Diversity Calendar

This is a growing list of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (DIE) events and special days. If you want to add a DIE event, please reach out to us. Thank you!

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JANUARY

World Introvert Day

January 2, 2022

It’s no coincidence World Introvert Day falls immediately after New Year’s Day. Introverts could take time to recharge their energy after the busy holiday season. It’s also a day to bring awareness to what it means to be an introvert.

World Braille Day

January 4, 2022

World Braille Day is a reminder of the importance of accessibility and independence for blind and partially sighted people. On World Braille Day, let’s do our part to make our workplaces more accessible for everyone.

World Religion Day

January 16, 2022

Although this day is still supported by Baháʼí communities worldwide, an increasing number of observances are independently organized by interfaith or multi-faith coalitions to promote understanding and peace between all religions.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 17, 2022

A federal holiday in the United States and celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which protested racial discrimination.

International Day of Education

January 24, 2022

We will celebrating the fourth International Day of Education under the theme ”Changing Course, Transforming Education”.

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2022

The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. The day also reaffirms its unwavering commitment to counter antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group-targeted violence.

FEBRUARY

Black History Month

February is dedicated to Black History Month, honoring the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history, including the civil rights movement and their artistic, cultural, and political achievements.

World Hijab Day

February 1, 2022

World Hijab Day’s purpose is to encourage women of all religions and backgrounds to wear and experience the hijab. There is a #NoHijabDay in response, to support brave women across the globe who want to be free from the hijab.

World Cancer Day

February 4, 2022

The equity gap is a reality. People who seek cancer care hit barriers at every turn. Who you are and where you live could mean the difference between life and death. But we can #CloseTheCareGap.

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

February 6, 2022

Female Genital Mutilation(FGM) is a harmful practice involving the cutting or removal of the external female genitalia. The UNICEF estimates at least 200 million women and girls have undergone FGM in the world.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 11, 2022

Long-standing biases and gender stereotypes are steering girls and women away from science-related fields.

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World Day of Social Justice

February 20, 2022

This international day is recognizing the need to promote social justice, which includes efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, gender inequality, unemployment, human rights, and social protections.

MARCH

Zero Discrimination Day

March 1, 2022

UNAIDS is highlighting the urgent need to take action to end the inequalities surrounding income, sex, age, health status, occupation, disability, gender identity, race, class, ethnicity, and religion.

World Hearing Day

March 3, 2022

The World Hearing Day 2022 with the theme “To hear for life, listen with care” will focus on the importance and means of hearing loss prevention through safe listening.

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2022

According to UN, nearly 60 percent of women around the world work in the informal economy, earning less, and at greater risk of falling into poverty. 1 in 3 have experienced physical or sexual violence. Let’s make 2022 count for women and girls everywhere.

National Deaf History Month

March 13 – April 15, 2022

National Deaf History Month, which began on March 13th and runs through April 15th, is a celebration of contributions of the hard-of-hearing and the Deaf community to American society.

☘️ Saint Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2022

St. Patrick’s Day observes of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green.

Holi

March 18, 2022

Holi is a famous Hindu festival that is celebrated in India with joy and enthusiasm. It is also known as the “Festival of Love”, the “Festival of Colours” and the “Festival of Spring”. The festival celebrates the eternal and divine love of Radha Krishna.

International Day of Happiness

March 20, 2022

International Day of Happiness aims to celebrate happiness all over the world, inspiring people to spread positivity, whether big or small, with others and encouraging each nation to prioritize the happiness of its citizens.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2022

The day commemorates the lives of 69 people who were killed in 1960 while participating in a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in South Africa.

Down Syndrome Day

March 21, 2022

Did you know that Down Syndrome—a disorder that occurs when there is a duplication of the twenty-first chromosome—affects approximately 6,000 babies at birth every year?

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Nowruz

March 21, 2022

Nowruz has been celebrated by diverse communities for over 3,000 years in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin, the Balkans, and South Asia. It is actually the Iranian New Year,  also known as the Persian New Year, which begins on the spring equinox.

World Bipolar Day

March 30, 2022

World Bipolar Day is celebrated each year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. The vision of World Bipolar Day is to bring world awareness to bipolar disorders and to eliminate social stigma.

