Learn more about the international days celebrated by IFA in 2022.

30 January
World Fistball Day #WorldFistballDay #WFD2023

In 2020 IFA decided to celebrate IFA´s birthday on 30 January as World Fistball Day every year with activities and initiatives to promote the sport of Fistball.

8 March
International Women’s Day #IWD2023 #ChooseToChallenge

Collective action and shared ownership for driving gender parity is what makes International Women’s Day successful.

The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights
More: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

6 April
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace #WhiteCard

Sport has the power to change the world; it is a fundamental right, a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and promote sustainable development and peace and well as solidarity, and respect. Through our unique individual skills and collective power, we can come together and share creative ways to improve our health and well-being through sport and physical activity.
This day is commemorated globally each year by international, regional, national sport and develop-ment organizations to honor the role that sport plays in society, whether by encouraging healthier life-styles, making sport more widely accessible or using it as a vehicle for development in areas made vulnerable by conflict, poverty and inequality. Since 2014 the Peace and Sport Foundation developed the #WhiteCard Campaign as a sign of your commitment to peace efforts worldwide. IFA supports this campaign since many years.

10 April
Play True Day #PlayTrue #PlaySafe #PlayTrueDay

Since 2014, in April of every year, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the anti-doping community worldwide have celebrated ‘Play True Day’ – a day that is dedicated to Clean Sport and is intended to raise awareness among athletes, the sporting public and others about the importance of protecting Clean Sport.

5 June
World Environment Day #WorldEnvironmentDay #ForNature

World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on 5 June to engage governments, businesses and citizens to focus their efforts on environmental issue.
More: https://www.un.org/en/observances/environment-day

23 June
Olympic Day #OlympicDay

Over the last 20 years Olympic Day has been associated with Olympic Day Runs all over the world. Olympic Day is nowadays developing into much more than a run or just a sports event. Based on the three pillars “move”, “learn” and “discover”, National Olympic Committees and the International Federations are deploying sports, cultural and educational activities which address everybody – regardless age, gender, social background or sporting ability. Some countries have incorporated the event into the school curriculum and, in recent years, many NOCs have added concerts and exhibitions to the celebration. Recent NOC activities have included meetings for children and young people with top athletes and the development of new web sites directing people to programmes in their neighbourhood. This makes it easier for everybody to become part of Olympic Day.
More: https://www.olympic.org/olympic-day

12 August
International Youth Day #IYD2022

International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August. The UN selects a theme for the day. The Programme encourages youth around the world to organize activities to raise awareness about the situation of youth in their country.
More: https://www.un.org/development/desa/youth/what-we-do/international-youth-day.html

7 September
World Fair Play Day #FairPlay

The World Fair Play Day is a sports initiative designed to promote fair play and Ethical Values in sport. Everyone in sport both on and off the pitch is invited to highlight fair play initiatives, projects and successes every year on this date.
More: https://worldfairplayday.org/

20 September
Weltkindertag (only AUT & GER)

The Children’s Day is intended to draw attention to the rights and needs of children.
The official date of World Children’s Day in Germany and Austria is September 20. In many cities, large events are held in which children are the focus.
In over 40 countries, including China, the USA and many countries in Eastern Europe, June 1 is International Children’s Day. In Germany, people celebrate both days, with June 1 increasingly being considered the official Children’s Day in the eastern part of the country.
More: see World Children’s Day on 20 November (when the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted on this day in 1989)

5 October
World Teachers’ Day #sportdiversity

Held annually since 1994, on the World Teachers’ Day we would like to say #thankyou to all the Physical Education teachers who also teach/try Fistball in PE classes.
More: https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldteachersday

24 October
United Nations Day #UNDay

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.
There is no other global organization with the legitimacy, convening power and normative impact of the United Nations. Today, the urgency for all countries to come together, to fulfil the promise of the nations united, has rarely been greater.
24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.
More: https://www.un.org/en/observances/un-day

20 November
World Children’s Day #WorldChildrensDay

World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s annual day of action for children, by children. Plan to Protect our Children:
– Ensure all children learn, including by closing the digital divide.
– Guarantee access to health and nutrition services, and make vaccines affordable and available to every child.
– Support and protect the mental health of children and young people and bring an end to abuse, gender-based violence, and neglect in childhood.
– Increase access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene and address environmental degradation and climate change.
– Reverse the rise in child poverty and ensure an inclusive recovery for all.
– Redouble efforts to protect and support children and their families living through conflict, disaster and displacement.
More: https://www.unicef.org/world-childrens-day

25 November
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women #GenerationEquality #orangetheworld

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.
This is the Shadow Pandemic growing amidst the COVID-19 crisis and we need a global collective effort to stop it. As COVID-19 cases continue to strain health services, essential services, such as domestic violence shelters and helplines, have reached capacity. More needs to be done to prioritize addressing violence against women in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
More: https://www.un.org/en/observances/ending-violence-against-women-day

3 December
International Day of Persons with Disabilities #IDPD

Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security. It is also central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind. The commitment to realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is not only a matter of justice; it is an investment in a common future.
According to the WHO World Report on Disability, 15 per cent of the world’s population, or more than 1 billion people, are living with disability.
The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992.
More: https://www.un.org/en/observances/day-of-persons-with-disabilities

5 December
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development #IVD

International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work.
Thank you all volunteers within Fistball or other fields!
More: https://www.un.org/en/observances/volunteer-day