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Dolly Foundation Celebrate following events each year. Please find glimpse of few below. If you want to be part of event. You can contact Rosina Teye Director of Dolly Foundation on +233206742021 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

8TH March                            :International Women’s Day

2ND Sunday of  May            :Mother’s Day

1st May                                   :Labour Day

12th May                                :International Nurse Day

15th May                                :International Day of Family

25th May                                :Africa Day

12th June                               :World Day Against Child Labour

16th  June                              :AU Day of the African Child

11th July                                 :World Population Day

1ST -7th August                     :Breast feeding Week

12 August                              : International Youth Day

8th September                      :International Literacy Day

26th September                   : World Contraception Day

October                                  :Women’s Health Awareness Month (Breast cancer awareness month (pink month))

1st October                            :Day for the Elderly Women/ Old Age Women

11th October                          :International Girl Child Day

15th October                          :World Rural Women Day

25th November to 10th December                   : 16 Days of activism Against Gender Based Violence

1st December                         :World AIDS Day

10th December                      :Human Right Day


RURAL WOMEN DAY

 “Empowering rural women is crucial for ending hunger and poverty. By denying women rights and opportunities, we deny their children and societies a better future. This is why the United Nations recently launched a programme to empower rural women and enhance food security.” :- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This new international day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

Rural women play a critical role in the rural economies of both developed and developing countries. In most parts of the developing world they participate in crop production and livestock care, provide food, water and fuel for their families, and engage in off-farm activities to diversify their families’ livelihoods. In addition, they carry out vital functions in caring for children, older persons and the sick.

Dolly Foundation and World View Mission are excited about MDG’s Conference which will encourage connections between rural women and urban women within Ghana; to share ideas and learn together; and to be inspired to take action together. You’ll hear about other lives; they’ll speak to you about their experiences, their hopes, and their dreams for a better future. Their voices will emphasis just how similar we all are, even though we may live in different circumstances.

 October Day for the Elderly

“Longevity is a public health achievement, not a social or economic liability. On this International Day of Older Persons, let us pledge to ensure the well-being of older persons and to enlist their meaningful participation in society so we can all benefit from their knowledge and ability.”

On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly (by resolution 45/106) designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons.This was preceded by initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing – which was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing – and endorsed later that year by the UN General Assembly. In 1991, the General Assembly (by resolution 46/91) adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons.

In 2002, the Second World Assembly on Ageing adopted the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a society for all ages.

International Literacy Day

September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world.Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.

According to UNESCO’s “Global Monitoring Report on Education for All (2006)”, South and West Asia has the lowest regional adult literacy rate (58.6%), followed by sub-Saharan Africa (59.7%), and the Arab States (62.7%). Countries with the lowest literacy rates in the world are Burkina Faso (12.8%), Niger (14.4%) and Mali (19%). The report shows a clear connection between illiteracy and countries in severe poverty, and between illiteracy and prejudice against women.

Celebrations of International Literacy Day have included specific themes, in line with Education For All goals and other United Nations programs such as the United Nations Literacy Decade. The celebration’s theme for 2007 and 2008 was “Literacy and Health”, with prizes awarded to organizations at the forefront of health education. This was also the thematic emphasis of the 2007-2008 biennium of the United Nations Literacy Decade. In particular, International Literacy Day 2008 had a strong emphasis on Literacy and Epidemics with a focus on communicable diseases such as HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, some of the world’s forefront public health concerns. For 2009-2010 the emphasis was placed on “Literacy and Empowerment”, with special consideration to Gender Equality and the empowerment of women. The theme of the 2011-2012 celebrations is “Literacy and Peace”

Feeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week was first celebrated in 1992 by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and is now observed in over 120 countries by UNICEF[7], WHO and their partners including individuals, organizations, and governments. WABA itself have been formed in 14 February 1991with the goal to re-establish a global breastfeeding culture and provide support for breastfeeding everywhere. World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is an annual celebration which is being held every year from the 1st to 7th August in more than 120 countries. According to the August 26th data of WBW website 540 events have been held worldwide by more than 79 countries with 488 organizations and 406,620 participants for the World Breastfeeding. 

World Population Day

World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987 approximately the date on which the world’s population reached five billion people.

2013, World Population Day, theme was on Adolescent Pregnancy: About 16 million girls under age 18 give birth each year. Another 3.2 million undergo unsafe abortions.

The vast majority – 90 per cent — of the pregnant adolescents in the developing world are married. But for far too many of these girls, pregnancy has little to do with informed choice. Often it is a consequence of discrimination, rights violations (including child marriage), inadequate education or sexual coercion.

Adolescent pregnancy is a health issue: the youngest mothers face a heightened risk of maternal complications, death and disability, including obstetric fistula. Their children face higher risks as well.

