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Indispensable Global Events in February to Mark Your Agenda

In this series of articles, we want to provide insight into the global development agenda. We mark important global events throughout the upcoming month which focus on development in countries all over the world.

The importance of commemoration days about global events

In the modern world that we live in, information about global events spread through social media and the internet at a rapid speed. This results in more and more voices which can be heard, acknowledged and acted upon. People can be informed, outraged and then triggered to respond to tragedies that happen around the world, even at the most remote locations. More information enters our minds every day from various sources. We must ensure that the outstanding achievements accomplished throughout history are not overlooked or forgotten. Listed below are commemorative days which help remind us of important humanitarian issues and developments.

6 February – International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves all procedures that alter or injure the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between genders and amounts to an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice also violates their rights to health, security, physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment as well as their right to life when the procedure results in loss of life.

11 February - International Day of Women and Girls in Science
The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls and further to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Science and gender equality are both important for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science when compared to their male counterparts.

20 February – World Day of Social Justice
Social justice and human rights are underlying principles that ensure peace and a prosperous coexistence in and between nations. The UN upholds the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants and advances social justice when they remove barriers that exist between people regarding gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of their global mission to promote development and human dignity. One recent example of the UN system’s commitment to social justice is the adoption by the International Labour Organization of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization.

21 February – International Mother Language Day
International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity as well as multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh. In November 1999, the International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

22 February – World Thinking Day
Celebrated since 1926, World Thinking Day is a day of international friendship, voicing out on issues that affect girls and young women, and fundraising for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts selects an important international issue as the theme for the year. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts use these as an opportunity to study and appreciate other countries and cultures, and equally increase awareness and sensitivity on issues that affect the whole world.

27 February – World NGO Day
The World NGO Day aims to raise awareness for many organizations who are working towards good around the globe. This includes all humanitarian NGOs and all that try to make a better life for disadvantaged people around the world. It’s a dedicated day for all NGOs to celebrate their achievements, ensuring that also small grassroots organizations gain the recognition they rightfully deserve. This event tries to inspire the public to become more actively involved in NGOs, encouraging more collaboration with other sectors, and commemorating all individuals who dedicated their lives to the important work of the NGO sector.

We believe our world is a better place when compassion can travel where it is needed most. There are countless projects which tried and succeeded in eradicating humanitarian issues. These projects resulted in commemorative days about global events in which we think about the achievements. Please follow our blog for more humanitarian stories, organizations and travel information.