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International Women’s Day

Laura Graham

Today, 8th March, marks International Women’s Day 2013, a day to celebrate the achievements and lives of women across the globe, as well as speaking out against oppression of women and the issues still facing women today.

International Women’s Day has been celebrated for over 100 years. The first National Women’s Day was celebrated in the US in 1909, following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. The very first International Women’s Day was launched in 1911 on 19th March (not 8th March) – the 19th March was chosen to mark the promise made by the Prussian king on this date during the 1848 revolution to introduce votes for women. Since 1913, it has been celebrated on the 8th March.

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Today marks the seventh International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, or IDAHO. Since 2005, IDAHO has been observed on 17th May to commemorate the date of the World Health Organisation’s decision to remove homosexuality from its list of recognised psychiatric disorders.

For some commentators, IDAHO 2011 was an opportunity to celebrate the progress on gay and trans rights across the globe. Demonstrating the changing cultural landscape for LGBT people in the West, Lady Gaga took over editorial control of the international newspaper group Metro for IDAHO, illustrating too the potential power of celebrity endorsements of LGBT rights. In one Metro article published under Gaga’s careful supervision, Cary Alan Johnson, executive director of the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, noted the “huge progress” already made towards greater LGBT equality world-wide.

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