International Transgender Day of Visibility

March 31, 2022

This day illustrates the importance of transgender representation worldwide, especially as transgender and gender-nonconforming people face risks every day.

APRIL

Ramadan

April 2, 2022

In Islam, Ramadan is the holy month whereby Muslims fast during daylight hours. It is a period that aims to cleanse one’s body and soul from impurities and re-focus oneself to the worship of God.

Autism Awareness Day

April 2, 2022

Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. This day raises awareness about the stigmatization and discrimination.

World Health Day

April 7, 2022

The date of 7 April marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948.

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International Romani Day

April 8, 2022

April 8th is a day to celebrate Romani culture and heritage and raise awareness about the unequal treatment of Roma people.

International Day of Pink

April 13, 2022

International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, Transphobia, and Transmisogyny across the world. You can show solidarity by wearing a pink shirt

Easter

April 17, 2022

Easter is one of the principal holidays, or feasts, of Christianity. It marks the Resurrection of Jesus three days after his death by crucifixion.

World Creativity and Innovation Day

April 21, 2022

A UN designated day to raise awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in all
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Girls in ICT Day

April 22, 2022

International Girls in Information and Communication Technology  (ICT) is drawing attention to the critical need for more girls and women in the ICT sector.

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International Children’s Day

April 23,  2022

23 April is celebrated by the Republic of Turkey as the National Sovereignity and Children’s Day, however, 23 April was presented to the children of the world.

Gathering of Nations

April 28-30, 2022

With over 3,000+ indigenous/Native American/Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500+ tribes from Canada and the United States come to the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow annually to participate socially and competitively.

MAY

Asian Heritage Month

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada and Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States, paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders.

Jewish Heritage Month

In order to honor the Jewish communities’ continued achievements, May was declared as Jewish Heritage Month in Canada and in the United States.

Feast of Ramadan

2-4 May, 2022

The religious holiday is celebrated by Muslims worldwide because it marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.

World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2022

The day celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom and the essential role the press plays in promoting democracy.

Mothers Day

May 8, 2022

This day is dedicated to honoring mothers and appreciating their role in families and the community.

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International Nurses Day

May 12, 2022

International Nurses Day is an international day celebrated around the world on 12 May (the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth) of each year, to mark the contributions nurses make to society.

International Day of Families

May 15, 2022

The day is commemorated to highlight the important affairs central to the welfare of families, such as health, education, gender equality, rights for children, and social inclusion among others.

International Day of Living Together in Peace

May 16,  2022

A day that embraces the principle of peace, non-violent conflict resolution, and the elimination of all forms of conflict and intolerance.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 17,  2022

A day to raise awareness of the discrimination and violation of rights experienced by the LGBTQ community in the world.

International Day for Cultural Diversity, for Dialogue and Development

May 21, 2022

The day celebrates not only the richness of the world’s cultures but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development.

JUNE

Pride Month

 

June is Pride Month to celebrate and recognize the impact LGBTQ people have had in the world. The month of June was chosen for Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969.

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Indigenous History Month

 

June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

Global Wellness Day

June 11, 2022

The purpose of Global Wellness Day is to ask the question, even if for just one day, “How can I live a healthier and better life?”

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International Albinism Awareness Day

June 13, 2022

People with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide. The Day (IAAD) is to celebrate the human rights of persons with albinism worldwide.

Juneteenth

June 19, 2022

Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of African-American slaves. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture.

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Father’s Day

June 19, 2022

Father’s Day is a celebration honoring people’s fathers and celebrating the fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in their society.

World Refugee Day

June 20, 2022

World Refugee Day offers a chance to raise awareness of the plight of refugees around the world and of the efforts to protect their human rights.

World Humanist Day

June 21, 2022

According to Humanists International, the day is a way of spreading awareness of Humanism as a philosophical life stance and means to effect change in the world.

International Women in Engineering Day

June 23, 2022

International Women in Engineering Day celebrates, inspires girls & women in engineering careers.

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JULY

World Population Day

July 11, 2022

World Population Day seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.
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World Youth Skills Day

July 15, 2022

World Youth Skills Day promotes awareness of skills and trades in order to contribute to reducing unemployment for youth around the world.

