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Notable International and National Human Rights Events for the Month

Information from a calendar of annual human rights observances on the Morgantown City website.

LGBT History Month
Marks and celebrates the lives and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United States.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
A time for celebrating the strength of battered women and their children and for connecting those working to end violence against women and children.

National Crime Prevention Month
Special awareness for the practice of crime prevention as well as victimization, volunteerism, and the need to create safer more connected neighborhoods and communities.

October 1 - International Day of Older Persons
Appreciates the contributions which older persons in diverse situations make to their communities and recognizes the need for opportunities for willing and capable persons of advanced age to participate in and be celebrated for their action in society.

October 12 - Indigenous People Day (Native American Day)
Celebrates and honors Native American history and culture.

October 15 - World Food Day
A day for awareness of the need for greater equity in access to food production and distribution locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

October 17 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Call to action for the eradication of poverty and destitution worldwide.

Diversity Holidays for the Month

Information from Diversity Resources.

October: Global Diversity Awareness Month
Promotes knowledge of and respect for different cultures.

October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Advocates for people with disabilities, and their full inclusion in the workforce.

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October: National Polish-American Heritage Month

October 10: People with Disabilities - World Mental Health Day
Promotes mental health education and awareness, and advocacy against social stigma.

October 11: United States - Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Celebrates the indigenous peoples of North America.

October 21: LGBTQ+ -  Spirit Day
Observers wear purple to support LGBTQ youth and prevent bullying.