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Today is IDAHO Day

This year the parliaments of two OECD member countries passed legislation broadening the institution of marriage to include same sex couples. Such marriage is now legal in 14 countries worldwide, 11 of which are OECD members.

Each 17 May the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO Day) is celebrated around the world. Homophobia has a human, social and economic cost, and is a significant burden for society at large. Violence and discrimination against sexual minorities continues to cause harm and division among many communities

Such practices are against the spirit of the OECD, which encourages fairer societies, diversity and inclusiveness, and supports the basic rights of respect, dignity and tolerance for all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or any other difference. Such basic rights are fundamental to promoting human well-being and advancement.

Indeed, since 2001 the OECD has had its own dedicated association for staff, called GLOBE (Gays, Lesbians and Others for Better Equity at OECD), which encourages a non-discriminatory environment for the organisation’s staff, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, and urges the organisation to remain at the forefront of progressive social change. IDAHO Day is an opportunity to reaffirm the values of equality and respect that should apply to everyone.

To find out more about the IDAHO Day, click here.   Contact globe[at]oecd.org