A Time-Saving List of Awareness Days for Non-Profit Social Media Managers

Awareness days

What are they and why do you need them on your social calendar?

An awareness day is a nationally or internationally recognised day, week, or month that celebrates a certain cause, such as Black History Month, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or Mental Health Week.

They’re important to add to your social media calendar because recognising them shows that you’re in touch with what’s happening in the world. It shows you care about more than just your organisation, and that you support the movements related to your cause.

Get creative!

Awareness days are important, but it takes a good few hours to sit down and find out what’s going on, and when.

I wanted to save you some time, so I’ve decided to share my list with you.

It’s categorised by month, so all you need to do is look through it and jot down which days are relevant to you.

When it comes to planning the content for each cause, get creative!

Instead of just publishing a post that says, “Happy International Women’s Day!”, create a gif or a shareable image, or something simple like this video.

Without further adieu, I present to you… a handy list of awareness days for your social media calendar.

Note: these days aren’t necessarily the same date every year, so it’s worth looking them all up again for 2020.


Week commencing 26th January – National Storytelling Week


4th February – World Cancer Day

Week commencing 4th February – Children’s Mental Health Week

Week commencing 11th February – Student volunteering week

14th February – Valentine’s Day


7th March – World Book Day

8th March – International Women’s Day

15th March – World Sleep Day

20th March – First Day of Spring

22nd March – World Water Day

31st March – Mother’s Day


5th April – Walk to Work Day

7th April – World Health Day

Week commencing 29th April – National Stationery Week

22nd April – International Mother Earth Day


7th May – National Teacher’s Day  

Week commencing 13th May – Mental Health Awareness Week

28th May – World Hunger Day


8th June – World Oceans Day

Week commencing 3rd June – Massage at Work Week

14th June – World Blood Donor Day

Week commencing 17th June – Refugee Week

20th June – World Refugee Day

20th June – Nystagmus Awareness Day

Week commencing 21st June – World Wellbeing Week begins

23rd June – International Widow’s Day

Week commencing 24th June – World Food Week

26th June – United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture


7th July – World Chocolate Day

18th July – Nelson Mandela Day

30th July – International Friendship Day/World Friendship Day


31st August – Islamic New Year


Week commencing 3rd September – Zero Waste Week

5th September – International Day of Charity

8th September – International Literacy Day

10th September – World Suicide Prevention Day

21st September – International Day of Peace

22nd September – World Car Free Day

Week commencing  23rd September – International Week of Happiness at Work

Week commencing  23rd September – Recycle Week

25th September – World School Milk Day

27th September – World Tourism Day  


Black History Month

4th October – World Smile Day

5th October – World Teacher’s Day

11th October – International Day of the Girl

16th October – World Food Day

17th October – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

18th October – Anti-Slavery Day


11th November – Anti Bullying Week

13th November – World Kindness Day

19th November – International Men’s Day

20th November – International Children’s Day

25th November – 16th Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

29th November – Black Friday


2nd December – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

5th December – International Volunteers Day

10th December – International Animal Rights Day

10th December – Human Rights Day

18th December – International Migrant Day

31st December – New Year’s Day

Over to you

Have I missed any? Comment below and let me know!


Eman Ismail is a UK-based copywriter and the founder of InkHouse. She works with businesses and non-profits across the world, writing marketing materials and content that increases their exposure and attracts their ideal audience. When she's not writing or delivering copywriting workshops, you'll find her glued to a podcast in the corner of a cosy cafe.

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