:

How can you get involved in the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women? One way is the head to the WAGGGS website to add your voice to the Voices Against Violence campaign! The WAGGGS site also provides a lot of great resources for adults to help their troops or communities get engaged in this global issue:

Busy on November 25th and can't do an activity? This year, the UNITE Campaign is extending Orange Day to 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, starting November 25, International Day to End Violence Against Women, through December 10, Human Rights Day. That's right: there will be 16 days that you can get your troop or community group involved in this very important issue!

Need more facts? Want to check out more videos? What about looking at a detailed fact sheet? Get that all from the UN website here: 
And here:

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 november) from United Nations on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

UNESCO Youth Photography Competition

UNESCO is looking for photos related to education and youth in your community and they are offering a cash prize for the winning photo!

Age requirements: 18-30 year olds
Award: USD$500 prize for the winner & the chance of seeing their photo printed in the next Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) and promoted globally to media and at our numerous launch events.

What is the EFA Report?
The next edition of the EFA Report is due out in April 2015 and will review how well the EFA movement has contributed to ensuring all children, young people and adults enjoy their right to a quality education. Find out more about the next report.

What we are looking for: As the next Report will look at progress in education from 2000 to today, your photo should illustrate ideas linked to youth, education, literacy, skills and/or the world of work among members of your community over the past fifteen years.

How to enter: The deadline for submitting a photo is 23.59 Paris time on 9 November 2014

More contest details available here:

What is UNESCO?

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, is a specialised agency of the United Nations system. The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication in order to further universal respect for justice and the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion.