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World Children’s Day – 20 November 2023

2023 Theme: For every child, every right

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since 1990, World Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children’s rights.

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can play an important part in making World Children’s Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.

World Children’s Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.


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International Day of Invisible Work – 5 April

Day of Invisible Work: « Let’s make it visible! »

Things change. No more than 50-70 years ago, being a good mother meant to stay with your children at home, look after them, help your husband – the breadwinner – to live a peaceful life after a hard day’s work: ladies were supposed to be the « angels of the house », caring for the family.

Today if you say you are a housewife you certainly get as a comment: « Oh, so you don’t work! » And this is not only a sexist remark, good for ladies alone. Unpaid work is held in very low esteem in our society, at home and outside.

There is no sign of home caring work in GDP anywhere in Europe, although recently GDP includes prostitution and drug trade, and no sign either of the silent work of volunteers that take care of the poor, the ill, the refugees, those that help our children practice sports, or help sustaining the environment and the treasures of art in our countries. Still, if it is unpaid, if it is done just because you care, if it is invisible – it seems not to exist. And it can be ignored by the politics, by social security and administration.

In order to make the caring work of millions of people visible and appreciated, an initiative was started in Canada and then brought to Europe by FEFAF, the European Federation of Parents and Carers at Home, to celebrate the first Tuesday of April as the International Day of Invisible Work.

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