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20 November: World Children’s Day

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

  • November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

15-21 November: National Newborn Week

National Newborn Week is being celebrated across the country from November 15 to November 21.

  • The focus of observing this week is on raising awareness about the care of newborns.
  • The theme of the event is ‘Safety, quality and nurturing care - birth right of every newborn’.

18-24 November: World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is observed every year from 18-24 November to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance, encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policymakers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.

  • The theme for the 2021 observance is “Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance”.

19 November: World Toilet Day

On 19th November, World Toilet Day is observed as an official United Nations international day to address and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.

  • The theme for the 2021 observation is “valuing toilets”.

25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed on 25th November to promote awareness about the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today due to the impunity, silence, stigma, and shame surrounding it.

  • This year’s theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”.

2021 JCB Prize for Literature

M. Mukundan's "Delhi: A Soliloquy", translated from Malayalam by Fathima E.V. and Nandakumar K. has won the 2021 JCB Prize for Literature.


17 November: National Epilepsy Day

November 17 is observed every year as National Epilepsy Day in India by the Epilepsy Foundation.

  • The month of November is observed as ‘National Epilepsy Awareness Month’.

17 November: World COPD Day

World COPD (Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) Day is celebrated on 17th November.

  • COPD is the third leading cause of death worldwide.

16 November: National Press Day

  • National Press Day is celebrated every year on November 16.
  • The day marks the presence of an independent and responsible press in India. The day is aimed at highlighting the importance of an independent press in a democracy.

Two Indians won 2021 International Children’s Peace Prize

Two Indian teenage brothers have won the 2021 KidsRights International Children's Peace Prize for tackling pollution from household waste.

  • Vihaan (17) and Nav Agarwal (14) have developed the "One Step Greener" initiative segregating recyclables and organising pickups for trash from thousands of homes.

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