Πέμπτη, 8 Μαρτίου 2012

International Women's Day celebrated.

LGBT activists join celebrities, politicians and women around the world in a day of female 'empowerment'.
 
Singer and HIV campaigner Annie Lennox is endorsing International Women's Day
Lesbian, bisexual and trans women join people around the world who are celebrating International Women's Day.
Activities will take place around the world today (8 March) under the theme of 'connecting girls, inspiring futures' for the annual event that has been observed since the early 1900s and is now celebrating its 101st day.
The International Women's Day website listed more than 1,000 events around the world, including film showings, lectures and public meetings.
As well as celebrity endorsements from singer Annie Lennox, actress Reese Witherspoon and model Helena Christensen, InternationalWomensDay.com now has 10,000 followers on Twitter sharing videos, information and news as it happens.
And the LGBT community is also joining in the celebrations.
Celebrated lesbian activist Clare B Dimyon says International Women's Day is 'our Stonewall moment'.
Dimyon, who was honored with an MBE by the Queen for her campaign work, said: 'I stand proud on the shoulders of all the women who have gone before, who didnt seek to get their name in lights but simply did what needed to be done.
'And just as at Pride when I am no less of a woman, on International Women's Day I am no less of a lesbian and lesbian women have some very tall shoulders to stand upon.'
She adds that lesbians have been at the forefront of human rights campaigns, even when the issues at hands, she claims, didn't affect them directly.
Dimyon said: 'As gay men started to get ill and die for reasons we didnt understand, who flocked to them to nurse them? Gay men but also lesbians who realized we were not affected. But who else could understand the profoundly homophobic response of society to the "gay plague". How could we not respond to our gay/bisexual brothers?
'When women were beaten by their husbands, beaten sometimes to death when their children witnessed this and were subjected to this violence, who was there? Lesbians were there - lesbian women at the forefront of the refuges for heterosexual women battered by their husbands. How could we not respond to our sisters?
'When women were and are subjected to rape and sexual violence who is there, who was there at the forefront of founding of rape crisis centres? Lesbians.
'I am a lesbian, all lesbian and all woman, I will not be submerged into the LGBT acronym, but I am part of a wonderfully diverse set of LGBT communities, which sometimes seems to forget the word associated with "L" over which there can never be any doubt.
'I am not struggling for equality in order to take second place. My dear gay brothers, I cannot do that with any integrity or self-respect or pride.'
In a video message on YouTube, the UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet said more work needs to be done to improving women's rights around the world, especially in rural communities.






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