The United Nations has officially declared October 11, 2012 as the world’s first International Day of the Girl Child.
The theme of this year’s IDG is ending ‘child’ marriage.
Over 30% of girls in developing countries are married before 18 years of age; around 14% are married before the age of 15. Early marriage is a risk factor for early pregnancy and poor reproductive health outcomes. Furthermore it perpetuates the cycle of under-education and poverty.³
Around the World ¹
Around the globe, girls are three times more likely to be malnourished than boys.
Of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70% are girls.
Each year roughly two million girls between the ages of 5 and 15 are trafficked, sold or coerced into the sex trade.
Girls are disproportionately affected by a number of harmful practices, including early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
Girls continue to face obstacles in access to education and other basic services.
In Canada ²
Young women from 15 to 19 experience nearly 10 times the rate of dating violence as young men.
Nearly 70% of victims of internet intimidation are women or young girls.
Girls and young women are nearly twice as likely as young men and boys to suffer certain mental health issues, such as depression.
Issues of body image and self-esteem remain prevalent among girls.
We must empower our young girls with a healthy self-esteem and the right tools for a brighter future.
We must put a stop to the suffering of a ‘child’ marriage.
Today is the 145th birthday of one of the best nations in the world – Canada.
Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends and followers. Enjoy your BBQ’s, burgers and beers.
To my home and native land – I salute you!
To my adoptive home land – In bocca al lupo!
Later this evening Italy takes the stage in the grand final of Euro 2012 against Spain. It’s going to be whopper of a game, a nail-biter, an on-the-edge of your seat, play-by-play game … and I’m going to miss it.
In bocca al lupo Italia! Forza Azzuri. It’s your Cup.
Make this Canadian proud to call you home!
**Click here to read Canada’s beautiful nation anthem. Or, click here to read my post (complete with burgers and flags) from last year’s Canada Day celebrations.
How will you be celebrating these two super festivities today? I’ll be at work …
A celebration in honour of the church Santissima Trinità dei Monti, in central Italy. The late renaissance church dominates the Italian sky above the picturesque Spanish Steps.
This festival generally takes place at the end of May and beginning of June, yearly. With festivities held in most Italian towns, cities and mountains!
This spectacular four-day festival is in Trinita D’Agultu, Sardinia, Italy and is a must see! During the evening hours the streets are filled with local vendors selling their traditional Sardinian wares: items made of cork, local hand crafted jewelry, textiles, delicious Sardinian sweets and so much more!
One hundred and thirteen years have passed since the first Cavalcata Sarda took place to honor King Umberto 1 and Queen Margherita, who made a visit to Sardegna in 1899. This colourful folk festival is held on the second-last Sunday of May, every year.
For close to an hour traditional costumes from various towns all over Sardinia paraded their wares for the world to see. It was a beautiful display of colour and music. It was also the first year in over ten years that the procession part of the Cavalcata Sarda was cancelled due to weather.
The festival of San Simplicio is an annual event held in Olbia, Italy. Attracting thousands of tourists and locals alike. The festival is in honour of the Patron Saint, San Simplicio and is one of the most important religious festivals in Sardinia.
Festa di San Simplicio – May 10th-15th 2012
Spectacular performances on horseback are the norm of this tournament. This is defiantly a tournament of speed, agility, strength and courage.
Palio della Stella – A must-see event in Sardinia, Italy.
It’s been one hundred and three years since the first International Women’s Day was observed in the United States. Today around the world men and women will join hands in solidarity, peace and equality.
As of today, Rossella Urru has been held hostage in Algeria for 138 days, 8 hours, and 41 minutes.
FREEDOM FOR ROSSELLA URRU
When you reflect on the women in your life today, please take a moment to say a prayer for those women, in 2012, who have had their freedom so brutally taken.
138 days held hostage in Algeria. 138 days of uncertainty. Freedom for Rossella Urru!
Last night marked the end of Carnival. The crowds came out in numbers to watch the floats and dancers go by. The atmosphere hung steams of happiness and moments of crisis’ momentarily forgotten. Carrasciali Trinitaiesu Devils, hippies and fairies oh … Continue reading →
How do you define a good time? Is it with music or dance? Is singing in your repertoire? What if we combine all those ingredients and throw a six-day festival in honour of a dead King?
The party starts here:
The festival parade of masks and floats generally occurs before Lent. People of all ages and walks of life come out to celebrate the King of Carnival – King George (or Giorgio if you’re in Italy). Many of the ancient traditions have disappeared over the centuries, but one thing clearly stays the same – Carnevale Tempiese, The Carnival of Tempio Pausania.
Tempio Pausania is in the Gallura region of northern Sardinia and is the administrative capital (along with Olbia) making the province of Olbia-Tempio.
The 14,000 inhabitants know how to throw an impressive Carnival and have shown up by the thousands to pay homage (and party) in honour of the King.
In just a few weeks time people from all over Europe will take part in dance, costume and play, at one of Sardinia’s biggest celebrations, after brushing out the winter cobwebs and hailing in the new sun shine.