Important International Dates

These are key dates we thought may be useful as you plan your events, actions and marches. 

Please let us know what you are planning by emailing us at so we can add it to our event page.


Jan 21: Women's March - US and Global

Jan 31: Bell Let's Talk Day - Canada


Feb 1-28: Black History Month - US/Canada

Feb 1-28: Junior Achievement Month - Canada

Feb 6: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation - Global

Feb 12: Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day - Canada (Canadian Federation for Sexual Health)

Feb 14: One Billion Rising - Global

  • Aims to be the world’s biggest mass action to end gender violence; a global call to action based on the statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime - that’s more than one billion women and girls.

Third Week of Feb: Scout-Guide Week - Canada (Scouts Canada & Girl Guides of Canada)

Feb 20: World Day of Social Justice - Global (UN)

Feb 28: Pink Shirt Day/Anti-Bullying Day - Canada


Mar 8: International Women's Day - Global

Mar 1-31: Women's History Month

Mar 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - Global

Mar 22: World Water Day - Global


April 1-31: Sexual Assault Awareness Month - Canada

April 1-31: Mandatory Pay Gap Reporting - UK

  • Regulations that mean employers with more than 250 employees must publish figures on the average pay gap between male and female workers, are likely to kick in in April. It’s an important step in the ongoing battle for equal pay.

April 7: World Health Day - Global

Last week of April: National Victims of Crime Awareness Week - Canada (Justice Canada)


May 1-31: Asian Heritage Month - Canada (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)

May 1-31: International Doula Month - Global

May 1-31: Sexual Abuse/Assault Prevention Month - Ontario, Canada (Ontario Women's Directorate)

May 7: National Child and Youth Mental Health Day - Canada

May 7-13: Mental Health Week - Canada

May 14-20: National Women's Health Week - US

May 16: International Day of Living Together in Peace - Global

May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development - Global

May 28: Ain't I a Woman Day - US


June 1-31: LGBTQ Pride Month - US

June 1-3: Women in Science

June 10: Equal Pay Act Anniversary - US

June 12: World Day Against Child Labour - Global (UN)

June 19: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict - Global

June 20: World Refugee Day - Global

June 21: National Aboriginal Day - Canada (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada)

June 27: Canadian Multiculturalism Day - Canada (Canadian Heritage)


July 24: International Self-Care Day - Global


Aug 9: International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples - Global

Aug 12: International Youth Day - Global

Aug 18: National Women's Equality Day/Anniversary of the 19th Amendment - US

Aug 26: Women's Equality Day - Canada

Aug 28: Anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington - US


Sept 1-31: National Hispanic Heritage Month - Canada

Sept 19: 125th anniversary of New Zealand women gaining the vote - New Zealand

  • First country in the world where there was universal suffrage

Sept 21: International Day of Peace - Global

Sept 27: National Women's Health and Fitness Day - US


Oct 2: International Day of Non-Violence - Global

Oct 10: World Mental Health Day - Global

Oct 11: International Day of the Girl Child - Global

Oct 17: International Day of the Eradication of Poverty - Global (UN)

Oct 2-8: Women’s Sports Week - UK

  • Dedicated to raising the profile of women in sport - from grassroot organisations to elite athletes - the aim is to get more women and girls more active and involved with sport.


Nov 1-31: Native American History Month - US

Nov 1-31: Family Violence Prevention Month - Alberta, Canada

Nov 1-31: National Community Safety and Crime Prevention Campaign - Canada

Nov 1-31: Woman Abuse Prevention Month - Canada (Ministry of Citizenship)

Nov 20: Universal Children's Day - Global

Nov 25: International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women - Global

Nov 25 - Dec 10: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence - Global (UN)

  • Each year, the UN will pick a theme and specific campaign drive

Nov 25 - Dec 6: White Ribbon Campaign (Men against Men's Violence Against Women) - Canada

Nov 29: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People - Palestine/Global


Dec 1: World AIDS Day - Global

Dec 2: UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery - Global

Dec 3: Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - Canada (Status of Women Canada)

Dec 10: Human Rights Day - Global

Dec 18: International Migrants Day - Global