On 24 June 1900, Raphael Lemkin – the man who coined the word ‘genocide’ – was born. Lemkin was deeply saddened by massacres of the past and was affected by genocide himself when his own family were murdered during the Holocaust. He dedicated his life to getting genocide officially recognised as a crime by nations across the world.
Each year on 20 June, the world celebrates World Refugee Day. This day recognises and celebrates the contribution of refugees to society across the world.
Refugee week takes place every year around World Refugee Day on 20 June, and celebrates the contributions of refugees to the UK.
Every June, we celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (GRTHM) in the UK.
Each year on 17 May, the UK and countries across the world mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
24 April 1915 is a symbolic date for commemorating the victims of the Ottoman Empire’s near total destruction of its Armenian population.
Every year on 21 March, World Poetry Day celebrates poets and the reading, writing and teaching of poetry.
Each year on 8 March, people across the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women for International Women’s Day.
The first Thursday in March every year is World Book Day. It is a chance to celebrate books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries throughout the world.