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Notable International and National Human Rights Events for the Month

September 6: Labor Day
Celebrates the historic struggles of workers in the United States to achieve safer working conditions, shorter hours, and humane restrictions on child labor while contributing to productive economies.

September 8: International Literacy Day
Supports awareness of the importance of persons being able to read and write in order to participate in today’s economic, legal, health and social environments.

September 17: Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
Commemorates the ratification in 1787 of the United States Constitution, the organization of government, and rights of citizenship. Also honors all who have become United States citizens.

September 21: International Day of Peace
Calls for continual working for peace and reduction of use of violence in 21 attempting to solve problems among individuals and all levels of human interaction.

Ethnic Holidays for the Month

Information from Diversity Resources.

September: National Recovery Month
Alcohol and addiction recovery are among our September diversity topics. National Recovery Month seeks to educate Americans regarding substance use treatment and mental health services. Recovery Month also aims to celebrate the gains made by those living in recovery.

September 15 - October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month
This September diversity month is actually celebrated from September 15 to October 15. The date was chosen because it’s the anniversary of when five Latin American countries – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua – declared independence in 1821. Throughout this month, watch films or read books about Hispanic culture. And help foster an inclusive workplace for Hispanics and all races with cultural competency training online.

September 6 - 9: Rosh Hashanah
September multicultural holidays include Rosh Hashanah, the holiday celebrating the Jewish New Year. It’s seen as a time for reflection on the past year and the year to come. It begins at sunset the previous day, and culminates 10 days later on Yom Kippur. Build inclusion for Judaism and all religions with online diversity training.

September 10: Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi is a highlight of the September diversity celebrations. This 10-day Hindu festival marks the birth of the elephant-headed deity Ganesha. Ganesha is the god of prosperity, wisdom, and new beginnings.

September 22: Autumnal Equinox
September diversity days include the Autumnal Equinox, a time for various religious observances worldwide. During the Autumnal Equinox, the sun passes directly over the Earth’s equator, which means the day and night are exactly equal in length. Going forward, you’ll have shorter days and longer nights in the northern hemisphere.