Special days and dates for families and communities – 2017

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(Photo: Pixabay)

There are many international and national days/weeks that focus on issues facing families and communities. The following are some of the more significant ones. There is also a list of days and dates for the environment. Please let me know if I have missed any important ones. (Days marked with * are mainly for Australia.)

Please note that some of the websites are not updated for 2017 yet.

February

World Day of Social Justice – Sunday, 19 February 2017

International Mother Language Day – Monday, 20 February 2017

March

Zero Discrimination Day – Wednesday, 1 March 2017

International Women’s Day – Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Close the Gap Day – Thursday, 16 March 2017

International Day of Happiness – Monday, 20 March 2017

Harmony Day – Tuesday, 21 March 2017 *

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – Tuesday, 21 March 2017

April

World Health Day – Friday, 7 April 2017

World Day for Safety and Health at Work – Monday, 24 April 2017

May

Mothers Day – Sunday, 14 May 2017  (in Australia and USA, for the rest of the world see link)

National Volunteer Week – 8-14 May 2017

International Day of Families – Monday, 15 May 2017

International Day Against Homo and Transphobia – Wednesday, 17 May 2017

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development  – Sunday, 21 May 2017

Walk Safely to School Day –  Friday, 19 May 2017 *

National Sorry Day – Friday, 26 May 2017 *

June

Pride Month – June 2017

Global Day of Parents – Thursday, 1 June 2017

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression – Sunday, 4 June 2017

World Day Against Child Labour – Monday, 12 June 2017

World Blood Donor Day – Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Refugee Week – 18-24 June 2017 *

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Thursday, 15 June 2017

Fathers Day – Sunday, 18 June 2017 (in USA, see link for other dates)

World Refugee Day – Tuesday, 20 June 2017

July

NAIDOC Week – 2-9 July 2017 *

International Day of Friendship – Sunday, 30 July 2017

World Day against Trafficking in Persons – Sunday, 30 July 2017

August

International Day for World Indigenous Peoples – Wednesday, 9 August 2017

International Youth Day – Saturday, 12 August 2017

World Humanitarian Day – Saturday, 19 August 2017

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition – Friday, 25 August 2017

September

International Day of Charity – Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Fathers Day – Sunday 3 September 2017 (in Australia, see link for other dates)

International Literacy Day – Friday, 8 September 2017

International Day of Peace – Thursday, 21 September 2017

October

International Day of Older Persons – Sunday, 1 October 2017

World Teacher’s Day – Thursday, 5 October 2017

World Habitat Day – Thursday, 5 October 2017

World Mental Health Day – Tuesday, 10 October 2017

International Day of the Girl Child – Wednesday, 11 October 2017

International Day of Rural Women – Sunday, 15 October 2017

World Food Day – Monday, 16 October 2017

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – Tuesday, 17 October 2017

United Nations Day – Tuesday, 24 October 2017

November

International Day of Tolerance – Thursday, 16 November 2017

Universal Children’s Day – Monday, 20 November 2017

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – Saturday, 25 November 2017

White Ribbon Day – Saturday, 25 November 2017

December

World AIDS Day – Friday, 1 December 2017

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – Saturday, 2 December 2017

International Day of People with Disability – Sunday, 3 December 2017

International Volunteer Day – Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Human Rights Day – Sunday, 10 December 2017

International Migrants Day – Monday, 18 December 2017

* Mainly in Australia

If you liked this post please follow my blog, and you might like to look at:

  1. Special days and dates for the environment – 2017
  2. Stan Grant “Racism is destroying the Australian Dream”
  3. The life you can save by donating
  4. White Ribbon Day
  5. A great 1 minute video of fathers and their kids
  6. Social change and strengths-based approaches

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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