10 March 2012
The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia will be celebrated on 17 May 2012, the eigth year of this international campaign.
Like every year, the “IDAHO” (as it is usually called), will see initiatives take place in many countries and on many different issues. These activities are intended to send a strong signal to all, decisions makers, public opinion, civil rights movements, human rights defenders, throughout the world that the fight for our Rights as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, etc… is alive!
For a number of years the CWU has been at the forefront of campaigning on this issue. Previously we have seen our Union organising visible protests outside those foreign embassies that have homophobia polices, suc as Indian and Iranian Embassies.
The Day has been officially recognised by Mexico, Costa Rica, France, United Kingdom, Belgium, the European Parliament, and the list keeps getting longer every year.
There are still 77 countries where being gay is a crime and many religious movements perpetuate the negative connotations demonstrating the harsh world that many gay people have to suffer while trying to lead a 'normal' life. In some countries people dare not show their face, as the likely consequence will be a severe beating or even worse.
The CWU has also announced its first IDAHO weekend. The weekend school will obviously focus on IDAHO issues but it will also be an opportunity for those attending to learn the skills required to gain more confidence when dealing with union issues.
The course will commence on the afternoon of Friday 18 May 2012, through to the Sunday morning. For any enquiries please contact the CWU Equality Department. Email Dionne Gittens: DGittens@cwu.org.