Social Justice Calendar

January 2nd, 2014  |  Published in Social justice (general)


The entries in this social justice calendar have come from several sources during 2013 and beyond. They are mostly recognised internationally, but some are specific to Australia, and a few are specific to the USA. The calendar is a work-in-progress and there may, for example, be some entries for which the date varies from year to year (so do check before assuming any entry is totally reliable). Entries will be added, deleted, or modified as better information comes to hand.
(Last updated Dec 2017; some dates vary from year to year)


  • Jan (third Monday) Martin Luther King, Jr Day (USA)
  • 11 Jan: Human Trafficking Awareness Day (USA)
  • 26 Jan: Invasion Day/Survival Day (Australia Day)
  • 27 Jan: International Holocaust Remembrance Day (for ALL victims)


  • 06 Feb: Int Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
  • 12 Feb: Red Hand Day (Child Soldier Awareness)
  • 20 Feb: World Day of Social Justice


  • March: Neighbour Day (Aust; last Sunday)
  • 08 Mar: International Women’s Day
  • 14 Mar: Labour Day (Vic); 8 Hr Day (Tas); Canberra Day; SA
  • 16 Mar (2018): Day of Action against Bullying, Violence (Aust)
  • 17 Mar: National Close the Gap Day (Aust)
  • 21 Mar: Harmony Day (Aust); Int Day for Elim Racial Discrim
  • 22 Mar: World Day for Water
  • 30 Mar: World Bipolar Day Neighbour Day (Aust; last Sunday in March)
  • 31 Mar: Int Trans Day of Visibility


  • Apr: Prev of Cruelty to Animals Month (USA)
  • Apr: Child Abuse Prevention Month (USA)
  • Apr: Sexual Assault Awareness Month (USA)
  • Apr: National Youth Week (Aust)
  • 01 Apr: Sexual Assault Day of Action (USA)
  • 04 Apr: International Day for Mine Awareness
  • 07 Apr: World Health Day
  • 12 Apr: Int Day for Street Children
  • 15 Apr (2018): Youth Homelessness Matters Day
  • 29 Apr: Remembrance Victims Chemical Warfare


  • 01 May: International Workers’ Day
  • 02 May: Labour Day (QLD)
  • 03 May: World Press Freedom Day
  • 17 May: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
  • 21 May: World Day of Cultural Diversity
  • 22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity
  • 26 May: Sorry Day (Aust)(New Year’s Day of this calendar)
  • 27 May: Reconciliation Week (Aust, to 3 June)
  • 28 May: Amnesty International Birthday (1961)


  • June: Refugee Week (Sun to Sat to include 20th)
  • June: Workplace Bullying Awareness Month (Aust)
  • 03 June: Know Bull Day (Aust)
  • 03 June: Mabo Day (Aust)
  • 04 June: International Day of Children Victims of Aggression
  • 05 June: World Environment Day
  • 08 June: World Oceans Day
  • 15 June: World Elder Abuse Day
  • 17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
  • 20 June: World Refugee Day
  • 26 June: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

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  • July: NAIDOC Week (Aust, first full week)
  • 18 July: Mandela Day (18 July 1918 to 5 December 2013)
  • 30 July: World Day against Trafficking in Persons


  • Aug: Homelessness Prevention Week (first full week)
  • Aug: Wear it Purple Day (sexual, gender diversity; last Fri)
  • 04 Aug: NAICD (Nat. Ab. and Is. Children’s Day)
  • 09 Aug: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
  • 12 Aug: International Youth Day
  • 19 Aug: World Humanitarian Day
  • 23 Aug: Int Day for Remembrance of Slave Trade and Abolition
  • 28 Aug: MLK Jr ‘I have a dream’ March on Washington (1963)
  • 30 Aug: International Day of the Disappeared


