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MAY 2020 

In this month's update: 
Dear <<First Name>>

This is a big month! And not just because we’re mourning the loss of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest (OK some are grieving more than others!) but because of the events on and around this Sunday: the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia, and Intersexphobia (LGBTI-phobias). That’s a long name, we’ll call it 17 May for now. Scroll down to find out more about what GLOBE, the OECD, and our friends are doing to mark the occasion!

Proudly,
The GLOBE Board

17 May

This Sunday, 17 May, will be the International Day Against LGBTI-phobias. As always, the OECD will mark this occasion with a message from the Secretary-General sent to all staff and delegations.

GLOBE believes that it as important as ever to shine light on the damage caused by prejudice against people based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Many awareness-raising events have had to be cancelled, including Pride in the summer. There are also many LGBTI people in vulnerable positions, such as young people in lockdown with hostile and even abusive family members.

In this email you will find more information on things you can do to support our efforts and make sure 17 May is as impactful as it can be.
UNESCO Event

On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, the UNESCO branch of UN-GLOBE is organizing a webinar in cooperation with Transgender Europe on: “Vulnerability and Resilience: the impact of health and economic crises on transgender people”. The webinar will take place on Monday 18 May at 16:30 Paris time. 
Download the PDF for more details
GLOBE Quiz!

As a fun event to get GLOBE members together virtually, we are preparing an online quiz for people to participate in all together. The date for the quiz is 11 June after work, so save the date! A reminder email will follow.
Save the date
Le Refuge Needs our Support

As part of 17 May, GLOBE would like to introduce you to the Foundation Le Refuge. Recognised as a Public Utility in France, its purpose is to prevent the isolation and suicide of LGBT+ youth, aged 18 to 25, who find themselves victims of homophobia or transphobia and in situations of family breakdown.

Le Refuge Foundation supports more than 800 young people and hosts nearly 300 each year. In these times of crisis, homophobia from family members persists, and lockdown can make these problems even worse.

We encourage you to learn more about the Le Refuge Foundation, and consider making a donation today.
Learn more about Le Refuge
Queering Identities: Online Course

The University of Colorado is offering an online course, starting at any time, on “Queering Identities: LGBTQ+ Sexuality and Gender Identity”. It’s free to enrol, and certification can be gained through online assessment for a small fee. In this course, participants explore the history of LGBTQ identities, experiences, and activism. They study major events in global LGBTQ history, investigate local histories of queer and transgender people and communities, and consider how LGBTQ histories have helped shape broader conversations about civil rights, equality, and justice.
Enrol in the course
Consultations with HRM

Please find here the summary of GLOBE’s input to the HRM Action Plan on LGBTI inclusion. Note that a number of clarifications have been made by HRM in this document, particularly in the Q&A section, for which we thank our colleagues once again. This version cancels and replaces the last one we circulated. The final version of this document, without the Q&A, will be submitted in the coming days to HRM as GLOBE’s input to the Action Plan.

HRM continues to consult with GLOBE on a number of matters, including the forthcoming OECD Diversity Report and proposed updates to the OECD anti-harassment policy. We will keep you informed as soon as we are able to share more information.
Download GLOBE's Input to the HRM Action Plan

Reminder about EXD's previous message

GLOBE strives to make all its members feel supported inside and outside the workplace. As we are all facing challenging times with the global pandemic and lockdown, we'd like to remind you of the recent message sent to OECD staff by EXD:

"In the current context, you may experience a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions. Our specialised partner Eutelmed can support or advise you throughout this period. If you, or a member of your household, experience fear, anxiety or stress, you can speak to the Eutelmed bilingual psychological support 24/7 via their helpline: +33 (0) 1 72 01 20 71 using the access code OECD COVID 19.

If you do not reside in France, you can still call the number above. Simply give them your number and the helpline will call you back immediately. For staff based in Berlin, the US, or Mexico, please use the following numbers (same access code): 
·      USA : +1 202 852 6767
·      Mexico: +52 46 13 14 01 16
·       Berlin: +49 322 23 27 00 06       

The OECD psycho-social unit remains at your disposal."

Membership

<<First Name>>, we believe that it is as important as ever for GLOBE to have a strong voice and to represent the views of its constituency. The clearest way for us to do that is by building a large, strong membership to legitimate and amplify our message. You can help us to continue advancing our cause and making our values heard. If you haven’t already paid membership for the year 2020, please do so now, and invite your colleagues to do so too. 
Become a GLOBE member today!
2020 OECD GLOBE


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