September International Days

September doesn’t have quite as many international observances as August and July but they are just as important. As before, I don’t have books for every single one, but am always taking suggestions to fill these lists up. This is my first year getting into the international observances. Researching these days and looking for books read that may help with understanding these days have brought along my education in what’s going on in the world, problems that don’t effect my country or my level of privilege within it that I would not have otherwise known about. I hope everyone is learning a bit as we go too!

I know some books have appeared in several months, which should just highlight their importance.

5 September

International Day of Charity  (A/RES/67/105

Though some of the books that I’ve read now have charities associated with the authors and their specific mission, I cannot recommend this book enough times.

7 September

International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies (A/RES/74/212

8 September

International Literacy Day  (UNESCO 14 C/Resolution 1.441)

Paradise Beneath Her Feet by Isobel Coleman makes an amazing case for women and girls learning to read. The focus of this book is feminism within Islam, but a part of that is the women themselves being taught to read so that they can read the Quran. It’s an interesting tactic and not the only one I’ve read about. There are many more areas beyond the Middle East that have issues with literacy, but the argument for it in this book is the most compelling as well as universally applicable.

9 September

International Day to Protect Education from Attack (A/RES/74/275)

These memoirs of women defending the right to an education:

12 September

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation  (A/RES/58/220)

15 September

International Day of Democracy  (A/RES/62/7)

Women in democratic politics:

16 September

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer  (A/RES/49/114)

17 September

World Patient Safety Day [WHO]

18 September

International Equal Pay Day (A/RES/74/142

21 September

International Day of Peace  (A/RES/36/67)  (A/RES/55/282)

Memoirs of Women Nobel Peace Laureates:

23 September

International Day of Sign Languages (A/RES/72/161)

24 September (last Thursday of September)

World Maritime Day (IMCO/C XXXVIII/21)

26 September

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons  (A/RES/68/32)

27 September

World Tourism Day

These memoir are of women on vacation, being tourists in places that didn’t get have a lot of tourism. Two are more cautionary tales about the idea of adventure in places that may be travelled but that aren’t well worn tourist…

28 September

International Day for Universal Access to Information (A/RES/74/5) [UNESCO 38 C/70]

29 September

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (A/RES/74/209

These memoirs may not perfectly fit the day, but they are about our relationships to food, which contribute to the loss and waste of that which is in front of us.

30 September

International Translation Day (A/RES/71/288)

My Top Ten Women in Translation:

  1. This Place Holds No Fear by Monika Held
  2. The Unbroken Line of the Moon by Johanna Hildebrandt
  3. The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness by Kyung-Sook Shin
  4. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  5. Memoir of an Early Arab Feminist by Anbara Salam Khalidi
  6. My Invented Country by Isabel Allende
  7. My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege
  8. Voices From Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich (Nobel Laureate)
  9. The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz
  10. I, Rigoberta by Rigoberta Menchu (Nobel Laureate)

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