Updates from October
The UN Days honored in October helped to highlight a range of issues impacting women’s and children’s health. Read below for highlights and learn how Every Woman Every Child partners were involved.
International Day of the Girl- Celebrated on October 11, this year’s theme was “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence”, in recognition of the importance of investing in and empowering adolescent girls and of preventing and eliminating the various forms of violence adolescent girls experience, including child marriage. Learn about Every Woman Every Child partners working to end child marriage.
“Girls Speak Out: Showcasing Girl Activists from around the World”, was held at UN headquarters on International Day of the Girl Child. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.
International Day of Rural Women- October 15 was the International Day of the Rural Women. Rural women play a key role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, yet in many countries they face obstacles in accessing basic health services. Learn more.
World Food Day—World Food Day was celebrated on October 16. This year’s theme was “Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth” to highlight the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrients, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development. Learn about Every Woman Every Child commitments focused on nutrition.
International Day For the Eradication of Poverty—This year’s theme for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, on October 17 was “Leave no-one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty”, pointing to the urgent need to eliminate discrimination, marginalization and exclusion based on poverty, gender, age or ethnic origin. Fighting poverty remains at the core of the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda. Read the Secretary-General’s remarks. Learn more.
World Polio Day- World Polio Day is celebrated on October 24. This year the day highlighted the progress that has been made in ending polio, with the annual number of polio cases having decreased by over 99%. Yet, the work is not done: polio remains endemic in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. For more information click here.