Dates of Significance

  • International World Day of Social Justice – February 20
    What is social justice? Social justice refers in general to the idea of building a society based on principles of equity and non-discrimination that understands and values human rights.
  • Harmony Day – March 21
    The continuing message of Harmony Day is Everyone Belongs, which means all Australians are a welcome part of our country, regardless of their background.
  • IDAHOT Day - May 17
    The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia raises awareness of the struggles and difficulties that people of diverse sexual and gender identities face every day.
  • International World Refugee Day – June 20
    A refugee is someone who lives outside their country because of fear of punishment or persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, and cannot be protected by their home government.
  • International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples – August 9
    Today, many Indigenous people live on the fringes of society and are deprived of basic human rights, particularly cultural rights, due to dispossession and displacement from their land. Aboriginal Australians are now fighting for the right to be recognised as Australia's First People in the constitution and Western Sydney University supports that fight.
  • International Youth Day – August 12
    There are 1.2 billion youth aged 15-24 in the world today. IYD provides an opportunity for the world to recognize the potential of youth, to celebrate their achievements, and plan for ways to better engage young people to successfully take action in the development of their societies.
  • International Day of Peace – September 21
    The main objective of Peace Day is to provide an opportunity for individuals and organisations to promote peace across the world.
  • International Day of Mental Health – October 10
    In Australia nearly half (45%) of the population will experience a mental disorder at some stage in their lives. Mental illness affects in particular young people. At least one third of young people have had an episode of mental illness by the age of 25 years.
  • International Anti-Poverty Day – October 17
    The day was first celebrated in 1987 by thousands of participants who gathered at the Human Rights Plaza in Paris, France, to honour the victims of poverty, hunger and violence and was recognised by the United Nations in 1992.
  • International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women – November 25

    You can do something to help prevent violence against women. Everyone can - promote gender equality, challenge stereotypes and sexist attitudes, speak out if you hear excuses for violence or victim blaming, spread the word that violence is never an option or a solution and there is NO excuse for it.

  • International Day of People with Disability – December 3
    Four million Australians have a disability; that is 1 in 5 people. Disability can be obvious or hidden, it can be major or minor and it is not unusual for people to have more than one disability.   Disability can have a profound effect on the life of a person who has it and on the lives of the people who care for them.
  • International Human Rights Day – December 10
    This day celebrates the fundamental principle that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.