Theme 2016: ICT entrepreneurship for social impactThe 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.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Information_Society_Dayfor 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.