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Important International and Canadian Human Rights Dates.

These dates are an opportunity to understand more about the history of the development of the human rights we all enjoy in Canada. The United Nations designates international days to focus the world on the issues in which the UN has an interest and commitment. The following are some of the dates that are recognized here in Canada.

January 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Honour Holocaust victims and educate to prevent future acts of genocide.
http://www.un.org/holocaustremembrance/emainpage.shtml

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
(third Monday in January each year)

Black History Month
Celebrate the contributions of the Black community to our country, province and community.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/black/index.asp

February 20 – World Day of Social Justice
http://www.un.org/en/events/socialjusticeday/

March 8 – International Women’s Day
Celebrate the progress made in the rights of women
http://www.unac.org/en/news_events/un_days/women1.asp

March 21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Raise awareness of racism.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/march21/index.asp

March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day

April 11 – Day of Pink: the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, Transphobia, and Transmisogyny
https://dayofpink.org/

April 12 – Holocaust Remembrance Day

May 3 – World Press Freedom Day
http://www.un.org/en/events/pressfreedomday/

May 17 – Global Accessibility Awareness Day
http://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/

May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia
is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another.
www.homophobiaday.org

May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
http://www.un.org/en/events/culturaldiversityday/

July 18 – Nelson Mandela International Day
http://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/

August 9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/

August 12 – International Youth Day
http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/

August 27 – International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/slave-trade-and-its-abolition/

September 15 – International Day of Democracy
http://www.un.org/en/events/democracyday/

November 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance
https://www.glaad.org/tdor

November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/

November 29 – International Women Human Rights Defenders Day
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=20936&LangID=

December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Raise awareness of the needs and concerns of disabled people.
http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/

December 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/vaw-vff/remembrance-commemoration-en.html

December 10 – Human Rights Day
Celebrate and educate about human rights and fundamental freedoms by hosting an event, undertaking an activity or taking action.
http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

December 18 – International Migrants Day
http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/

Canada and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was set up to “promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.”