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Equalities events

As part of our commitment to equalities, we organise a number of events in partnership with local voluntary and community sector organisations to celebrate our diverse community. Details of activities planned for these events will be communicated through local communication channels.

If you would like to organise an event or activity for one of these initiatives, or would like to support our work please contact the Communities Team on partnerships@islington.gov.uk

Black History Month

October

Black History Month is a month long celebration of the story of people and communities of African origin. Delivered throughout October, Black History Month is dedicated to the achievements and contributions of people of African origin have made to the growth and strengthening of civilisations from antiquity to the present.

Black History Month provides the opportunity educate, raise awareness, and celebrate the invaluable contributions to political, social and cultural development of the country.

Islington’s Black History Month provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the contribution that individuals and communities of African origin have made to life in the borough.

Events are organised by a wide variety of voluntary and community organisations throughout the month. Details of this will be advertised in advance of the month.

If you would like to organise an event during Black History Month or support the month in any way please contact the Communities Team on partnerships@islington.gov.uk.

Holocaust Memorial Day

January

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place each year on 27 January.

27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, and is now a day for everyone to remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur and elsewhere.

In the UK, thousands of local events and activities take place every year – each one an opportunity for people to reflect on those whose lives were changed beyond recognition, and to challenge prejudice, discrimination and hatred in our own society today.

Islington’s Holocaust Memorial Day is organised by the council. Details of this will be advertised in advance.

If you would like to organise an event to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day or to support the council’s event please contact the Communities Team on partnerships@islington.gov.uk

Inter Faith Week

November

Inter Faith Week helps to open inter faith activity up to a wider audience so that more people are made aware of the importance of inter faith work and are able to participate in it.
Interfaith Week aims to:

  • Strengthen good inter faith relations

  • Increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK - celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society

  • Increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs

Inter Faith Week highlights the good work done by local faith, inter faith and faith-based groups and organisations, and draws new people into inter faith learning and cooperation.

The week enables greater interaction between people of different backgrounds, helps develop integrated and neighbourly communities, celebrates diversity and commonality, and opens new possibilities for partnership.

Inter Faith Week is for everyone. Anyone can take attend or organise an event during the week.

Islington’s Inter Faith Week is led by the Islington Faiths Forum, who organise an annual lecture and debate. Details of this will be advertised in advance of the week.

Inter Faith Week is for everyone. Anyone can take attend or organise an event during the week.

If you would like to organise an event to mark Interfaith Week or support the week in any way please contact the Communities Team on partnerships@islington.gov.uk.

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)

May

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) takes place on 17 May every year. This is the international landmark date to mobilise people irrespective of sexual orientation to celebrate sexual and gender diversities.

For Islington Council, it is working with our partners, residents and communities to raise awareness and show solidarity in denouncing the alarming violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI communities.

Details of how Islington will mark this day will be advertised in advance of the day. If you would like to organise an event for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia please contact the Communities Team on partnerships@islington.gov.uk


International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 December

International Day of Persons with Disabilities was established in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities aims to promote the rights and well-being of people with disabilities in all spheres of society and to increase awareness in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Details of how Islington will mark this day will be advertised in advance of the day.

If you would like to organise an event to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities please contact the Communities Team on partnerships@islington.gov.uk

International Transgender Day of Remembrance

November

International Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on November 20 as a day to memorialise those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

If you would like to organise an event to mark International Transgender Day of Remembrance or support the day in any way please contact the Communities Team on partnerships@islington.gov.uk.

International Women's Day

March

International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
International Women's Day is celebrated on the 8 March every year.

The Day provides an important moment to showcase commitment to women's equality, launch new initiatives, take action, celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness, highlight gender parity gains and more.

Islington’s International Women's Day is organised by the council and key local voluntary groups. The day celebrates the contribution that women make to the borough and inspires people to take action towards making a difference.

If you would like to organise an event for International Women’s Day or to support the borough-wide event please contact the Communities Team on partnerships@islington.gov.uk

LGBT History Month

February

LGBT History Month is a month-long celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history.

Delivered through the month of February, LGBT History Month provides an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the history of gay rights and relevant civil rights movements.

Islington’s LGBT History Month celebrated the achievements and contributions of LGBT communities to the borough and to reaffirm our commitment to tackling opportunity tackle homophobia and discrimination.

Our programme of events is organised by Camden LGBT form. Details of this will be advertised in advance of the month.

If you would like to organise an event to mark LGBT history Month or support the month in any way please contact the Communities Team on partnerships@islington.gov.uk.

Refugee Week

June

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June.

Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

Refugee Week started in 1998 as a direct reaction to hostility in the media and society in general towards refugees and asylum seekers.

An established part of the UK’s cultural calendar, Refugee Week is now one of the leading national initiatives working to counter this negative climate, defending the importance of sanctuary, and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities.

The aims of Refugee Week are:

  • To encourage a diverse range of events to be held throughout the UK, which facilitate positive encounters between refugees and the general public in order to encourage greater understanding and overcome hostility
  • To showcase the talent and expertise that refugees bring with them to the UK
  • To explore new and creative ways of addressing the relevant issues and reach beyond the refugee sector
  • To provide information which educates and raises awareness of the reality of refugee experiences

Through Refugee Week Islington Council aims to provide an important opportunity for asylum seekers and refugees to be seen, listened to and valued.

Islington’s Refugee Week events are led by Islington Refugee Forum. Details of this will be advertised in advance of the week.

If you would like to organise an event to mark Refugee Week or support any events planned for the week please contact the Communities Team on partnerships@islington.gov.uk.

World AIDS Day

1 December

World AIDS Day was founded in 1988 and was the first ever global health day. It takes place on 1 December each year. It is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV and to show support for people living with HIV. It’s also to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

There are over 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK and approximately 6,000 people are diagnosed with HIV each year.

The main way people demonstrate their support on World AIDS Day is by wearing a red ribbon. These will be available in our reception areas in Islington’s Area Housing offices on the day. Details of this will be advertised in advance of the day.

If you would like to organise an event to mark World Aids Day or find out more please contact the Communities Team on partnerships@islington.gov.uk.



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