Sunday, December 11, 2011

3rd Sunday of Advent

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I see the moon, do you?

Source/Photo credit: Тази вечер имаме невероятно пълнолуние! Погледнете навън! ♥ Аз обичам...

3 Women’s Rights Leaders Accept Nobel Peace Prize

Left, Leymah Gbowee in September; 
center; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Liberian president, on Friday; 
right: Tawakkol Karman in Sana, Yemen, on Friday.   
In a ceremony in Oslo that repeatedly invoked gender equality and the democratic strivings of the Arab Spring, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize was presented to three female activists and political leaders on Saturday for “their nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights” as peacemakers.

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 was awarded on Friday to three women from Africa and the Arab world in acknowledgment of their nonviolent role in promoting peace, democracy and gender equality. The winners were President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberiathe first woman to be elected president in modern Africa — her compatriot, the peace activist Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, a pro-democracy campaigner.  

 Wangari Maathai

They were the first women to win the prize since Wangari Maathai of Kenya, who died last month, was named as the laureate in 2004. 

Most of the recipients in the award’s 110-year history have been men, and Friday’s decision seemed designed to give impetus to the fight for women’s rights around the world.
Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, one of three joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize,
gave her speech to the audience during the award ceremony in Oslo. 

Photo credit: Trio photo: Left: Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times; center: Jane Hahn for The New York Times; right: Yahya Arhab/EPA; Wangari Maathai -; Nigel Waldron/Getty Images

got mountains?

December 11, 2011 is

International Mountain Day

It’s International Mountain Day! This day was designated in 2001 by the United Nations General Assembly to create awareness about the important role that mountainous regions play in the global ecosystem. Mountains are essential to the world’s freshwater supply. They also safeguard many natural resources and protect communities against natural disasters.
The symbol for this holiday consists of three equilateral triangles on a single horizontal line. The left triangle has a blue diamond shape at the top, representing ice and snow on mountain peaks. The middle triangle has an orange circle, representing the resources that are continuously mined from the inside of mountains. The triangle on the right has a small green triangle at the base, representing the crops that grow on mountains. To learn more about this holiday and the events going on in your area, check out the official website.

Happy 65th birthday Unicef

United Nations Children's Fund (or UNICEF) was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. 

In 1953, UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations System and its name was shortened from the original United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund but it has continued to be known by the popular acronym based on this old name. 

Headquartered in New York City, UNICEF provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. It is one of the members of the United Nations Development Group and its Executive Committee.

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Total lunar eclipse today

Total lunar eclipse today in Egypt and Middle East / Eclipse totale Lunaire aujourd'hui en Egypte et au Moyen Orient