SPECIAL DAYS - 2019 March

March 1

Zero Discrimination Day is observed on March 1
Zero Discrimination Day is observed on 1st March. It is an annual day celebrated by the UN and other international organizations.
The day was first celebrated on March 1, 2014, and was launched by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on 27 February of that year with a major event in Beijing.
On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS calls on countries to examine discriminatory provisions in their laws and policies and make positive changes to ensure equality, inclusion and protection.
Themeof Zero Discrimination Day 2019 is “act to change laws that discriminate”.
2. World Civil Defence Day is Observed on March 1
World Civil Defence Day is observed on 1st March. It is celebrated by International Civil Defence Organization (ICDO).
It aims to protect the citizens of a state from military attacks and natural disasters.
Theme of World Civil Defence Day 2019 is “Children’s Safety, Our Responsibility”.

March 3

World Wild Life Day is celebrated on March 3
On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, which was proposed by Thailand, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora.
In its resolution, the General Assembly reaffirmed the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions, including ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic, to sustainable development and human well-being.
The theme for World Wildlife Day 2019 is “Life below water: for people and planet”
World Hearing Day is Observed on March 3
World Hearing Day is a campaign held each year by Office of Prevention of Blindness and Deafness of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Activities take place across the globe and an event is hosted at the World Health Organization on March 3rd.
The campaign's objective is to share information and promote actions towards the prevention of hearing loss and improved hearing care.
Theme for World Hearing Day 2019 is “Check your hearing”.

March 4

World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation observed on March 4.
The World Day of Fight against Sexual Exploitation is observed on March 4 every year. It aims to spread awareness about the prevalent sexual exploitation, largely among women and children.
Sexual assault statistics:
Around 35% of women worldwide sexual violence by a non-partner atleast once in their lives.
Adult women comprise 51 per cent of all human trafficking victims globally. Women and girls together comprise 71 per cent, with girls representing nearly three out of every four child trafficking victims. Nearly three out of every four trafficked women and girls are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

National Security Day: 4th March
Every year, National Security Day also known as RashtriyaSurakshaDiwas was celebrated on 4th March to praise the work of security forces such as army officers, para-military, policemen and commandos.
First National Security Day was celebrated in 1972 and 48th National Security Day was celebrated this year.

National Safety Day: 4th March
In India, National Safety Day (NSC) is observed on 4th March every year by National Safety Council of India. This day is celebrated to make every people safe from issues like Financial Loss, Health problems and environmental problems.NSC was set up on 4th March 1966 by Ministry of Labour, GOI.
The day was initiated in 1972 as a commemoration to the Foundation Day of the National Safety Council (NSC).
Started for a single day on 4th March as NSD, the Campaign converted into week long event as National Saefty Week (NSW) from 4-11 March.
Theme – Cultivate and Sustain a safety culture for building nation

March 7

March 7 to be observed as “Janaushadhi Diwas” all over India
The Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make affordable and quality generic medicines popular among the people. The Government aims to have atleast 1 PMBJP Kendra in each block of the country by 2020.
About 10-15 lakh people benefit from Janaushadhi medicines per day.
The PMBJP scheme has led to total savings of approximately Rs 1000 crores for common citizens, as these medicines are cheaper by 50% to 90% of the average market price.
Shri Mandaviya, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers said that with developments like more and more doctors prescribing generic medicines and opening of over 5050 Janaushadhi stores across 652 districts.

March 8

International Women's Day (IWD) (March 8th)
International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year-an occasion to celebrate the progress made by women in all walks of life.
The 2019 theme is ''Balance for Better'', encouraging everyone to share responsibility through collective action for driving a gender-balanced world.
The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.
IWD was adopted by the UN in 1977.

March 10

President Kovind launches Pulse Polio programme for 2019 at Rashtrapati Bhawan
President Ram Nath Kovind launched the Pulse Polio programme for 2019 on March 9th by administering polio drops to children below five years at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi on the eve of National Immunization Day, which is observed on march 10.
More than 17 crore children below five years across the country will be given polio drops as part of the central government's drive to sustain polio eradication from the country.
The government has also introduced the injectable inactivated polio vaccine in the routine immunization programme
Mission Indradhanush has also launched by the Government to achieve more than 90 per cent immunization coverage
Over 3.39 crore children and 87 lakh pregnant women have been vaccinated through the Mission Indradhanush drives.
Strengthening of immunization programme has contributed significantly to the decline of Infant Mortality Rate from 39 in 2014 to 32 per 1,000 live births in 2017.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Observed annually on March 10th, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a day to empower people everywhere with knowledge and information regarding this disease and the often overlooked impact that it has on women and girls.
Some of the action that is taken on this day is:
Educating women and girls how to prevent HIV/AIDS
Providing services to those living with the disease
Doing whatever it takes to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS

March 12

March 12: "World Day Against Cyber-Censorship"
The World Day Against Cyber-Censorship is celebrates every year on 12 March.
The day was Reporters without Borders annual online rally intended to draw attention to the ways that governments around the world are deterring and censoring free speech online.
The day was first observed on 12 March 2008 at the request of Reporters without Borders and Amnesty International.

