Equalities events

As part of our commitment to equalities, we support 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 our website and social media channels.

If you have any queries about equalities events, contact equality@wandsworth.gov.uk.

Calendar of equalities events
Date Event
27 January Holocaust Memorial Day
February LGBT History Month
8 March International Women's Day
17 May International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (and Transgender Day of Remembrance)
June Refugee Week
23 August International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
October Black History Month (and Windrush Day)
November Inter Faith Week
Tuesday 1 December World AIDS Day
Thursday 3 December  International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Tuesday 12 November Purple Tuesday 2019

Many events are held in the boroughs libraries and other locations. Find out more about other equality events in Wandsworth's libraries.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Date: 27 January

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place each year on 27 January, which marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. It is now a day to remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, the millions of people killed under Nazi persecution and also in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, 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.

We support the Wimbledon and District Synagogue in its yearly event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Details of events will be advertised in advance.

Information on national and local events can be found on the Holocaust Memorial Trust website.

LGBT History Month

Date: 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 and the achievements and contributions of LGBT communities to Wandsworth.

Details of events will be advertised in advance of the month.

Information on national and local events can be found on the LGBT History Month website.

International Women's Day

Date: 8 March

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

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

Details of events will be advertised in advance of the day.

Information on national and local events can be found on the International Women's Day website.

International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Date: 17 May

International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (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 us, it is about working with our partners, residents and communities to raise awareness and show solidarity in denouncing the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI communities.

Details of events will be advertised in advance of the day.

Information on the day can be found on the May 17 website.

International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Date: 20 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.

Refugee Week

Date: June

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

It 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 began 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.

Refugee Week aims 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
  • Showcase the talent and expertise that refugees bring with them to the UK
  • Explore new and creative ways of addressing the relevant issues and reach beyond the refugee sector
  • Provide information which educates and raises awareness of the reality of refugee experiences

Details of events will be advertised in advance of the month.

Information on national and local events can be found on the Refugee Week website.

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition​

The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic), saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. It is against this background that the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is commemorated on 23 August each year. This international day is intended to inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples.

Details of events will be advertised in advance of the day.

Information on national and local events can be found on the UNESCO website.

Black History Month

Date: 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 people of African origin have made to the growth and strengthening of civilisations from antiquity to the present.

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

There are many events throughout Black History Month which provide 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 and details will be advertised in advance. Council events are often held in local libraries or council-owned buildings.

You can search what events are on both nationally and locally on the Black History Month 365 website.

Windrush Day

Date: 22 June

On 22 June every year, the UK celebrates Windrush Day to honour the British Caribbean community. The observance was first introduced in 2018.

Details of local and national Windrush Day events can be found on the Windrush Day website.

Inter Faith Week

Date: November

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

Inter Faith 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.

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

Wandsworth's Inter Faith Week is led by the Wandsworth Multi-Faith Group. Details of events will be advertised in advance.

You can search for local and national events on the Inter Faith Week website.

World AIDS Day

Date: 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 and is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV and to show support for people living with HIV. World AIDS Day also commemorates those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. The main way people demonstrate their support on World AIDS Day is by wearing a red ribbon.

Details of events will be advertised in advance of the month.

Information on national and local events can be found on the World AIDS Day website.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Date: 3 December

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

It 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 events will be advertised in advance of the day.

Information on the day can be found on the UN website.

Purple Tuesday 2019

Purple Tuesday 2019 is an international call to action, focused on changing the customer experience for disabled people. It will involve organisations of all sizes and from all sectors taking decisive, practical actions to meet the needs of disabled customers. It is about creating a step change improvement in the awareness of the value and needs of disabled customers and about making the customer experience accessible. Participating organisations will make public commitments (a minimum of one new activity or initiative) to ensure sustainable changes are made. For organisations, this will result in the opening up of products and services to the disability market.

For more information on Purple Tuesday.