|By Marketwired .||
|May 15, 2014 05:00 PM EDT||
PARIS, FRANCE--(Marketwired - May 15, 2014) -
- May 17 has been observed as the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia since 2005
- This year on May 17, demonstrations and acts of solidarity will take place in over 120 countries, linking LGBTI communities and supporters around the world
- 2.8 billion people worldwide live in one of the 81 countries, which still criminalize same-sex acts.
- 4.9 billion people, that's 2/3 of the world's population, have their right to information or expression around sexual and gender diversity systematically censored by the State.
May 17 has grown to be the largest annual celebration of the diversity that exists among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and all those who are stigmatized and discriminated against for not adopting the conventions of the majority in their expressions of sexuality and gender.
This year again, over 1,000 events will happen in over 120 countries. This mobilisation takes place in a context of brutal harshening of anti-homosexuality laws in certain parts of the world, as was witnessed recently in Uganda, Nigeria and Brunei. Our calculations reveal that 2.8 billion people (40% of the world population) live in countries which criminalise same-sex acts.
This year the global mobilisations will focus heavily on freedom of expression and provide a very important opportunity to remind our societies that the expression of one's gender identity is part of the most basic human rights. In many countries, alternative expressions of sexuality and gender are being censored through 'morality' or 'anti-propaganda' laws, with Russia providing the most recent example. 68% of the world's population live in countries which legally restrict the freedom of expression and right to information on the diversities of sexual orientations and gender identities.
Tamara Adrian, Venezuelan lawyer, trans and human rights activist, and chairperson of the IDAHO Committee, says: "There is an urgent need to reaffirm that sexuality and gender are vital expressions of human nature. Not only for sexual and gender minorities, but for everyone." As in previous years, it is anticipated that activists will face threats, intimidation and violence in certain parts of the world. Some events have already had to be cancelled due to public hostility, and interventions on the part of authorities. But increasingly, allies from outside of sexual and gender minorities join their voices to oppose censorship and repression, and May 17 provides a much needed opportunity to demonstrate the support of allies to the cause.
With actions taking place globally in various forms and with the most diverse agendas, ranging from fighting violence against the Nepali Third Gender 'Metis' community to celebrating Brussels' annual LGBT Pride March, May 17 allows us to celebrate just that: the sheer diversity of the global fight for sexual and gender diversities.
For Nevin Öztop, a leading Turkish human rights defender and board member of the IDAHO Committee, "May 17 provides a platform to highlight the diversity of expressions of sexual orientations and gender identities, and to deconstruct the lie that the recognition of this diversity is a 'Western' import. But [the day is] also to express what links all of these together."
Please refer to our website www.dayagainsthomophobia.org for comprehensive information and more facts and figures. Please follow us on www.facebook.com/may17idahot and www.twitter.com/may17IDAHOT. The main hashtag for the global mobilisation is #IDAHOT
Some 2014 Events -- full events listing and information available on the www.dayagainsthomophobia.org site
Speak Out and Speak Up campaign. IFEX, the global network for freedom of expression groups worldwide, in association with Article 19, the IDAHO Committee, Amnesty International and over 150 more organisations, have launched a major Global Call to World Leaders to protect LGBTI Free Expression, which is supported by a global Thunderclap campaign, expected to reach over a million people on the Day.
UN agencies will observe the Day. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will mark the Day with a special address. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will release a special video, focused on LGBT families. UNESCO will be promoting the 'Teach the IDAHO Lesson' education kit, to combat LGBT bullying in schools. UNAIDS director Michel Sidibé will release a video message. Many regional UN offices will hold special events.
Global Inter-faith Prayer Initiative. Gionata, the Italian Project on Faith and Homosexuality, is once again gearing up for a Global Inter-faith Prayer, in partnership with the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups, expecting dozens of events in various countries.
In Russia public actions are expected to take place in at least 11 cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg. This marks the biggest wave of co-ordinated LGBTI rights actions in the country since the federal government enacted laws prohibiting homosexual 'propaganda' in summer 2012. Azerbaijan will see an unprecedented series of events for IDAHOT 2014, with an online participatory art campaign, a sing-in and march for equality. In Ankara, Turkey, an international conference on LGBT rights and freedom of expression will precede the now traditional LGBT street march. Cyprus' first ever LGBT pride parade will be held at the end of a two week festival, which starts on May 17. In Germany, joint 'Rainbowflash' balloon releases will light up at least 6 city skylines. Actions are already announced in more than 30 towns and cities in the United Kingdom, where several members of the national parliament have also tabled a formal welcoming of the Day.
The Philippines will see an influx of events this year, including street parades, musical performances, street theatre and light shows, and many more. Actions will take place in at least seven cities in Indonesia. Highlights in Hong Kong include a candlelight vigil, community picnic, fund-raising night, trans rights awareness raising session and social media campaign.
Plans for May 17 are in the works in all major cities in Brazil, with over 100 events already confirmed, including a major national conference with representatives from the Ministry of Education. Activists will put on a mass kiss-in which will be held outside the National Congress in Paraguay. Venezuela will see a 'March Against Homophobia & Transphobia' in Caracas, where activists are also campaigning for official government recognition of May 17.
For May 17 in Mauritius, community groups are organizing a creative day and art exhibition, as well as a Rainbow Parade. In Cameroon religious and political leaders will come together to discuss homosexuality. An exhibition on human rights violations and a major community event will take place. Aside from diverse events confirmed in Johannesburg and Cape Town, in South Africa, progressive religious groups in the city of Durban are holding an 'IDAHOT 2014 Beach Walk for Freedom of Expression' on May 17.
