BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Black History Month is the annual celebration and commemoration of moments in history, achievements and contributions that black people have made.
First brought to the UK in the 1980s, Black History Month was initially introduced to the country by a member of the Greater London Council, Akyaaba Addai Sebo. Since 1987, Black History Month has been celebrated annually in the UK, to eradicate discrimination and encourage racial equality.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”— Martin Luther King
Studies revealed that 60% of black professionals still experience racism in the workplace, so a key motivator behind Black History Month is to highlight how people from such communities have made pivotal contributions to society.
It has also been reported that 25% of people find that assumptions are made about their abilities, character or behaviour due to their race. Such statistics emphasise the importance of this event, as it brings to light how black people are both uncredited in our history books and undervalued in the workplace.
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of this complex disease and fund research into its causes, treatment, and cure.
Since 1985, individuals, businesses, and communities have come together every October to show their support for the many people affected by breast cancer. There are around 55,900 new breast cancer cases in the UK every year, that’s more than 150 every day. According to Breast Cancer Now, over a third (39%) of women in the UK do not check their breasts regularly for potential signs of breast cancer.
It is often called ‘Pink October’ as people around the world adopt the pink colour and display a pink ribbon, raising money for cancer research and awareness of the importance of screening for the early diagnosis of breast cancer.
This October will help highlight ways you can get active to reduce your risk. At least 30% of breast cancer cases are preventable. By making changes to your lifestyle you can significantly reduce your risk of getting breast cancer.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
Domestic Violence Awareness Month is designed to unify women and men all across the world who have been victims of domestic violence
Domestic Violence Awareness Month has been created to bring domestic violence to the forefront of people’s minds.
It is a problem across every status, culture, religion, and race. There are many different forms of domestic violence as well, which is why raising awareness is so critical.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month calls upon communities and advocacy organisations across the country to connect with the public and one another throughout the month. It raises awareness about the signs of abuse and ways to stop it, and to uplift survivor stories and provide additional resources to leaders and policymakers.
WORLD VEGETARIAN DAY – 1st October 2023
Did you know that approximately 10% of the world’s population is vegetarian, and that India has the lowest per capita meat consumption in the world? October 1st is National Vegetarian Day, a day to recognise that more people are leaving meat behind and leaning into a more plant-based approach. We celebrate the benefits of being a vegetarian and aim to raise awareness about saving animals‚ lives, and helping to preserve the Earth.