Archive: global

Vitit Muntarbhorn remains UN independent expert despite fierce opposition - December 19, 2016

19 December 2016 - The new independent expert on Protection against Violence and Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity remains in function. This became clear after a second attack of a block of 77 countries. Vitit Muntarbhorn held a keynote speech at the ILGA World Conference in Bangkok, where he outlined that he will take his mandate to not only include physical violence but also to other forms of violence common in schools.
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Being an ally to intersex students in schools - December 10, 2016

10 December 2016 - Recently, ILGA-Europe and the federation of Intersex organizations OII-Europe published a toolkit on how to be a good ally of intersex people. The document provides some pointers to how schools, school consultants and educators can take intersex issues into account in their work.
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Government and civil society partnerships needed - October 12, 2016

16 October 2016 - Government and civil society from across the globe must work together to identity strategic opportunities and leverage each other’s strengths to further advance the human rights and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, said a panel of ambassadors and lawmakers at the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum this week in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
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UNESCO conference closes with whisper for action - May 19, 2016

19 May, 2016 - At the close of the UNESCO Ministerial Conference “Out in the Open”, 27 States presented a “Call for Action” to each other and to other States. The documents lists 7 possible actions States can take and calls for exchange good practices. The Call to exchange good practices may be one step further than the research on prevalence of violence UNESCO has been undertaking until now. But many of the civil society representatives perceive the call as a “whisper” compared to the hope for an intergovernmental resolution with some political impact.
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State and UNESCO representatives speak out against homophobic bullying - May 18, 2016

18 May, 2016 - At the UNESCO Ministerial Conference “Out in the Open”, several State officials and UNESCO senior staff representatives spoke out against homophobic and transphobic bullying. The most important ones were Qian Tang and Getachew Engida (UNESCO), Jet Bussemaker (the Dutch minister of education), Kihei Maekawa (the Japanese deputy minister of education), Catherine Lhamon (ministry of education USA), Phineas Langa Magagula (Minister of Education and Training Swaziland, Sonia Mora Escalante (Costa Rican minister of education), Ayesha Wentworth (deputy director in the Namibian ministry of education), Marta Santos Pais (special representative of the United Nations), and Kate Gilmore (OHCHR).
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Worldwide prevalence of violence against gender nonconformity - May 18, 2016

18 May, 2016 - Two days of research presentations at the global UNESCO conference make three things clear. First, the prevalence of violence against LGBT students is high across almost all countries. And second, most violence is actually not homophobic bullying, but gender related bullying. Effeminate boys and strong girls carry the brunt of the aggression. Third, most states to not respond to this violence.
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UNESCO presents second report on SOGIE bullying - May 17, 2016

17 May, 2016 - At the opening of the UNESCO Ministerial Conference on ending violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) the second state of affairs report on SOGIE report was presented. The report is full of new statistics and good practices. A good comparison with the first report of 2012 is not possible because the research methodologies are very different. Still, the report comes with 7 recommendations.
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Join the IDAHOT Youth campaign - May 14, 2016

14 May 2016 - Next week is IDAHOT, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. IGLYO, the international LGBTI youth organization has launched a short campaign with 5 posters of youth from different parts of the world. We encourage you to share these portraits.
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Jehovah's Witnesses train children to sabotage human rights education - May 07, 2016

May 7, 2016 - The Jehovah's Witnesses website has published a video that encourages small children to sabotage human rights education. The video, called "One men and one women" teaches their children that the teacher is wrong in saying that people can choose their own relationship. It also encourages them to challenge children from rainbow families and to practice with their parents how they can do this most effectively. It even implies LGB couples should be compared with terrorists.
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Williams Institute recommends including SOGI in large scale monitoring surveys - April 05, 2016

5 April 2016 - The Williams Institute published a paper with general recommendations on how to measure SOGI in large scale population surveys. The author, Andrew Park, states that LGBTI people have long been called “hard to reach” populations, but concludes that much of this lack of “reachability” has been due to a refusal or insensitivity to actually ask questions in surveys.
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