Special days and dates for families and communities – 2020

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There are many international and Australian national days/weeks that focus on issues facing families and communities. The following are some of the more significant ones in 2020. I generally haven’t included the many charity days and days focusing on specific health issues. Please let me know if I have missed any important days.

(While most of the following days are international, ones marked with * are mainly for Australia.)

I have also created a list of days and dates for the environment.

Please note that some of the websites are not updated for 2020 yet.

January  

International Holocaust Remembrance Day — Monday, 27 January 2020

February  

World Day of Social Justice — Thursday, 20 February 2020

International Mother Language Day — Friday, 21 February 2020

March  

International Women’s Day — Sunday, 8 March 2020

Close the Gap Day — Thursday, 19 March 2020*

International Day of Happiness — Friday, 20 March 2020

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination — Saturday, 21 March 2020

Harmony Day — Saturday, 21 March 2020 *

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition — Wednesday, 25 March 2020

April  

World Health Day — Tuesday, 7 April 2020

World Day for Safety and Health at Work — Tuesday, 28 April 2020

May  

Mothers Day — Sunday, 10 May 2020

International Day of Families — Friday, 15 May 2020

Walk Safely to School Day — Friday, 15 May 2020 *

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia — Sunday, 17 May 2020

National Volunteer Week — 18-24 May 2020*

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development  — Thursday, 21 May 2020

National Sorry Day — Tuesday, 26 May 2020 *

June  

Pride Month — Monday, 1 June 2020

Global Day of Parents — Monday, 1 June 2020

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression — Thursday, 4 June 2020

World Day Against Child Labour — Friday, 12 June 2020

World Blood Donor Day — Sunday, 14 June 2020

Refugee Week — 14-20 June 2020 *

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day — Monday, 15 June 2020

World Refugee Day — Saturday, 20 June 2020

Fathers Day — Sunday, 21 June 2020 (in USA, see link for other dates)

July  

NAIDOC Week — 5-12 July 2020 *

World Hepatitis Day — Tuesday, 28 July 2020

International Day of Friendship — Thursday, 30 July 2020

World Day against Trafficking in Persons — Thursday, 30 July 2020

August  

International Day for World Indigenous Peoples — Sunday, 9 August 2020

International Youth Day — Wednesday, 12 August 2020

World Humanitarian Day — Wednesday, 19 August 2020

September  

International Day of Charity — Saturday, 5 September 2020

Fathers Day — Sunday 6 September 2020 (in Australia, see link for other dates)

International Literacy Day — Tuesday, 8 September 2020

World Suicide Prevention Day — Thursday, 10 September 2020

International Day of Peace — Monday, 21 September 2020

October  

International Day of Older Persons — Thursday, 1 October 2020

International Day of Nonviolence  — Friday, 2 October 2020

World Habitat Day — Monday, 5 October 2020

World Teacher’s Day — Monday, 5 October 2020

World Mental Health Day — Saturday, 10 October 2020

International Day of the Girl Child — Sunday, 11 October 2020

International Day of Rural Women — Thursday, 15 October 2020

World Food Day — Friday, 16 October 2020

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty — Saturday, 17 October 2020

United Nations Day — Saturday, 24 October 2020

November  

International Day of Tolerance — Monday, 16 November 2020

Universal Children’s Day — Friday, 20 November 2020

Transgender Day of Remembrance — Friday, 20 November 2020

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women — Wednesday, 25 November 2020

December  

World AIDS Day — Tuesday, 1 December 2020

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery — Wednesday, 2 December 2020

International Day of People with Disability — Thursday, 3 December 2020

International Volunteer Day — Saturday, 5 December 2020

Human Rights Day — Thursday, 10 December 2020

International Migrants Day — Friday, 18 December 2020

* Mainly for Australia

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About Graeme Stuart

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