Nelson Mandela International Day

July 18, 2022

Nelson Mandela was a social rights activist, politician and philanthropist who became South Africa’s first Black president from 1994 to 1999.  The Day is the birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela.

AUGUST

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

August 9, 2022

Marked every year on 9 August, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is an opportunity to celebrate these communities and their knowledge.

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International Youth Day

August 12, 2022

This is a day to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions, and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal, and equitable engagement.

World Humanitarian Day

August 19, 2022

World Humanitarian Day is an international day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.

SEPTEMBER

World Alzheimer’s Month

Every September, people come together from all around the world to raise awareness and to challenge the stigma that persists around dementia.

 

Labour Day

September 5, 2022

The day celebrates the American labor movement and the contributions and achievements of the American worker. Most of the world celebrates Labor Day as International Workers Day or Labour Day on May 1st each year.

International Day of Charity

September 5, 2022

The International Day of Charity was established with the objective of sensitizing and mobilizing people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.

International Literacy Day

September 8, 2022

A day to raise people’s awareness of and concern for literacy issues in the world. UNESCO claims that on a global level, approximately 793 million adults lack even the minimum literacy skills.

Equal Pay Day

September 18, 2022

Progress has been made on tackling the gender pay gap, but much more remains to be done.

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International Day of Peace

September 21, 2022

This is a day to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. It is also considered to be a day of ceasefire- personal or political.

Walk the Talk

September 22, 2022

Walking, jogging, dancing and more – people of all ages and abilities are moving, and calling, better health for everyone.

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International Week of the Deaf

26-30 September 2022

The week focuses on promoting the positive aspects of deafness, encouraging social inclusion, and raising awareness of the organizations that support those who are deaf.

OCTOBER

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The purpose of the Month is to promote employment inclusion for people who experience disability and to celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities.

Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia is a learning disability in reading. We can celebrate what makes us different, and learn more about learning disabilities this month.

 

International Day of Older Persons

October 1, 2022

We can celebrate the value of older people and acknowledge their contributions to our communities with their wisdom, and experience.

World Cerebral Palsy Day

October 6, 2022

Cerebral Palsy Day is a social movement and a day to celebrate and affirm the lives of the 17 million people living with cerebral palsy.

World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2022

An international day with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

International Day of the Girl Child

October 11, 2022

The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

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International Day of Rural Women

October 15, 2022

The Day is dedicated to the millions of women living in remote, rural places and celebrates the achievements and contributions of these women towards rural development and agriculture.

NOVEMBER

International Day for Tolerance

November 16, 2022

”Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human.”  UNESCO

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

November 19, 2022

The day is observed to acknowledge, support, and celebrate the invaluable contribution of women business leaders and entrepreneurs towards economic growth and development.

International Men’s Day

November 19, 2022

International Men’s Day celebrates worldwide the positive men role models and the positive value men bring to the world, their families, and communities.

Universal Children’s Day

November 20, 2022

World Children’s Day offers us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.

Thanksgiving

November 24, 2022

A day of giving thanks to the harvest and blessings of the previous year. Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25, 2022

In every country, more action is needed to ensure women in all their diversity live a life free of violence.

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DECEMBER

World AIDS Day

December 1, 2022

It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 2, 2022

The day commemorates the brutal history of slavery practiced by colonial rulers of past centuries and aims to eradicate modern forms of slavery.

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International Day of Persons with
Disabilities

December 3, 2022

The International Day of Disabled Persons aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and increase awareness of the challenges individuals face globally.

International Volunteer Day

December 5, 2022

The Day offers an opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers to promote volunteerism, encourage governments and companies to support volunteer efforts.

Human Rights Day

December 10, 2022

This day is celebrated to raise awareness about people’s social, cultural and physical rights and to ensure the welfare of everyone.

International Migrants Day

December 19, 2022

Taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, the United Nations General Assembly declared 18 December as International Migrants Day.

International Human Solidarity Day

December 20, 2022

International Human Solidarity Day is a day to celebrate our unity in diversity. It also aims to remind people of the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty.

Christmas

December 25, 2022

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.