As Isabel Allende says, “The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.” Therefore, February 6 celebrates the Take Your Child to the Library Day. This day also celebrates the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. Therefore, let us read in depth about the importance and significance of these two days.
Take Your Child to the Library Day
Do you remember that feeling of a cozy welcome when we used to visit the library as a child? The excitement and amusement of finding some new adventure around the next stack of books? The feeling of success when you finally understood the Decimal System? Or was it the smell of the books that kept you coming back? These memories mean something that not many children can encounter as almost everything is on the internet. So, on this day, it’s the perfect opportunity to make sure your child can close their eyes and conjure these memories as well.
Caitlin Augusta and Nadine Lipman are co-chairpersons of the Take Your Child to The Library Day intuitive. However, Nadine Lipman created the idea to make a fun way to bring community awareness to the library and all the resources and events that are held there throughout the year. The celebration for the day began in 2011 and has grown to include libraries all over the country.
How to celebrate
On this day, just follow the directions in the title and Take Your Child to The Library! Pack up and take the whole family to explore what your local library has to offer. Many libraries are right up to speed with technique and technology and have both digital and hard-copy to offer. We can find books for the youngest in our family in the children’s section which no matter what city you are in is sure to have the same beloved authors from your youth.
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, observed every year on February 6. In order to circulate awareness and put in more efforts to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation. Introduced in 2003 by the UN, the day is dedicated to amplifying the ways and attempts taken to stop this practice. Additionally, the system forces the girls from age 4 to 14 years in the name of ritual and beliefs. In this process the external female genitalia is removed partially or completely. Considered as a human right violation, it can cause physical damage, psychological trauma and irreversible problems. Moreover, this day encourages civil society, government and other organizations to increase awareness and implement actions against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
In the year 2003, the First Lady of Nigeria and a leader of the Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation. Stella Obasanjo, declared ‘Zero Tolerance’ to Female Genital Mutilation during a conference in Africa. Moreover, the conference held in the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC). After which, the United Nation(UN) adopted this day as an international awareness day in Africa.
How to celebrate
The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is not a public holiday, but a day of international observation. This day is a part of a mutual effort by the United Nation(UN) to meet one of its “Sustainable Development Goals. Which the elimination of FGM is a key target under Goal Five.
The observance of Female Genital Mutilation continues, every year on February 6. Moreover, the United Nation(UN) and other social activism parties works in efforts to eliminate FGM by the year 2030. Awareness has been rising for FGM with constant pursuit of activism.
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