December sparks shine on World Aids, Human Rights and Hope. It’s a magical month of the Festival of Lights — filled with joy, hope, renewal and holiday cheer. The month of December is Socially Sparked®. Here are the highlights.

December sparks on aids & human rights

WORLD AIDS DAY 2019 – Every December 1st, the world bands together to unite in the fight against HIV. It’s the designated time to help champion the rights of people living with HIV, to commemorate people who have died and to raise awareness. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

The 2019 World Aids Day campaign theme in the United States is Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community”.  The theme reminds us that all epidemics are local—and that working together with communities to respond to local needs is the best way to stop the epidemic in its tracks.

December sparks shine on aids & human rights

The theme for World Aids Day in the United Kingdon is Rock the Ribbon Together”.  Last year 4,453 people in the UK were diagnosed with HIV. Not everybody is equipped with the facts on how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a life-changing reality for people living with HIV.  For 2019, they ask everyone to stand in solidarity with people living with HIV, raise awareness, challenge stigma, end loneliness and isolation, and insist peer support is available for anyone who needs it.

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABLED PERSONS. December 3rd. This annual observance was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly. Today, more than one billion people — approximately 15 percent of the world’s population — live with some form of disability.

The International Day of Disabled Persons aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The 2019 Theme is “Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Agenda.”  The 2030 Agenda (the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — pledges to “leave no one behind”.

december 10 shines human rights

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY. Observed every year on December 10th, Human Rights Day marks the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to annually observe December 10 as Human Rights Day.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turned 70 in 2017. It is the milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

16 Days Activism Ending Violence

December 10th also marks the end of a 16-Day campaign advocating to End Violence Against Women.

Socially Sparked News

December sparks shine on so many important issues and many splendid things. The month is guaranteed to get you Socially Sparked! So, enjoy the holiday season. Take in the Festival of Lights, the spirit, good cheer and hope for our world and, show your compassion and love this December. Happy Holidays. — We are forever #SociallySparked! Tweet @sosparkednews & @asparks01