Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
November 25, 2013 in the World

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women takes place on November 25, 2013. Women’s activists have marked this day as a day to fight violence against women since 1981. On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 as this special day. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is celebrated annually.

The date came from the brutal assassination in 1960 of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic. Women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence, and the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden. That’s why the UN invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness of the problem on this day.

Violence against women is a technical term used to collectively refer to violent acts that are primarily or exclusively committed against women. The UN General Assembly defines the term as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm of suffering to women including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women:
https://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/

Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women:
http://saynotoviolence.org/join-say-no/international-day-elimination-violence-against-women-human-rights-perspective

Where is Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women?
Worldwide

St. Catherine’s Day
November 25, 2013 in Estonia

St. Catherine’s Day is celebrated on November 25, 2013. It has retained its popularity throughout the centuries and is still widely celebrated in modern-day Estonia. It marks the arrival of winter and is one of the more important and popular autumn days in the Estonian folk calendar. It is a day of celebration for the women of the culture, though different meanings come from each culture itself of this day. The customs for the Estonian St. Catherine’s Day are generally associated with the kadrisants (kadri beggars) or kadris, which give the whole day a unique quality, although it is similar to the traditions practised on St. Martin’s Day. Both require dressing up and going from door to door on the eve of the holiday to collect gifts, such as food, cloth and wool, in return for suitable songs and blessings.

Where is St. Catherine’s Day?
Nationwide Estonia

Evacuation Day in New York
November 25, 2013 in New York

Evacuation Day in New York takes place on November 25, 2013. Following the American Revolutionary War, Evacuation Day on November 25 marks the day in 1783 when the last vestige of British authority in the United States – its troops in New York – departed from Manhattan. After this British evacuation, General George Washington triumphantly led the Continental Army through the city. The last shot of the war was reported to be fired on this day, as a British gunner on one of the departing ships fired a cannon at jeering crowds gathered on the shore of Staten Island, at the mouth of New York Harbor (the shot fell well short of the shore).

Where is Evacuation Day in New York?
Nationwide New York

Parfait Day
November 25, 2013 in the USA

It’s National Parfait Day! Did you know that the word “parfait” means “perfect” in French? It’s no wonder that this dish makes a perfect snack, meal, or dessert!

Although parfaits were originally served on decorative plates, today they are typically layered in tall, thin glasses. There are also many variations on the original parfait recipe, which originated in France in the 19th century.

American parfaits are made by layering ice cream with granola, nuts, yogurt, fresh fruits, and whip cream. Whip up your own version to celebrate National Parfait Day!

Where is National Parfait Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1177 – Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and Raynald of Chatillon defeat Saladin at the Battle of Montgisard.

1703 – The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, reaches its peak intensity which it maintains through November 27. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people perish in the mighty gale.

1783 – Britain evacuates NYC, their last military position in US

1792 – Farmer’s Almanac 1st published

1834 – Delmonico’s, one of NY’s finest restaurants, provides a meal of soup, steak, coffee & half a pie for 12 cents

1867 – Alfred Nobel patents dynamite

1876 – Indian Wars: In retaliation for the American defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, United States Army troops sack Chief Dull Knife’s sleeping Cheyenne village at the headwaters of the Powder River.

1922 – Archaeologist Howard Carter enters King Tut’s tomb

1940 – Woody Woodpecker debuts with release of Walter Lantz’s “Knock Knock”

1949 – “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” appears on music charts

1971 – “Dan Cooper” jumps with $200,000 out of plane over Washington

1983 – World’s greatest robbery 25,000,000 pounds of gold, Heathrow, England

1990 – Lech Walesa wins in Poland’s 1st popular election