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January - Stalking Awareness Month

Stalking Awareness Month - Stalking is a dangerous crime that affected 6.6 million adults in the United States in one year. The better we understand the facts about stalking, the more we can do to stop it.

That's why the Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime, and the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, launched National Stalking Awareness Month in 2004. Every January since then, communities across the country have focused on stalking - holding events, sharing information, and building awareness about the crime.

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February – Black History Month/National Eating Disorder Week/World Social Justice Day

Eating Disorders Awareness Week, a week when eating disorder illnesses draw greater attention via the efforts of individuals like YOU! Through intentional activities, conversations and events we can all help create an environment that redefines outdated thinking, reduces the stigma associated with weight, body shape, or size, and inspires someone to reconsider an unhealthy attitude or behavior.

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Social Justice Day, Feburary 20th.

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March - Women’s History Month/Equal Pay Day

Women's History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as "Women's History Week." Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women's History Week." In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as "Women's History Month." Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women's History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as "Women's History Month."

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Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages.

Equal Pay Day

April – Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) - The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

By working together and pooling our resources during the month of April, we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.

SAAM

May – Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month - Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

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August - Women's Equality Day

Women's Equality Day - At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as "Women's Equality Day."

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world's first women's rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

The observance of Women's Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women's continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women's Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.

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September – National Campus Safety Awareness Month/Women’s Friendship Day

National Campus Safety Awareness Month - Take part on September 25, recognized as the official Day of Action on campuses. Encourage students, faculty and staff to make the PACT:

  • I am aware that sexual assault can happen to anyone at any time.
  • I believe we can end sexual assault through education.
  • I will always be sure of genuine consent before any sexual activity.
  • I will take action if I see a situation that could lead to sexual assault.
  • I commit to learning more and promoting the PACT.

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Women's Friendship Day - Always held on the third Sunday in September.

  • Promote friendship between and among women
  • Hold and/or attend a breakfast, luncheon, or dinner with a women's group
  • Visit your women friends
  • If any of your friends are out of town, send an Ecard or make a call to them
  • Spend time with special friends.
  • Promote the value of women in society

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October – Domestic & Relationship Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)

Domestic Violence Awareness Month - evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered womens advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels.

Body Inclusivity Week (Love Your Body) - the beauty industry (and the media in general) tell women and girls that being admired, envied and desired based on their looks is a primary function of true womanhood. The beauty template women are expected to follow is extremely narrow, unrealistic and frequently hazardous to their health. The Love Your Body campaign challenges the message that a woman's value is best measured through her willingness and ability to embody current beauty standards.

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November – Native American Heritage Month/International Men’s Day

Native American Heritage Month - National Native American Heritage Day is observed next on Friday, November 25th, 2022. It has been observed the day after Thanksgiving since 2008.

International Men's Day - International Men's Day is for celebrating men and the contributions they make to society.

  • To highlight the importance of male role models—not just popular figures, but everyday working-class men.
  • To celebrate the positive roles of men in communities, families, relationships, and childcare.
  • To focus on the health of men and boys.
  • To highlight discrimination faced by men, such as social attitudes and expectations.
  • To improve gender relations across the world, and to promote gender equality.
  • To create a safer, better world where people can reach their full potential.

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December – Universal Human Rights Month/World AIDs Day

Universal Human Rights Month - December 10, Human Rights Day, is a global holiday that marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations in 1948. Article I of the Declaration states,

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." Sadly, many people around the world have not experienced this truth. They face discrimination and persecution because of their race, national origin, sex, gender, religion, age, language, or other status."

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World AIDS Day - Is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

World AIDS Day


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