World Religion Day - 17 January

There are many different cultures and religions in the world. The aim of World Religion Day, celebrated on the third Sunday in January every year, is to promote inter-faith understanding and harmony.

Diversity is an essential part of history and humanity. World Religion Day is celebrated every year to endorse this diversity and to build harmony between different religious groups around the world. The day encourages people, no matter what religion, to share their own culture with others but also to learn about and acknowledge the religions and cultures of others. Another key function of the day is to recognise the many similarities that all cultures have.

Religion and the Workplace

It is discrimination to treat a person unfairly because of their religion or belief. Examples of religious discrimination in the workplace could be:

  • dismissal because of a person's religion or belief

  • advertising for job applicants of one religion only

  • discriminatory dress codes such as women only wearing short skirts, or not being allowed to wear sacred items (if this can't be justified on health and safety grounds)

  • making a person work at times that they cannot work because of their religion

  • victimisation and bullying at work because of their religion.

Equality and Diversity

As an employer it is essential that you understand equality and diversity in the workplace and how they relate to one another. Understanding this will help to identify and address issues of unfairness and discrimination in the workplace.

If you are unsure or would like to brush up on your knowledge, we have an Equality, Diversity and Discrimination online training course you can easily access.

Click here for more details.

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