The IDEAs Council is highlighting three topics in July, International Non-Binary People’s Day, Nelson Mandela Remembrance Day and National Disability Independence Day. This range of topics shows us just how important July is to learning about diversity, equity and inclusion and championing the achievements of those who continually break down barriers.
International Non-Binary People’s Day
July 14 is International Non-Binary People’s Day, a day to celebrate and raise awareness about the diversity of gender identities and expressions. Non-binary is a term used to describe people who do not identify as solely male or female and may identify as a gender outside of the gender binary.
Non-binary people have existed throughout history and across cultures, but it is only in recent years that there has been more visibility and acceptance of non-binary identities. Despite this progress, non-binary people still face discrimination and prejudice and often struggle to have their identities recognized and respected by society.
International Non-Binary People’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of gender identities and expressions, and to raise awareness about the unique challenges and experiences of non-binary people. It is also a day to educate ourselves and others about non-binary identities and to work toward creating a more inclusive and supportive society for all gender identities and expressions. By acknowledging and celebrating the diversity of gender, we can create a world where everyone can express their true selves and live their lives to the fullest.
Nelson Mandela Remembrance Day
July 18 is Nelson Mandela Remembrance Day, a day to honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and statesman. Mandela is best known for his role in the struggle against apartheid, the system of racial segregation that was in place in South Africa from 1948 to 1994.
Mandela was born in 1918 in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. He became involved in the anti-apartheid movement at a young age and was a founder of the Youth League of the African National Congress (ANC), a political party that was at the forefront of the struggle against apartheid. In 1964, Mandela was arrested and sentenced to life in prison for his role in the ANC’s efforts to overthrow the apartheid government. But In 1990, Mandela was released from prison and went on to become the first black President of South Africa in 1994. During his presidency, Mandela worked to promote reconciliation and forgiveness between South Africa’s different racial groups, and he played a key role in the country’s transition to a multi-racial democracy.
Nelson Mandela Remembrance Day is a day to celebrate Mandela’s life and legacy and to honor his contributions to the struggle against apartheid and the fight for human rights and social justice. Mandela’s message of hope and reconciliation continues to inspire people around the world to work toward a more peaceful and just society.
National Disability Independence Day
July 26 is National Disability Independence Day, a day to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disabilities and to raise awareness about the challenges that they continue to face.
People with disabilities make up a significant portion of the population and have a diverse range of abilities and experiences. Despite their many talents and contributions, people with disabilities often face barriers and discrimination that can limit their ability to fully participate in society.
National Disability Independence Day is an opportunity to celebrate the progress that has been made toward disability rights and inclusion, and to acknowledge the work that still needs to be done. On this day, it is important to educate ourselves and others about disability rights and issues and to work toward creating a more inclusive and accessible society for all. By embracing diversity and supporting the rights of people with disabilities, we can create a world where everyone can reach their full potential.