Days of Significance

Creating a sense of belonging at UNSW.

Days of significance are an opportunity to learn more about, celebrate and support the rich diversity of our UNSW community.

We also invite you to use the Culturally Inclusive Calendar when organising and planning events.

Days of Significance 2024

4 January

World Braille Day

World Braille Day, celebrated since 2019, is observed to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication in the full realisation of the human rights of blind and partially sighted people.

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11 February

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

This Day is an opportunity to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. Gender equality is a global priority for UNESCO, and the support of young girls, their education, and their full ability to make their ideas heard are levers for development and peace.

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16 February – 3 March

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Shining a global light on the LGBTIQ+ lives, culture and community.

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20 February

World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice (Social Justice Equality Day) is an international day recognising the need to promote social justice, which includes efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, gender inequality, unemployment, human rights, and social protection.

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16 February – 3 March

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Shining a global light on the LGBTIQ+ lives, culture and community.

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1 March

Zero Discrimination Day

Celebrating everyone's right to live a full and productive life with dignity.

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8 March

International Women's Day 

Share the responsibility to achieve gender equity and celebrate the achievements of women.

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21 March

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Harmony Day)

Celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity. A day of respect, inclusiveness and belonging.

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31 March

International Transgender Day of Visibility

Empowering the trans community through a celebration of trans and gender diverse people's achievements.

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2 April

World Autism Awareness Day

A day to raise awareness and promote understanding of people with autism and their contributions to society.

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22 - 28 April

Lesbian Visibility Week

Lesbian Visibility Week is a week to raise awareness of the issues faced by lesbians in workplaces, in culture and in health and wellbeing.

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25 April

International Girls in ICT Day

Encouraging girls who are interested in ICT to become women who study and work in ICT.

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16 May

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is an awareness day focusing on digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people alive today who live with disabilities or impairments. 

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17 May

IDAHOBIT 

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia draws attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people. 

Learn more Share your story 

 

21 May

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 

Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development. 

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26 May

National Sorry Day 

Recognise and acknowledge people from the Stolen Generations. 

Share your story

 

27 May – 3 June

National Reconciliation Week 

Learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. 

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27 May – 3 June

National Reconciliation Week 

Learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. 

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All June

Pride Month

Pride Month celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community and provides an opportunity for both celebration as well as reflection on the progression of human rights and social acceptance.

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20 June

World Refugee Day

The international day to honour people who have been forced to flee, and to champion their right to seek safety, build support for their economic and social inclusion, and advocate for solutions to their plight. 

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4 - 11 July

NAIDOC Week 

Celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Participate and support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

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14 July

International Non-Binary People's Day 

Held precisely in between International Men’s Day and International Women’s Day. Non-binary is an umbrella term for any number of gender identities that sit within, outside of, across or between the spectrum of the male and female binary.

Share your story

4 August

National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

It is an opportunity to show our support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that culture, family and community play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child. 

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10 - 18 August

National Science Week 

Annual celebration of science and technology across Australia.

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30 August

Wear It Purple Day 

To make the world safe for rainbow young people to be proud of who they are.

Pledge your support

10 September

World Suicide Prevention Day

Provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003. 

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12 September

R U OK? Day 

Day of action to remind you to ask, “Are you OK?” and to remember to always offer support to people who may be struggling with life. 

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18 September

International Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day is a symbolic day recognised in countries around the world to represent the inequalities faced by working women. 

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23 September

Bisexual Visibility Day 

Also called Bisexual Pride Day, Bi Visibility Day, Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day, and Bisexuality+ Day is observed to recognise and celebrate the history, community and culture of bisexual people and challenges bisexual & biromantic erasure.

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International Day of Sign Languages

A day to celebrate, protect and support the diverse cultures and linguistic identities of deaf people and sign language users across the world. 

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All October

Mental Health Month 

Encourages us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we have a lived experience of mental illness or not.

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Indigenous Business Month

Started by Indigenous business people who see business as a vehicle towards self-determination, a way of providing positive role models for Indigenous Australians and improving quality of life in Indigenous communities.

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10 October

World Mental Health Day 

World Federation for Mental Health initiative to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.

Share your story

 

11 October

International Day of the Girl Child 

Address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

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13 - 19 October

Anti-Poverty Week 

Supports the Australian community to increase their understanding of poverty and to take action collectively to end it.

See how UNSW marked Anti-Poverty Week 2023 with this support and information video.

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Carer’s Week

It is a time to recognise, celebrate and raise awareness of the 2.65 million Australians who provide care and support to a family member or friend. 

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16 October

International Pronouns Day

International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.

Find resources on using LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Language & Pronouns at UNSW

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17 October

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 

Acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty.

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20 - 26 October

Ace Week (Asexual Awareness Week)

An international campaign dedicated to raising awareness and expanding education of asexuality. 

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26 October

Intersex Awareness Day 

Awareness day to highlight the human rights issues faced by Intersex people.

Here's how Intersex Awareness Day was celebrated by EDI at UNSW. 

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16 November

International Day for Tolerance 

The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples.

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13 - 19 November

Transgender Awareness Week 

Celebrate the resilience and amplify the voices of trans and gender diverse communities. Here's how Transgender Awareness Week was celebrated at EDI at UNSW. 

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20 November

Transgender Day of Remembrance 

Honouring those lost to anti-transgender violence.

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25 November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 

Taking a stand against gender-based violence.

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1 December

World AIDS Day 

Raising global awareness about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.

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3 December

International Day of People with Disability 

Increasing awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrating their contributions. 

Share your story

 

10 December

Human Rights Day 

Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity, acknowledging that everyone is born free with rights. 

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18 December

International Migrants Day 

Migration is the great issue of our era, and a force for dignity because it allows people to choose to save themselves, letting them choose participation over isolation.

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20 December

International Human Solidarity Day 

A day to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication and more. 

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Additional resources and information

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates LGBTQIA+ people globally, and raises awareness for the work still needed to combat discrimination.

International Women’s Day has become a time to reflect on progress, to call for change and to celebrate the courage and determination of the women who changed history, and those who are working to advance gender equality into the future. See whats on at UNSW this year.

Wear it Purple is an Australian organisation that works to support safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people. Arc, the Queer Collective, and the ally@UNSW invite you to pledge your support.

The Intersex community represents people born with physical or biological sex characteristics that are more diverse than standard definitions for male or female bodies.

June is Pride Month. It commemorates the birth of the global liberation movement for LGBTQIA+ equality and the pride marches that sprung up in the wake of the 1969 Stonewall riots.