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Published 28 September 2023

International Day for Universal Access to Information, observed on September 28th each year, is a day to promote and celebrate the importance of access to information as a fundamental right. 

Here are nine ways you can celebrate this day:
  • Raise Awareness: Share information about the significance of universal access to information on social media platforms and through other communication channels. Use hashtags like #AccessToInfoDay to reach a broader audience.

  • Advocate for Transparency: Encourage organisations to be more transparent by sharing information that should be accessible to the public. Support and advocate for initiatives that work toward greater transparency, accountability, education and access. 

  • Share Firstport: It's a disability information and advice accessibility highway and the more New Zealanders who know about it, the more accessible support and information can become to our community. We'd love it if you support our mission by sharing Firstport with friends and whānau. 
  • Use Information Responsibly: Encourage responsible use of information by promoting media literacy, fact-checking, and critical thinking skills. Combat misinformation and disinformation.

  • Support Access to Education: Education is closely linked to access to information. Promote initiatives that increase access to quality education, especially for marginalised communities.

  • Support Freedom of the Press: Recognise the importance of a free and independent media in ensuring access to information. Support media organisations that uphold journalistic integrity.

  • Share Stories: Share personal stories or anecdotes about how access to information has made a positive impact on your life or your community.

  • Engage with Technology: Explore how technology can enhance access to information, especially in underserved areas. Support initiatives that bridge the digital divide.

  • Promote Inclusivity: Advocate for accessibility in information dissemination, making sure that information is available in formats accessible to people with disabilities.

Remember that the celebration of International Day for Universal Access to Information is not just limited to one day. It's an ongoing effort to promote transparency, accountability, and the right to access information for all members of society.