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July 15, 2015

End violence against women and girls

In response to an invitation to tell the world why they believe in a future free from violence against women and girls for Orange Day, July 25, to make a short video focusing on their vision for a world without violence against women and girls. Our interns made a video. You can too! Make and post a video. Share the link on Twitter on July 25.

 

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women has proclaimed the 25th of each month as : a day to raise awareness and take action against violence against women and girls. 

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June 12, 2015

Opportunities for empowerment and inclusion

by Madeline Bacchus

On June 10, a side event to the 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities featured a panel on Arab youth with disabilities and the opportunities of empowerment and inclusion they have. The panel addressed cases from Palestine, Syria and Morocco.  Among the speakers were representatives from The Zero Project, Disabled People International (DPI) and the Federal Organization of Deaf Persons in Morocco.

All spoke in depth of the work they and their organizations have done and continue to do to aid people with disabilities.  Pauline ...

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June 5, 2015

Ending the Chain of Hate: An Interfaith Dialogue

UNITE for Harmony logoEnding the Chain of Hate:
An Interfaith Dialogue

Monday, June 8, 2015
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Tillman Chapel
Church Center for the United Nations
777 UN Plaza (corner of E, 44th Ave. and 1st St.)
New York

Rockland U.N.I.T.E. for Harmony, an interfaith group comprised of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim teens from Rockland County in New York, have been building relationships for 18 months. 

Inspired by the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, the young people's goal has been to learn about one another's religious traditions and to stand firmly against ...

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August 12, 2014

International Youth Day 2014

By Max Hill

20% of world's youth experience a mental health conditionToday is International Youth Day 2014. The purpose this day is to raise awareness for youth living with mental health issues. The United Nations says the reason for this being the focus of this International Youth Day this year is, “Youth with mental health conditions can often experience stigma and discrimination, which in turn can lead to exclusion and/or discourage people from seeking help for fear of being negatively ‘labeled’.”

I see this issue as one that hits close to home for me. Growing up I had (and still have) many friends that live with mental ...

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August 12, 2013

International Youth Day

by Onaje Crawford

 

On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth suggesting that August 12th be declared International Youth Day.

Today, The United Nations’ celebrated the 14th Annual International Youth Day by hosting a series of presentations, video exhibitions, and panel discussions on youth migration entitled, “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward”.  Jean-Pierre Gonnot, Chief of the Social Integration Branch of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Division for Social Poilcy and Development, opened the celebration by distributing a statement from the Secretary-General entitled “Message ...

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