International Awareness Days in September 2022

From ‘International Day of Charity’, which is observed on September 5, to ‘International Translation Day’ marked on September 30, we have compiled a long list of all the Awareness Days and weeks celebrated in September 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 the public on issues of concern.

September 5, 2022 

International Day of Charity 

Not everyone has access to basic necessities, healthcare, technology, education, etc. These are basic necessities today, yet many lack them. We need to help the marginalized, vulnerable, poor, and underprivileged. Reaching out to help those in need will promote their rights, protect them, alleviate humanitarian crises and human suffering, and help in the advancement of society.

Mother Teresa, who passed away on September 5, 1997, was known for helping the impoverished and destitute. She is the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. The International Day of Charity is marked on September 5 to commemorate the anniversary of her death.

September 7, 2022

International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies

With the increasing pollution and factories releasing harmful gases, the quality of air has been deteriorating. This is detrimental to our health and is making air pollution a risk for us all. The pollutants in the air can enter our lungs and cause asthma and chronic respiratory illnesses or even death from lung cancer, chronic respiratory disease, as well as a heart attack. Clean air is crucial for us as air pollution has many negative effects on our society. 7 September is marked as the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies to promote efforts to reduce air pollution.

September 8, 2022

International Literacy Day

Although some of us are fortunate enough to receive a formal education, not many have that opportunity. The technology in our world has advanced so much that literacy has become necessary for the development of an individual and society. From reading newspapers, prescriptions, official documents, and instructions to reading signs on roads, train stations, and bus stations, literacy is tremendously important for understanding written texts, information, signs, or symbols in our daily life. International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8. The 2022 theme for the day is ‘Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces’.

September 9, 2022

International Day to Protect Education From Attack

There is so much violence in the world that even children are attacked globally. Millions of children and youth up to the age of 18 live in areas of conflict. Due to this, they face difficulties in accessing education. International Day to Protect Education From Attack on September 9 encourages upholding and protecting the right to education from attack. Schools should be a safe space for both students and educators where no violence takes place – they need to be protected while learning/teaching.

September 12, 2022

International Day for South-South Cooperation

September 12 is International Day for South-South Cooperation. South-South Cooperation means the countries in the Global South cooperating and working together to accomplish their developmental goals. It includes collaborating, exchanging resources, sharing knowledge for growth in economic, social, and environmental domains, and much more.

September 15, 2022

International Day of Democracy

A democratic system is that in which the people of a country have the right to vote and directly or indirectly elect representatives that form the government. This is just one of the features of democracy. The International Day of Democracy is celebrated on September 15 to promote democracy. It gives rise to a conversation about human rights and the state of democracy in the world.

September 16, 2022

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is marked on September 16. The day allows us to spread awareness about the importance of the ozone layer. It helps safeguard everyone on the planet from ultraviolet radiation that could be harmful to us.

September 17, 2022

World Patient Safety Day

Everyone should have access to safe healthcare. To highlight this, World Patient Safety Day is observed on September 17. It calls for action to make sure that patients are safe and they get the necessary care. It is also important to eliminate any practices that could be harmful to the patients or risk their health.

September 18, 2022

International Equal Pay Day 

Despite the advancement in our society, gender inequality is a never-ending nightmare for women across the globe. There is a massive pay gap between men and women. This pay gap largely impacts women of color. The International Equal Pay Day underlines the need to close the pay gap. It also spreads awareness about gender discrimination and unequal pay.

September 21, 2022

International Day of Peace 

Lives are lost, people are displaced from their homes, increase in mental health illnesses like PTSD, anxiety, depression, physical injuries, and limited access to basic necessities like food and water, these are just some effects of violence in our society. News reports of war, international conflicts, or violence are coming in from all parts of the world. We need to build peaceful communities and commit to efforts to end all kinds of violence. The International Day of Peace promotes global peace. It is observed on September 21.

September 23, 2022 

International Day of Sign Languages 

Sign Language is a method of communication using movements of our hands and arms, facial expressions, and signs to convey meaning. It is important to spread awareness of sign language as there are more than 300 sign languages that are being used by people worldwide to communicate with others. September 23 is the International Day of Sign Languages. The World Federation of the Deaf was founded on this date in 1951. The day helps emphasize the importance of the language. Every year the day has different themes. The 2022 theme for International Day of Sign Languages is “Sign Languages Unite Us!”

September 26, 2022

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons 

September 26 is International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. On this day, people all around the world spread awareness about the devastating effects of nuclear weapons and the advantages of doing away with them. A large amount is spent on these dangerous weapons. A 2020 report by the Guardian states that the “world nuclear arms spending hit $73 billion” in 2019. Half of this amount was spent by the US. 

September 27, 2022

World Tourism Day

Learning about different cultures, sightseeing, visiting historical sites or monuments, going to beaches, and museums are all part of tourism. Tourism helps you attempt to free yourself from the stress of everyday life and relax in a new environment. World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27, 2022. ‘Rethinking Tourism’ is this year’s theme for the day, with Indonesia hosting the celebration. Tourism helps boost the economy and is also a source of employment. 

September 29, 2022

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste 

Around 828 million people were affected by hunger in 2021. A lot of food is wasted every day by public and private sectors giving rise to 8 to 10% of the total greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. This puts pressure on the environment leading to extreme weather events and climate change. According to Forbes, 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted or lost globally. The International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste on September 29 is a call to action to reduce food loss and waste. 

World Maritime Day 

Celebrated on September 29, World Maritime Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the maritime industry workers. The theme for this year is ‘New technologies for greener shipping’ highlighting the importance of a sustainable maritime sector.

September 30, 2022

International Translation Day

International Translation Day is celebrated on September 30. It honors the work of translation professionals. They play an indispensable role in bringing together people who speak different languages from all over the world. It is because of them that we can now communicate with people who may not speak the same language as us. Translators have become even more important today with our growing interest in international music, television series, and films.

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