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Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Events 2018

This page is regularly updated.


4th Jan World Braille Day – created to commemorate Louis Braille,  the creator of Braille as a means of communication for people who are blind.

8th – 12th Jan National Obesity Awareness Week

14th Jan National Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Day

21st Jan World Religion Day

22nd Jan – 26th Jan Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

25th Jan Young Carers Awareness Day #youngcarersawarenessday

27 Jan International Holocaust Remembrance Day


28th Jan World Leprosy Day


LGBT history month

1st February Time to Talk Day (Let’s end mental health discrimination)

4th February World Cancer Day

5th – 11th February Children’s Mental Health Week #BeingOurselves

6th February International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation


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1st March University Mental Health Day


8th March International Women’s Day

21st March International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination  – In 1998, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission delivered its findings on the massacre of March 21, 1960 at Sharpeville. The commission found that “police deliberately opened fire on an unarmed crowd that had gathered peacefully… to protest the pass laws”.  That day is remembered and its significance is marked every year on the 21st of March

25th March International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

31st March 2017 International Transgender Day of Visibility



Stress Awareness Month

2nd April World Autism Awareness Day

7th April World Health Day

24th April World Holocaust Remembrance Day

26th April Lesbian Visibility Day

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14 – 20 May Mental Health Awareness Week

15-21 May Deaf Awareness Week

17 May IDAHOBIT – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia


12 June Men’s Health Week

12 June Carers Week

12 World Day Against Child Labour

14 June World Blood Donor Day

15th June World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

26 June Deafblind Awareness Week

20 June World Refugee Day

  • An estimated 65 million people throughout the world have been forced to flee their homes. The numbers of protracted conflicts have increased. This has created more than 22 million refugees worldwide – but developing countries host over 80 per cent of people. There are an estimated 118,995 refugees living in the UK. That’s just 0.18 per cent of the total population (65.1 million people) (Source: British Red Cross).

18th – 24th June Refugee Week

26 June Deafblind Awareness Week


3rd July Health Information Week

14th July Disability Pride Brighton

July Annual Brighton Trans and Non-Binary Conference

21 July Trans Pride Brighton



3rd to 5th August Brighton and Hove Pride

12 Aug International Youth Day


Sep World Alzheimer’s Month

10 Sep National Dementia Carers Day

18 Sep National Eye Health Week

23 Sep Bi-Visibility Day

Bi Visibility Day


Oct Black History Month

Oct (date TBC) International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization

1 Oct International Day of Older Persons

2 Oct Dyslexia Awareness Week

2 Oct Anniversary of the Human Rights Act of 1998

8th Oct International Lesbian Day

11th Oct National Coming Out Day

8-14 Oct National Braille Week

10 Oct World Mental Health Day

12 Oct World Sight Day

26 Oct Intersex Awareness Day


1 Nov National Stress Awareness Day

13 to 17 Nov Anti-Bullying Week

Nov Transgender Awareness Week

20 Nov Transgender Day of Remembrance

20 Universal Children’s Day

25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women


1 Dec World AIDS day

2 Dec International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

3 Dec International Day of Persons with Disabilities

10 Dec Human Rights Day

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Picture by Narayan Maharjan/NurPhot