March International Days

This is by far the biggest month of International Days according to the UN. Unfortunately, I don’t actually have books for all of them. Nevertheless, let’s check them out.

1 March

Zero Discrimination Day  [UNAIDS]

Here are my Top Ten books about discrimination:

3 March

World Wildlife Day  (A/RES/68/205)

Two recommendations for World Wildlife are:

8 March

International Women’s Day

While a part of me wants to just invite you to peruse the entire index of my posts, I’ll give Top Ten recommendations for this day anyway. These are collections that commemorate women’s progress and contributions:

  1. Hidden Figures
  2. When Women Ruled the World
  3. Headstrong
  4. Inferior
  5. The Secret History of the Mongol Queens
  6. Rad American Women/Rad Women Worldwide
  7. Wonder Women
  8. Corsets to Camoflauge
  9. America’s Women
  10. Girls Think of Everything

20 March

International Day of Happiness  (A/RES/66/281)

For my top five happiest memoirs click here.

20 March

French Language Day (French)

I am not sure about this one…. I do have a book that was originally written in French and translated into English!!

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

21 March

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination  (A/RES/2142 (XXI))

Okay so up top there was Zero Discrimination Day and some of those involved racial discrimination (The New Jim Crow and Reimagining Equality), but here are five more to add:

21 March

World Poetry Day (UNESCO 30 C/Resolution 29)

There are so many great poetry books out there…

Here are my favorites:

21 March

International Day of Nowruz  (A/RES/64/253)

This looks like a great celebration! I’ve never read about it in one of my books but the link does have a description and it’s a holiday celebrating the beginning of spring and traditionally celebrated in several countries.

21 March

World Down Syndrome Day  (A/RES/66/149

Unfortunately, I have also not read any books with major characters with Down Syndrome or that are about Down Syndrome either. Gonna have to rectify that. Any suggestions out there?

21 March

International Day of Forests  (A/RES/67/200)

I do have some book that take place in the forest to some extent….

I recognize that it’s not the intent of celebrating this day to simply read a little fiction set there, but fiction also allows us to imagine places we have not been and live in ways we have not lived and therefore cherish things we’ve never touched. So, these are my top 5 books that have forest elements:

If you’re looking for some non-fiction, check out A Reason for Hope or Unbowed.

22 March

World Water Day  (A/RES/47/193)

Likewise, these are the novels I’ve read with major water elements:

23 March

World Meteorological Day  [WMO] (WMO/EC-XII/Res.6)

So…. nothing on meterology…

24 March

World Tuberculosis Day  [WHO]  

Or TB…

24 March

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims  (A/RES/65/196)

These are my top 10 books that discuss gross human rights violations:

25 March

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade  (A/RES/62/122)

I know I already listed The Narrative of Sojourner Truth up there, but it’s still applicable in this list. There are a few more that I would recommend reading for this:

I’ve been captivated by these stories that have come out of the remembrance of the transatlantic slave trade.

25 March

International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members

Unfortunately, I don’t have anything on this one either.

It’s quite a busy month full of commemorations and there are lots of books to available to dive into these subjects.

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