PM Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on 89th anniversary of Dandi March.
On the 89th anniversary of the historic Dandi March, which was led by Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister along with other leaders paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
Dandi March or Salt March was started on March 12 in the year 1930 led by Mahatma Gandhi from Sabarmati Ashram to the village of Dandi in the state's coastal area to protest against the steep tax the British levied on salt.

March 13

March 13: World Rotaract Day
World Rotaract Day is observed on March 13 every year to recognize the services offered by the Rotaractors throughout the World.
Rotaract originally began as a Rotary International youth program in 1968 at Charlotte North Rotary Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States.
Now it has transformed into a major Rotary-sponsored organization with more than 9,539 clubs spread around the world and 291,006 members.
"Rotaract" stands for "Rotary in Action.

March 14

World Kidney Day 2019 on March 14
World Kidney Day (WKD) is an annual global awareness and education event, held on the second Thursday in March every year.
The mission of World Kidney Day is to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.
The theme for World Kidney Day 2019 is Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere.
Globally, 850 million people are estimated to have kidney diseases from various causes like Chronic kidney diseases (CKD) cause at least 2.4 million deaths per year and are now the 6th fastest growing cause of death.
Around 1.7 million people are estimated to die annually because of Acute kidney injury.
International Pi π Day – March 14, 2019
International Pi Day is an annual celebration of the Mathematical constant π (pi) is observed on March 14 (3/14 in the month/day format).
Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
Larry Shaw was the first organizer of Pi Day celebration at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
No Smoking Day
No Smoking Day is observed every year on the second Wednesday of March.
The main purpose of this day is to spread awareness about the harmful health effects of tobacco consumption through cigarette and other modes.
No Smoking Day awareness movement was first started in 1984 in the United Kingdom on the day of Ash Wednesday and since then it has been an annual celebration event and try to save people from the harmful effects of smoking.
India adapted the WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (FCTC) and passed the “Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce Production, Supply and Distribution)” Act in 2003.
The 22nd annual International Day of Action for Rivers
International Day of Action for Rivers annually celebrates on March 14.
International Day of Action for Rivers aims to raise public awareness of destructive water development projects, health and sustainable management of the watersheds.
International Day of Action for Rivers was observed for the first time in 1998.
2019 Day of Action for Rivers theme is in celebration of the role of women in protecting and managing our rivers.

March 15

World Consumer Rights Day 2019
World Consumer Rights Day is celebrated on March 15 each year to spread awareness regarding consumer rights.
Celebrating consumers day is a way to protect the rights of consumers and to ensure that they are not subjected to market abuse or social injustice that may undermine their rights.
The theme for 'World Consumers Right Day 2019' is 'Trusted Smart Products'.
The day was inspired by former president John F Kennedy, when he formally addressed the issue of consumer rights back in 1962. The first consumer movement was started in 1983.

World Sleep Day 2019
World Sleep Day, observed on 15 March, is intended to highlight the importance of sleep.
It is a call to action on crucial elements related to sleep, which include medication for sleep, education to increase awareness and social aspects.
It is organised by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society (founded by WASM and WSF) and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.

March 16

National Vaccination Day: 16th March
Every year on the 16th of March, India observes National Vaccination Day. The day is also known as National Immunization Day.
The prime purpose behind celebration of National Vaccination Day is to make all people aware of arming against polio and eradicating it completely from the world.
Through vaccination, a long list of preventive infectious diseases can be prevented, some of which are polio, measles, small pox, and tetanus, among others.
The first dose of oral vaccine against polio was given in India was on March 16, 1995.

March 18

National Ordinance Factories Day: March 18
The National Ordnance Factories Day is observed across India on 18 March annually to commemorate the production of the first Ordnance Factory of India.
The oldest Ordnance Factory of India is located at Cossipore, Kolkata was commenced on 18th March 1802.
The day was declared on the 200th anniversary of the first ordnance factory.
This day is commemorated by the display of guns, ammunition, rifles, artillery etc in exhibitions across India.
The Ordnance Factories Board is popularly called as the country’s “Fourth arm of Defense”. The remaining three arms are the Navy, the Air Force and the Army.
Aim of the ordnance factories is to generate self-sufficiency in the production of defense and to create awareness about the ammunition and arms among the general public.

Global Recycling Day 2019 on March 18
For the second consecutive year The Global Recycling Day 2019 observed on March 18.
The Global Recycling Foundation was formed in October 2018 by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), Brussels.
The day object to support the promotion of recycling, and the recycling industry, across the world in order to showcase its vital role in preserving the future of the planet.
Due to the success of Global Recycling Day 2018 with more than 13 million people across the world taking part in celebrations.
Theme for the The Global Recycling Day 2019 is “Recycling into the Future”