Organizations from around the United States will come together through the Equality Pledge where community groups will reaffirm their commitment to global solidarity and international human rights discourses through various events that will take place throughout the continental US. Communities in various cities in Australia are gearing up for a big wave of events this year with a global participatory art exhibition on the universal theme of Love.
For more information please contact:
+33 664 71 59 21
(English, French, German)
Ryan Ubuntu Olson
+ 1 303 587-8126
Head of Communications and Outreach
+55 21 2245-6241
As data explodes in quantity, importance and from new sources, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and cloud environments grow with it. Managing data includes protecting it, indexing and classifying it for true, long-term management, compliance and E-Discovery. Commvault can ensure this with a single pane of glass solution – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enter...
Oct. 23, 2016 02:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,351
SYS-CON Events announced today that Transparent Cloud Computing (T-Cloud) Consortium will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The Transparent Cloud Computing Consortium (T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data proces...
Oct. 23, 2016 02:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,300
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cemware will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Use MATLAB functions by just visiting website mathfreeon.com. MATLAB compatible, freely usable, online platform services. As of October 2016, 80,000 users from 180 countries are enjoying our platform service.
Oct. 23, 2016 02:15 PM EDT Reads: 752
Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & ...
Oct. 23, 2016 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 4,433
Major trends and emerging technologies – from virtual reality and IoT, to Big Data and algorithms – are helping organizations innovate in the digital era. However, to create real business value, IT must think beyond the ‘what’ of digital transformation to the ‘how’ to harness emerging trends, innovation and disruption. Architecture is the key that underpins and ties all these efforts together. In the digital age, it’s important to invest in architecture, extend the enterprise footprint to the cl...
Oct. 23, 2016 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,777
Governments around the world are adopting Safe Harbor privacy provisions to protect customer data from leaving sovereign territories. Increasingly, global companies are required to create new instances of their server clusters in multiple countries to keep abreast of these new Safe Harbor laws. Is it worth it? In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Adam Rogers, Managing Director of Anexia, Inc., will discuss how to keep your data legal and still stay in business.
Oct. 23, 2016 12:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,423
SYS-CON Events announced today that MathFreeOn will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MathFreeOn is Software as a Service (SaaS) used in Engineering and Math education. Write scripts and solve math problems online. MathFreeOn provides online courses for beginners or amateurs who have difficulties in writing scripts. In accordance with various mathematical topics, there are more tha...
Oct. 23, 2016 12:45 PM EDT Reads: 970
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
Oct. 23, 2016 12:30 PM EDT Reads: 4,501
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential Internet of Things Brand by Onalytica in the ‘The Internet of Things Landscape 2015: Top 100 Individuals and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed Twitter conversations around the #IoT debate to uncover the most influential brands and individuals driving the conversation. Onalytica captured data from 56,224 users. The PageRank based methodology they use to extract influencers on a particular topic (tweets mentioning #InternetofThings or #IoT in this ...
Oct. 23, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 8,345
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential M2M Brand by Onalytica in the ‘Machine to Machine: Top 100 Influencers and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed the online debate on M2M by looking at over 85,000 tweets to provide the most influential individuals and brands that drive the discussion. According to Onalytica the "analysis showed a very engaged community with a lot of interactive tweets. The M2M discussion seems to be more fragmented and driven by some of the major brands present in the...
Oct. 23, 2016 11:30 AM EDT Reads: 11,319
Successful transition from traditional IT to cloud computing requires three key ingredients: an IT architecture that allows companies to extend their internal best practices to the cloud, a cost point that allows economies of scale, and automated processes that manage risk exposure and maintain regulatory compliance with industry regulations (FFIEC, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, FISMA). The unique combination of VMware, the IBM Cloud, and Cloud Raxak, a 2016 Gartner Cool Vendor in IT Automation, provides a co...
Oct. 23, 2016 11:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,179
In the next forty months – just over three years – businesses will undergo extraordinary changes. The exponential growth of digitization and machine learning will see a step function change in how businesses create value, satisfy customers, and outperform their competition. In the next forty months companies will take the actions that will see them get to the next level of the game called Capitalism. Or they won’t – game over. The winners of today and tomorrow think differently, follow different...
Oct. 23, 2016 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 935
In an era of historic innovation fueled by unprecedented access to data and technology, the low cost and risk of entering new markets has leveled the playing field for business. Today, any ambitious innovator can easily introduce a new application or product that can reinvent business models and transform the client experience. In their Day 2 Keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Mercer Rowe, IBM Vice President of Strategic Alliances, and Raejeanne Skillern, Intel Vice President of Data Center Group and ...
Oct. 23, 2016 10:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,460
"Avere Systems is a hybrid cloud solution provider. We have customers that want to use cloud storage and we have customers that want to take advantage of cloud compute," explained Rebecca Thompson, VP of Marketing at Avere Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Oct. 23, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,006
Apache Hadoop is a key technology for gaining business insights from your Big Data, but the penetration into enterprises is shockingly low. In fact, Apache Hadoop and Big Data proponents recognize that this technology has not yet achieved its game-changing business potential. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, John Mertic, director of program management for ODPi at The Linux Foundation, will explain why this is, how we can work together as an open data community to increase adoption, and the i...
Oct. 23, 2016 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,882