November International Days

Getting a late start this month, but I’m still glad to get here! Here are some books to get familiar with the UN observances and celebrations in November!

As before, these are books that I have read and am comfortable recommending for these days. There are days with subjects or topics that I have not read yet and am taking suggestions for future reading!

2 November

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists  (A/RES/68/163)

5 November

World Tsunami Awareness Day (A/RES/70/203)

  • Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

6 November

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (A/RES/56/4)

10 November

World Science Day for Peace and Development (UNESCO 31 C/Resolution 20)

  • Headstrong by Rachel Swaby
  • Girls Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh
  • Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shettley
  • Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
  • Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs
  • Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini
  • Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren

14 November

World Diabetes Day  (A/RES/61/225)

15 November (third Sunday of November)

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims  (A/RES/60/5)

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan, by a road traffic victim prior to the accident that killed her.

16 November

International Day for Tolerance  (UNESCO 28 C/Resolution 5.61A/RES/51/95)

19 November

World Toilet Day  (A/RES/67/291)  

19 November (third Thursday of November)

World Philosophy Day (UNESCO 33 C/Resolution 37)

The Celebration of Philosophy on this day has the following objectives:

  1. to renew the national, subregional, regional and international commitment to philosophy;
  2. to foster philosophical analysis, research and studies on major contemporary issues, so as to respond more effectively to the challenges that are confronting humanity today;
  3. to raise public awareness of the importance of philosophy and its critical use in the choices arising for many societies from the effects of globalization or entry into modernity;
  4. to appraise the state of philosophy teaching throughout the world, with special emphasis on unequal access;
  5. to underline the importance of the universalization of philosophy teaching for future generations.

With objective #2 in mind, here are some books that look into the major contemporary issues.

  1. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  2. The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren
  3. Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano
  4. Saving Alex by Alex Cooper
  5. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  6. When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
  7. Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini
  8. Strong Medicine Speaks by Amy Hill Hearth
  9. The Last Girl by Nadia Murad (Nobel Prize Winner)
  10. A Reason for Hope by Jane Goodall

20 November

Africa Industrialization Day  (A/RES/44/237)

20 November

World Children’s Day (A/RES/836(IX))

  1. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Nobel Prize Winner)
  2. Girl Rising by Tanya Lee Stone
  3. Swimming to Antarctica by Lynne Cox
  4. Looking for Palestine by Najla Said
  5. Black White and Jewish by Rebecca Walker
  6. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  7. The Girl from the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
  8. Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt
  9. brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  10. First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung

21 November

World Television Day  (A/RES/51/205)

25 November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women  (A/RES/54/134)

  1. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Nobel Prize Winner)
  2. Devotion and Defiance: My Fight for Justice for Women by Humaira Awais Shahid
  3. Women of the Wall: Claiming Sacred Ground at Judaism’s Holy Site by Phyllis Chesler
  4. Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee
  5. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  6. Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt
  7. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  8. The Last Girl by Nadia Murad (Nobel Prize Winner)
  9. Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
  10. the mermaids voice returns in this one by amanda lovelace

29 November

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People  (A/RES/32/40B)

Looking for Palestine by Najla Said

30 November

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare (OPCW C-20/DEC.10)

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