ZERO DISCRIMINATION DAY
Zero Discrimination Day takes place annually on 1 March to promote equality before the law and in practice throughout all of the member countries of the United Nations. The day was first celebrated on March 1, 2014, and was launched by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on 27 February of that year with a major event in Beijing. In February 2017, UNAIDS called on people to ‘make some noise around zero discrimination, to speak up and prevent discrimination from standing in the way of achieving ambitions, goals and dreams.
UNAIDS is the The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and is the main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The agency promotes the GIPA principle (greater involvement of people living with HIV) formulated in 1994, and endorsed by the United Nations in 2001 and 2006. The mission of UNAIDS is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded response to HIV and AIDS that includes preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support to those already living with the virus, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV and alleviating the impact of the epidemic. UNAIDS seeks to prevent the HIV/AIDS epidemic from becoming a severe pandemic. The main goals of UNAIDS are:
- Leadership and advocacy for effective action on the pandemic;
- Strategic information and technical support to guide efforts against AIDS worldwide;
- Tracking, monitoring and evaluation of the pandemic and of responses to it;
- Civil society engagement and the development of strategic partnerships;
- Mobilization of resources to support an effective response.
UNAIDS headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland, where it shares some site facilities with the World Health Organization. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group. Its first executive director was Peter Piot; Michel Sidibé currently leads UNAIDS; however, he offered his resignation on 13 December 2018 following an expert report on sexual harassment in the agency that criticized his “defective leadership” and fostering a work environment that tolerated bullying and a culture of fear among the staff. Zero Discrimination day is particularly noted by organisations like UNAIDS that combat discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. “HIV related stigma and discrimination is pervasive and exists in almost every part of the world. The UNDP also paid tribute in 2017 to LGBTI people with HIV/AIDS who face discrimination. Campaigners in India have used the occasion to speak out against laws that make discrimination against the LGBTI community more likely, especially Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises homosexuality. In 2015, Armenian Americans in California held a ‘die-in’ on Zero Discrimination Day to remember the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
WORLD COMPLIMENT DAY
World Compliment day takes place annually on 1 March. A compliment is an expression of praise, congratulation or encouragement. It was Started in the Netherlands in 2001 by Hans Poortvliet as a means to address the basic human need for recognition and appreciation. If a compliment is truly altruistic Nobody wins commercially, but everybody gains emotionally and although A sincere and personal compliment costs nothing, the impact on the recipient can be huge.
PEACE CORPS DAY
Peace Corps day takes place annually on 1 March to commemorate the anniversary of the establishment of the Peace Corps by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961. The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the United States government. Its official mission is to provide social and economic development abroad through technical assistance, while promoting mutual understanding between Americans and populations served. Peace Corps Volunteers are American citizens, typically with a college degree, who work abroad for a period of two years after three months of training. Volunteers work with governments, schools, non-profit organizations, non-government organizations, and entrepreneurs in education, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment. After 24 months of service, volunteers can request an extension of service. The Peace Corps was established with the following aims:
“To promote world peace and friendship through a Peace Corps, which shall make available to interested countries and areas men and women of the United States qualified for service abroad and willing to serve, under conditions of hardship if necessary, to help the peoples of such countries and areas in meeting their needs for trained manpower.”
Since its inception, more than 235,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps and served in 141 countries The Peace Corps shows “the willingness of Americans to work at the grassroots level in order to help underdeveloped countries meet their needs”. The Peace Corps has affected the way people of other countries view Americans, how Americans view other countries, and how Americans view their own country
Although the earliest volunteers were typically thought of as generalists, the Peace Corps had requests for technical personnel from the start. For example, geologists were among the first volunteers requested by Ghana, an early volunteer host. An article in Geotimes (a trade publication) in 1963, reviewed the program, with a follow-up history of Peace Corps geoscientists appearing in that publication in 2004. During the Nixon Administration the Peace Corps included foresters, computer scientists, and small business advisors among its volunteers.
In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed director Loret Miller Ruppe, who initiated business-related programs. For the first time, a significant number of conservative and Republican volunteers joined the Corps, as the organization continued to reflect the evolving political and social conditions in the United States. Funding cuts during the early 1980s reduced the number of volunteers to 5,380, its lowest level since the early years. Funding increased in 1985, when Congress began raising the number of volunteers, reaching 10,000 in 1992.
Following the 2001 September 11 attacks, which alerted the U.S. to growing anti-U.S. sentiment in the Middle East, President George W. Bush pledged to double the size of the organization within five years as a part of the War on Terrorism. For the 2004 fiscal year, Congress increased the budget to US$325 million, US$30 million above that of 2003 but US$30 million below the President’s request.
As part of an economic stimulus package in 2008, President Barack Obama proposed to double the size of the Peace Corps. However, as of 2010, the amount requested was insufficient to reach this goal by 2011. In fact, the number of applicants to the Peace Corps declined steadily from a high of 15,384 in 2009 to 10,118 in 2010. According to former director Gaddi Vasquez, the Peace Corps is trying to recruit more diverse volunteers of different ages and make it look “more like America”. A Harvard International Review article from 2007 proposed to expand the Peace Corps, revisit its mission, and equip it with new technology.
However being in the Peace Corps is not for the faint hearted In 2009, Casey Frazee, was sexually assaulted while serving in South Africa, as a response she created First Response Action, an advocacy group for a stronger Peace Corps response for volunteers who are survivors or victims of physical and sexual violence. In 2010, concerns about the safety of volunteers were also illustrated by a report, compiled from official public documents, listing hundreds of violent crimes against Peace Corps volunteers since 1989.
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