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International Days

Each international day is an opportunity to focus our attention on a particular issue. The days are listed in chronological order. Click on the name of the day to get:

- information about the day's origins and news about the issue
- educational materials on that subject
- links to relevant international treaties
- links to organisations with more information

Martin Luther King Jr. \'I have a dream\' speechMartin Luther King Day
17 January

International Holocaust Remembrance Day
27 January

Scales of justice (Source: Day of Social Justice
20 February

noose_40pxInternational Death Penalty Abolition Day
1 March

International Women\'s Day 2009International Women's Day
8 March

Apartheid passbook, South Africa 1985 (source: UN Photo/x)International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21 March

Whipped slave (Source: Wikimedia Commons)International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
25 March

International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in RwandaInternational Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda
7 April

video camera (source: Wikimedia/Popperipopp)World Press Freedom Day
3 May

Two men iconInternational Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
17 May

African girl selling peanuts by roadside (source: Roman Bonnefoy)World Day Against Child Labour
12 June

Students in Ghana (source: Steve Courchesne)International Day of the African Child
16 June

90 Ecuadorian refugees on small boat (source: US Navy)World Refugee Day
20 June

1927 drawing depicting Japanese torture method (source: Heibonsha)International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
26 June

inter-racial friendship (source: UN Photo/x)International Youth Day
12 August

Medallion of British Anti-Slavery Society, 1795International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
23 August

Day of the DisappearedInternational Day of the Disappeared
30 August

International Day of Peace
21 September

International Day of Older Persons
1 October

World Day Against the Death Penalty
10 October

World Food Day
16 October

Afghan farmer (source: UN Photo/Fardin Waez)International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
17 October

Diversity of peoples (source: UN)International Day for Tolerance
16 November

Children in the Marshall Islands (source: Steve Courchesne)Universal Children's Day
20 November

Women in RDC (source: UNICEF)International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
25 November

World AIDS DayWorld AIDS Day
1 December

Handicapped accessible signInternational Day of Persons with Disabilities
3 December

Human Rights DayHuman Rights Day
10 December

Migrant worker family in California, United States, 1936 (Source: Wikimedia Commons/Dorothea Lange)International Migrants Day
18 December

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