International Awareness Days and Weeks in August 2022

From ‘World Breastfeeding Week’, which is observed from August 1 to 7, to ‘International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples’ marked on August 9, we have compiled a long list of all the Awareness Days and weeks celebrated in August 2022 that you should know of to help bring a change.

With so many things going on around the world, we must raise awareness of these issues concerning us and the people on this planet. One such way of doing so is by observing international days and weeks that are occasions held to educate people on issues of concern.

August 1, 2022 – August 7, 2022

World Breastfeeding Week

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When a baby is born, it needs warmth and milk, and breastfeeding has major benefits for babies as breastmilk is clean, safe, and carries antibodies. Therefore the first week of August is observed as ‘World Breastfeeding Week’. As breastmilk and breastfeeding can provide benefits to both the health and welfare of babies, it is the ideal food for infants, which ensures a tiny human’s health and survival. The antibodies in breastmilk help protect against many common childhood illnesses. 

The World Breastfeeding Week also pushes forth a conversation about maternal health. World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) “promotes and supports breastfeeding.” Its theme for the World Breastfeeding Week 2022 will “highlight the links between breastfeeding and good nutrition, food security and reduction of inequalities.”

August 9, 2022 

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 

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One of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups living in our world is the Indigenous people, who often face discrimination, and whose rights have been historically violated.

The Indigenous people, who, according to the United Nations, “make up less than 5 percent of the world’s population,” are more vulnerable to violence and abuse and have faced and continue to face much pain and suffering. They also account for 15 percent of the poorest in the world. August 9 is observed as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day helps raise awareness of the needs of Indigenous people.

Visit the UN website to learn more about the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: HERE

August 12, 2022

International Youth Day 

The youth are our future, and to celebrate them, International Youth Day is commemorated on August 12 every year. This day helps in “bringing youth issues to the attention of the international community”. The youth play a huge role in our society and International Youth Day celebrates their potential “as partners in today’s global society.”

Click HERE to know more about International Youth Day.

August 19, 2022

World Humanitarian Day

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As per the UN, World Humanitarian Day was “designated” in honor of August 19, 2003, bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq. This attack resulted in the “killing of 22 people, including the chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.”

The UN states that each year the day “focuses on a theme, bringing together partners from across the humanitarian system to advocate for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises, and for the safety and security of aid workers.”

Learn more about World Humanitarian Day: HERE

August 21, 2022

International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism 

Terrorism ruins lives and has a lasting negative impact on its survivors and the loved ones of its victims. It is heartbreaking how victims and survivors are often forgotten in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. That is why August 21 is observed as the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. It honors and supports the victims and survivors of terrorism. The Day is observed to “promote and protect the full enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

Visit the UN website to learn more about the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism: HERE

August 22, 2022

International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief 

There are continuing acts of intolerance and violence based on religion with attacks on mosques, churches, or other places of worship. These attacks of violence include those against persons belonging to religious communities and religious minorities around the world.

International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief on August 22 recognizes “the importance of providing victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief and members of their families with appropriate support and assistance in accordance with applicable law,” states the UN.

Learn more about the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief: HERE

August 23, 2022

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition [UNESCO]

August 22 to 23, 1791 in Santo Domingo (present-day Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of an uprising. This uprising played a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. That is why the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is commemorated on August 23. UNESCO states, “This International Day is intended to inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples.”

Visit the UNESCO website to learn more about the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition: HERE

August 29, 2022

International Day against Nuclear Tests 

The testing of nuclear weapons began decades ago on July 16 , 1945. Since then, over 2000 tests have taken place. August 29 is declared as the International Day against Nuclear Tests wherein the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted resolution 64/35. It calls for increasing awareness and education “about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.”

2010 marked the inaugural commemoration of the Day, which every year is observed by coordinating various activities throughout the world. These activities include “symposia, conferences, exhibits, competitions, publications, lectures, media broadcasts and other initiatives.”

Learn more about International Day against Nuclear Tests: HERE

August 30, 2022

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances 

Enforced disappearance is sometimes used as a strategy to spread terror within society. This has become a global problem.

“On 21 December 2010, by its resolution 65/209 the UN General Assembly expressed its deep concern about the increase in enforced or involuntary disappearances in various regions of the world, including arrest, detention, and abduction, when these are part of or amount to enforced disappearances, and by the growing number of reports concerning harassment, ill-treatment, and intimidation of witnesses of disappearances or relatives of persons who have disappeared,” states the UN. Since 2011, August 30 is observed as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.

Visit the UN website to learn more about the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances: HERE

August 31, 2022

International Day for People of African Descent

People of African descent have contributed immensely to our world. On August 31, 2021, The International Day for People of African Descent was observed for the first time. On this day, the United Nations aims “to promote the extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora around the world and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people of African descent.”

Know more about International Day for People of African Descent: HERE
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