December Human Rights Month
December is traditionally the month for raising awareness about human rights and human rights atrocities around the world.
December 1, World AIDS Day 2016.
The theme for World AIDS Day 2016 was Hands Up for #HIV Prevention.
According to the AIDS by the numbers 2016 report from UNAIDS, 1.1 million people worldwide died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2015. By the end of 2015, an estimated 36.7 million people around the world were living with HIV.
On a national scale, an estimated 75,500 Canadians were living with HIV, and an estimated 2,570 new HIV infections occurred in 2014. Good news? On this World AIDS Day, 2016, there was a lot to report.
The science of treatment and prevention has much to inspire agencies delivering needed services to people living with, and at risk of, HIV.
December 3, International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Celebrating International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a collaborative effort between schools, workplaces, businesses community groups and individuals to help break down disability barriers and celebrate abilities.
The best way for you to celebrate is to hold an event in your community, organization or business. It creates an opportunity to think, talk about and acknowledge people with disability positively.
According to Statistics Canada, in 2012, almost 14% of the Canadian population aged 15 years or older—3.8 million individuals—reported having a disability that limited their daily activities.
The prevalence of disability varied across the provinces and territories. Among the provinces, the prevalence ranged from 10% in Quebec to 19% in Nova Scotia.
Today, December 6, 2016
Today is the 27 anniversary of what is now referred to as the Montreal Massacre where 14 women who lost their lives at the Ecole Polytechnique.
It is important for us to acknowledge that women are still subjected to harassment in the workplace and in some instances violence.
Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical,
sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death.
Millions of women and girls around the world are subjected to deliberate violence because of their gender. Violence against women
and girls knows no boundaries, cutting across borders, race, culture and income groups, profoundly harming victims, people around them, and society as a whole.
Cyber-violence against women and girls is emerging as a global problem with serious implications for societies and economies around the world
Today, December 6, 2016
Also marks the 99th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion in Nova Scotia. It also marked the greatest mass blinding at that time. 1,000 people had eye injuries, 250 lost one eye and 37 remained sightless. Over 2,000 people lost their lives with around 9,000 injured.
Considered Halifax's darkest day, the sheer magnitude of the traumatic event left a lasting impression on the city and its residents. The tragedy bred countless stories of courage and hope that in many ways, shaped what Halifax has become.
The Nova Scotia School for the blind played a significant role in continuing to educate and train those who needed support.
December 10, International Human Rights Day
The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission will be hosting an event at the Halifax Central Library, to commemorate
Human Rights Day. Starting at 10:00am
Next year in 2017, Nova Scotia will celebrate its 50th Anniversary.