  • Sep: Child Protection Week (starts Fathers’ Day)
  • Sep: Equal Pay Day
  • Sep: R U OK Day (second Thursday, Aust)
  • 07 Sep: Endangered Species Day
  • 08 Sep: Int Literacy Day
  • 10 Sep: World Suicide Prevention Day
  • 16 Sep: Int Day for Preservation Ozone Layer
  • 21 Sep: Int Day of Peace; Zero Emissions Day
  • 23 Sep: Celebrate Bisexuality Day


  • October: Anti-Poverty Week
  • October: Mental Health Week
  • 01 Oct: Australian Borderline PD Awareness Week (to 07 Oct)
  • 01 Oct: International Day of Older Persons
  • 02 Oct: International Day of Non-Violence
  • 04 Oct: World Animal Day
  • 06 Oct: Labour Day (ACT, NSW, SA)
  • 07 Oct World Day for Decent Work
  • 10 Oct: World Mental Health Day
  • 10 Oct: World Day Against the Death Penalty
  • 11 Oct:  Coming Out Day
  • 15 Oct: International Day of Rural Women
  • 16 Oct: World Food Day
  • 17 Oct: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • 21 Oct: Gough Whitlam died 2014 (born 11 July 1916)
  • 22 Oct: Unity Day (Unite Against Bullying) (USA)
  • 24 Oct: International Day of Climate Action
  • 26 Oct: Intersex Awareness Day
  • 26 Oct: Asexual Awareness Week (to 1 Nov)


  • November: Social Justice Month
  • November (third Thursday) World Philosophy Day
  • 06 Nov: Int Day for Preventing Env Exploitation in War
  • 09 Nov: World Freedom Day (USA)
  • 16 Nov: International Day for Tolerance
  • 19 Nov: World Toilet Day
  • 20 Nov: Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • 20 Nov: Universal Children’s Day
  • 25 Nov: Int Day Elim Violence Against Women; White Ribbon (Aust)
  • 29 Nov: Int Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People


  • 01 Dec: Rosa Parks Day (USA)
  • 01 Dec: World AIDS Day
  • 02 Dec: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
  • 03 Dec: International Day of People with Disability
  • 10 Dec: Human Rights Day
  • 20 Dec: International Human Solidarity Day


Best Themis Blessings…Joan Beckwith

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6 comments on “Social Justice Calendar”

  1. Kit Scott says:

    Really great social justice list. I wanted to check if you’d consider adding World Emotional Trauma Awareness Day, 1st September 2020? And Blue Knot Day 2020 – untangling the Knot of Complex Trauma? These are important areas linked directly to social justice issues.

    Details below


    • Thanks, Kit. Updating the list is on my to-do list, and I can certainly add these two ‘days’ in when I do.

  2. joanbeckwith says:

    Brigid, I would be very happy for you to distribute the calendar to all of your suggested sites and anywhere else you think would be interested. Also to get any feedback and suggestions people have for changes and additions. Best wishes, Joan Beckwith.

  3. Joan, this is a marvellous list. Could I ask your permission to post it in full – with due attribution to you and the site to the following sites: The Network ( and the Ballarat Interfaith Network blog, Beside The Creek at From there I also put links onto the related facebook pages. As well, I have a Fb page – The FIE Campaign and a Twitter a/c related to that @fieOZ.

  4. joanbeckwith says:

    Thanks, Lorraine, and I’m hoping that now the legwork is largely done, it will be reasonably easy to update from year to year.
    In relation to the second part of your comment, I am aware that you do your own bit “for the betterment of groups, communities and others” and have done over a very long time.
    Best with it all for 2014, Joan Beckwith.

  5. Lorraine Harrison says:

    What a great idea, a social justice calendar 2014.
    Well done Joan.

    I find it inspiring to see all the work people plug away at throughout the world for the betterment of groups, communities and others.

    In our current world where there is a strong emphasis on consumerism and individualism (incl. immediate family) we need to continue the struggle for an ethical stance of ‘all communities good and not just our small little tribe focus”.
    regards Lorraine

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