UNESCO leads a landmark anti-bullying initiative
On the eve of the celebration of the tenth occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December 2011, UNESCO convened the United Nations’ first-ever international consultation to address bullying against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) students in educational institutions. The landmark event, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 5-9 December 2011, brought together experts from UN agencies, NGOs, ministries of education and academia from more than 25 countries around the world.
Every day, students around the world are routinely denied the basic, universal human right to education because of discrimination and violence they experience in school on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity.
The consultation was organized to explore methods for ensuring all people receive a quality education. Experts took an integrative approach to the issue, examining the connections between homophobic bullying, development goals and human rights. The consultation was widely welcomed by participants for providing a forum to consider a wide range of situations, experiences and approaches from around the world, and for sharing new ideas, tools and good policies and practices from diverse settings.
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