Honoring motherhood was also a characteristic of cultures that populated Mesoamerica before the Conquest. For example, in Mexico people worship the Aztec mother, represented by the moon.
The first public celebration of Mother’s Day in the United States was held in the autumn of 1872, in Boston, on the initiative of the writer Julia Ward Howe (creator of “Hymn of the Republic”). She organized a peaceful protest and a religious celebration, inviting all mothers who were victims of war.
World Press Freedom Day is an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom and remind you that in dozens of countries around the world publications are censored, some fined, suspended or canceled, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.
Every year, May 3rd is a date in which the fundamental principles of press freedom are held. This date provides an opportunity to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
On World Press Freedom Day, we remind the world the importance of protecting fundamental human rights such as freedom of expression and press freedom as enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Both freedoms are central to building strong democracies, promoting civic participation and encourage the security and development of people.