Saturday, May 14, 2016

May 17 on an Awareness Battle

ICT entrepreneurs and start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a particularly relevant role in ensuring economic growth in a sustainable and inclusive manner. Involved in the development of innovative ICT-enabled solutions with a unique potential to make a long-lasting impact in global, regional and national economies and as an important source of new jobs, especially for youth, in the current knowledge economy, they join counterparts across the globe to mark World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD-2016) with focus on the theme: “ICT entrepreneurship for social impact”

Theme 2016: ICT entrepreneurship for social impact

The theme for WTISD-16 is in line with ITU’s work in unlocking the potential of ICTs for young innovators and entrepreneurs, innovative SMEs, start-ups and technology hubs as drivers of innovative and practical solutions for catalysing progress in achieving international sustainable development goals, with a focus on SMEs from developing countries. more details on the annual commemoration every May 17. 

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to this issue, is also marked on May 17.
recent findings reveal that, in almost 80 countries around the world, loving someone of the same sex is still considered illegal, and in many more countries still, citizens are denied their right to live according to their preferred gender identity. Reports hold that legal discriminations, social homophobia and transphobia  deny millions of people across the world their basic human dignity. 

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to this issue. The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. 

Everyone can take advantage of the day to take action against injustice served persons with Homophobia and Transphobia. The day  is now celebrated in more than 100 countries, in all world regions and in places as diverse as Australia, Iran, Cameroon or Albania. It has received official recognition from several States and such international institutions as the European Parliament, and by countless local authorities. Most United Nations agencies also mark the Day with specific events.

LGBTI organizations, governments, cities, human rights organizations, corporations and celebrities have all taken action on May 17th to:

◦Draw media attention to the issue of homophobia and transphobia
◦Organise events which mobilize public opinion
◦Demand attention from policymakers and engage in lobbying activities
◦Network with like-minded organizations and develop new partnerships, at home or beyond
◦Mobilize existing constituencies and address new audiences 

What do you intend to do in your community?

Suffering rejection of course can subject one to stress which is an open door to heart related diseases, one of which is marked on May 17 as well. 'Know your numbers' with the goal of increasing high blood pressure awareness in all populations across the globe, is this year's slogan for World Hypertension Day.

Knowing your pressure is a cost effective way of preventing the life ravaging disease that knows no age.

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