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Notable International and National Human Rights Events and Diversity Holidays for the Month

Information from a calendar of annual human rights observances on the Morgantown City website and from Diversity Resources.

October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month
A time for celebrating the strength of battered women and their children and for connecting those working to end violence against women and children.

October: Global Diversity Awareness Month
Aims to promote knowledge and respect for various cultures.

October: LGBT History Month
Marks and celebrates the lives and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States.

October: National Crime Prevention Month
Special awareness for the practice of crime prevention as well as victimization, volunteerism, and the need to create safer more connected neighborhoods and communities.

October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Advocates for people with disabilities, and their inclusion in the workforce.

October: National Polish American Heritage Month
Dedicated to honoring Polish heritage, October was chosen because it was when Polish settlers first arrived in Jamestown, VA in 1608.

October 1: International Day of Older Persons
Appreciates the contributions which older persons in diverse situations make to their communities and recognizes the need for opportunities for willing and capable persons of advanced age to participate in and be celebrated for their action in society.

October 10: Indigenous People Day (Native American Day)
Celebrates and honors Native American history and culture.

October 10: World Mental Health Day (People with Disabilities)
{romotes mental health awareness and education, and advocates against social stigma relating to mental health,

October 14: Defender of Ukraine Day
Honors all who have fought for the sovereignty of Ukraine.

October 15: World Food Day
A day for awareness of the need for greater equity in access to food production and distribution locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Day
Call to action for the eradication of poverty and destitution worldwide.

October 21: Spirit Day (LGBTQ+)
Wear purple on this day to support LGBTQ youth and speak out against bullying.

October 24: United Nations Day
Commemorates the founding of the United Nations in 1945.

October 31: World Cities Day
“The human future is largely an urban future. We must get right reduction of greenhouse emissions, strengthening resilience, ensuring basic services such as water and sanitation, and designing safe public streets and spaces for all to share.” (UN Sec. Gen.)

Religious Holidays for the Month

Information from a calendar of diversity events from Diversity Resources.

October 24: Diwali (Hindu)
A significant celebration in the Hindu faith in which they praise diverse deities.