11 October 2017 - International Day of the Girl Child

Project in CE India Good Shepherd celebration, in India

Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls 

International Day of the Girl Child (Day of the Girl) is celebrated annually on 11 October. In 2011 the United Nations General Assembly declared the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This Day focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

Over the last 15 years, the global community has made significant progress in improving the lives of girls during early childhood. In 2015, girls in the first decade of life are more likely to enrol in primary school, receive key vaccinations, and are less likely to suffer from health and nutrition problems than were previous generations. However, there has been insufficient investment in addressing the challenges girls face when they enter the second decade of their lives. This includes obtaining quality secondary and higher education, avoiding child marriage, receiving information and services related to puberty and reproductive health, and protecting themselves against unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease and gender-based violence,


17 October 2017 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Good Shepherd Learning Centre Phuket Good Shepherd Learning Centre, in Thailand

Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on 17 October each year. It promotes people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to 'end poverty in all its forms everywhere' explicitly recognizes that poverty results not from the lack of just one thing but from many different interrelated factors that affect the lives of people living in poverty.

This means we must go beyond seeing poverty merely as the lack of income or what is necessary for material well-being — such as food, housing, land, and other assets – in order to fully understand poverty in its multiple dimensions.

The theme this year – selected in consultation with activists, civil society and non-governmental organizations – highlights how important it is to recognize and address the humiliation and exclusion endured by many people living in poverty.


21 September 2017 - International Day of Peace

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The International Day of Peace ('World Peace Day') is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.


2017 Theme - Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.


Message from António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

On the International Day of Peace, we reflect on the cruel price of war.
Ruined schools.  Bombed hospitals.  Broken families. 
Refugees searching for hope.  Countries in crisis.
The United Nations was born from a terrible World War.
Our mission is to work for peace -- every day and everywhere.
No group interest, national ambition or political difference should be allowed to put peace at risk.
On this International Day, we call for a global ceasefire.
We must never -- ever -- stop pressing for an end to armed conflict.
Peace is the right and the desire of all people.
It is the foundation for progress and well-being – happy children, thriving communities, and peaceful, prosperous countries.
Let us pledge to work together – today and every day – for the peace we all yearn for and deserve.


Click here - Personal Profile of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres


Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Vatican Foreign Minister, addresses UN General Assembly

Click here - Vatican diplomat's challenge to world leaders


Reflection material submitted by Sr Teresa Mandakath, Province SW India

You are welcome to use or adapt these materials in your prayer on World Peace Day.

Click here - 'Peace - A Reflection' by Sr Teresa Mandakath

Click here - 'Peace for All' by Sr Teresa Mandakath

Click here - Peace - A Song





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Some other key dates to save in your calendars

March 8 - International Women's Day (IWD)

April 22 - International Mother Earth Day

April 24 - Feastday of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

May 26 - June 24 - Ramadan (varies)

June 5 - World Environment Day

June 14 - 20 - Refugee Week

June 20 - World Refugee Day

June 24 - Good Shepherd Day (Australia)

July 22 - Good Shepherd Day (Aotearoa/New Zealand) 

July 30 - World Day against Trafficking in Persons

August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

August 19 - Feastday of St John Eudes

September 1 - World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

September 21 - International Day of Peace

October 11 - International Day of the Girl Child

October 17 - International Day for the Elimination of Poverty

November 2 - All Souls Day

November 11 - Diwali festival

November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25 - 10 Dec - 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

December 2 - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 5 - International Volunteer Day

December 10 - Human Rights Day