Tag: Social Justice Dates

Switch off for Earth Hour on Saturday 25th March, 8:30pm-9:30pm

On Saturday 25th March from 8:30pm-9:30pm, Australians and others throughout the world will be switching off for Earth Hour 2017 to promote the importance of taking action on climate change.   This year, Earth Hour are celebrating their 10th year, and the progress that has been made during that time on helping combat climate change.… Continue Reading Switch off for Earth Hour on Saturday 25th March, 8:30pm-9:30pm

International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, 25th March | United Nations

Friday 25th March marks the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.     This day is honoured every year by the United Nations to remember those who suffered and died as victims of this tragic and brutal slavery system, which lasted for over 400 years, and to raise… Continue Reading International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, 25th March | United Nations

International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, 24 March | United Nations

The United Nations observes the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims every year on 24th March. This is the date that, in 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was assassinated while he celebrated Mass.   This day was proclaimed by the UN… Continue Reading International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, 24 March | United Nations

International Day of Forests, 21st March | United Nations

21st March is observed by the United Nations every year as the International Day of Forests. This year the theme is “forests and energy,” focusing on the ways in which trees and forests protect and sustain us, and the importance of wood as a renewable energy source. Forests cover one third of the Earth’s land… Continue Reading International Day of Forests, 21st March | United Nations

National Harmony Day, 21st March

21st March is National Harmony Day in Australia, a nationwide celebration of our country’s cultural diversity, which coincides with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The message of Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’, the Day aims to engage people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster… Continue Reading National Harmony Day, 21st March

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March | United Nations

  The 21st March every year is recognised by the United Nations as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The theme for 2017 is “Racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration,” recognising that refugees and migrants are often targets for racial discrimination.   Below is some information about the… Continue Reading International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March | United Nations

International Women’s Day, 8th March 2017

  Wednesday 8th March 2017 is International Women’s Day (IWD), a “global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity” (IWD website).   Today is not only an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in your own life and around… Continue Reading International Women’s Day, 8th March 2017

International Mother Language Day, 21 February 2017 | United Nations

The 21st February 2017 is International Mother Language Day, a day observed by the United Nations every year to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. To foster sustainable development, learners must have access to education in their mother tongue and in other languages. It is through the mastery of the first language or mother… Continue Reading International Mother Language Day, 21 February 2017 | United Nations

International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February | United Nations 

  The 11th February 2017 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which is observed annually by the United Nations as an acknowledgement of the ongoing fight for equality for women and girls, and the importance of having more women working in Science.   From the United Nations website: Science and gender… Continue Reading International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February | United Nations 

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2017 | United Nations

The 6th February is designated by the United Nations as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM. The 2017 theme is: “Building a solid and interactive bridge between Africa and the world to accelerate ending FGM by 2030.”   About FGM, from the United Nations: Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises… Continue Reading International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2017 | United Nations

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life 2017| Pope Francis asks for prayers

The 2nd February 2017 is the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life, instituted in 1997 by Pope Saint John Paul II, a day to acknowledge and pray for those who have committed themselves to consecrated life.   Pope Francis asked people to pray for those in Religious and Consecrated Life during his General Audience this week:  … Continue Reading World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life 2017| Pope Francis asks for prayers

Resources for Bakhita Day or World Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking | 8th February 2017

The 8th of February 2017 is the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking, and is also the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita. The following information and resources have been provided by the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH).   World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking… Continue Reading Resources for Bakhita Day or World Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking | 8th February 2017

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