Today is International Women’s Day, and it got me to thinking. How many “days” are actually “International”?……. As it turns out……a lot….
Nevermind all the fake Facebook ones or the cheesy menial “national” or “regional” days, let’s just talk “INTERNATIONAL”……(so snobby, I know)
Here is March alone; (according to the UN website)
|8 March||International Women’s Day||—|
|20 March||International Day of Happiness||A/RES/66/281|
|21 March||International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination||A/RES/2142 (XXI)|
|21 March||World Poetry Day [UNESCO]||—|
|21 March||International Day of Nowruz||A/RES/64/253|
|21 March||World Down Syndrome Day||A/RES/66/149
|21 March||International Day of Forests and the Tree||A/RES/67/200|
|22 March||World Water Day||A/RES/47/193|
|23 March||World Meteorological Day [WMO]||WMO/EC-XII/Res.6|
|24 March||World Tuberculosis Day [WHO]||WMO/EC-XII/Res.6|
|24 March||International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims||A/RES/65/196|
|25 March||International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade||A/RES/62/122|
|25 March||International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members|
Don’t get my tone wrong, I have 3 mothers a girlfriend and nothing but close female friends, BUT, WHY THE HELL DO I NEED AN INTERNATIONAL DAY to be more “AWARE” of them? Or even “CELEBRATE” them? I tell almost all of them about my love and admiration every other day of the year and it seems to go over just fine…
I’m a lover of POETRY, but you won’t see me at Times Square chanting out sonnets on the 21st of March, ANY more likely than I am going to treat today “special”.
I guess this is a simple rant about;
- Not needing Valentines to tell someone I love them.
- Loathing that a UN sanctioned “day” gains more attention than most current GLOBAL issues or UN problems.
- Asking “WHY?” people LOVE “International” or “Global” days but do little to raise a finger to CHANGE local problems….
I guess I just wonder why we need the “OCEAN” of GLOBAL or INTERNATIONAL to mobilize, when the “POND” of LOCAL or REGIONAL is massive enough.
Does “Globalization” mean “anti-Localism”?
How do you celebrate “International” days vs. “Local” ones? What makes an “International” day more sensitive than a “Local” one?
Get to doing! (Done is better than perfect)