It is also an issue of human rights. Adolescent pregnancy often means an abrupt end of childhood, a curtailed education and lost opportunities.

On this World Population Day, we raise awareness of the issue of adolescent pregnancy in the hopes of delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

  AU Day of the African Child

 In 1976, thousands of black school children took to the streets of Soweto, South Africa. In a march more than half a mile long, they protested the inferior quality of their education and demanded their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young boys and girls were shot down by security forces. In the two weeks of protest that followed, more than a hundred people were killed and more than a thousand were injured.To honor the memory of those killed and the courage of all those who marched, the Day of the African Child has been celebrated on 16 June every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity (now the African Union).

The Day also draws attention to the lives of African children today. The theme for this year’s event is Eliminating Harmful Social and Cultural Practices Affecting Children: Our Collective Responsibility. In their concept note on this year’s celebration, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child selected this theme to “call attention to harmful social and cultural practices against children, and highlight the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders.” Aims of the Day include:

  • highlighting the negative consequences of harmful practices (such as female genital mutilation) on the various rights of children;
  • urging the review of existing legislative and policy frameworks and practices at the national level to combat and eliminate harmful practices against children;
  • undertaking advocacy with African governments, civil society organizations including faith based organizations, the media, and other role players for greater mobilization for the realization of the rights of children against harmful practices; and
  • Considering effective strategies for the prevention of harmful practices against children.

World Day against Child Labour

The World Day against Child Labour is an International Labour Organization (ILO) sanctioned holiday first launched in 2002 aiming to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour. It was spurred by ratifications of ILO Convention No. 138] on the minimum age for employment and ILO Convention No. 182 on the worst forms of child labour.

The World Day against Child Labour, which is held every June 12th, is intended to foster the worldwide movement against child labour in any of its forms.

The International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations body which regulates the world of work, launched the World Day against Child Labour in 2002 in order to bring attention and join efforts to fight against child labour. This day brings together governments, local authorities, and civil society and international, workers and employers organizations to point out the child labour problem and define the guidelines to help child labourers.

According to ILO’s data, hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are involved in work that deprives them from receiving adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating this way their rights. Of these children, more than half are exposed to the worst forms of child labour. These worst forms of child labour include work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities such as drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict.

The World Day against Child Labour provides an opportunity to gain further support of individual governments and local authorities, as well as that of the ILO social partners, civil society and others, in the campaign to tackle child labour.

2013 — World Day Against Child Labour 2013: No to child labour in domestic work

According to ILO, an estimated 10.5 million children worldwide – most of them under age – are working as domestic workers in people’s homes, in hazardous and sometimes slavery-like conditions. This year’s World Day against Child Labour is aimed to concert and join action at national and international levels to eliminate child labour in domestic.

 Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March or May. It complements Father’s Day, a similar celebration honoring fathers.The celebration of Mother’s Day began in the United States in the early 20th century; it is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration. Despite this, in some countries Mother’s Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.  Each year Dolly Foundation celebrated the day with mothers in the rural area. For the past three year mother’s day has been observed, at least 350 mothers and children in the Assin Fosu Community, receive donations, mothers discuss  the African Women’s Decade and its relevance to the rural women.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

1908: Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women’s oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

1909: In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman’s Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

1910: In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named a Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day.

1918 – 1999: Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. Women’s organizations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honor women’s advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

PINK MONTH CELEBRATION

Dolly foundation a local non-governmental organization based at Assin Fosu and Worldview Mission (WM) WM is a UN contracted NGO Org

On the 22nd of October organized free breast screening exercise to mark the world pink month. Every month of October is marked as breast cancer awareness month. The initial program of the organization was the training of 35midwives in the municipality to help in the early detection of breast cancer. Due to lack of funds, the oncology workshop was not possible. During the screening Dr Mrs Beatrice Wiafe Addai, breast pathology specialist from peace and love clinic Kumasi, gave the midwives present a practical lessons on early detection of breast cancer. Dr Beatrice is the founder of breast care international a non-governmental organization, based in Kumasi.

Addressing the women on how to detected breast cancer in the early stage. They were advised by doctor to have a monthly check hence self-examination was the best alternative for women to detect changes in their breast.

Result

1000 women were screened during the free clinical breast screening exercise

Some of the women were diagnosed of the cancer and were refer to peace and love clinic for immediate treatment.

16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign?

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day against Violence against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including December 1, which is World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:

  • Raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels
  • Strengthening local work around violence against women
  • Establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women
  • Providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
  • Demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women
  • Creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign that starts on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. The campaign hopes to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level.

World Contraception Day

World Contraception Day is observed to highlight and increase awareness of different kinds of contraception, to ensure that people- especially young people- are making informed choices regarding their sexual and reproductive health. There still exist many complexities of contraceptive, use, access and knowledge.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. December 17: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Worker.