Diversity Days

Creating a sense of belonging at UNSW.

On Diversity Days we celebrate and support the rich diversity of our UNSW community.

Diversity Calendar 2022

18 February - 6 March 2022

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

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 people achievements.

 

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22 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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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. 

 

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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. 

 

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27 May – 3 June 2021

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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3 – 10 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.

 

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13 – 21 August 

National Science Week 

Annual celebration of science and technology across Australia.

 

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26 August 

Wear It Purple Day 

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

 

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9 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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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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All month

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.

 

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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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16 - 22 October 

Anti-Poverty Week 

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

 

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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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26 October 

Intersex Awareness Day 

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

 

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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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20 November 

Transgender Day of Remembrance 

Honouring those lost to anti-transgender violence.

 

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20 November 

National Go Home on Time Day

start necessary conversations in our workplaces about work/life balance, the value of time, and time theft.

 

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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. 

 

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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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Our celebrations

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

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

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.