28.04.2014 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UN launches campaign on equality and rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and transvestites (LGBT) in Brazil

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The United Nations in partnership with São Paulo City Hall have launched the campaign Free & Equal, today, 28 April, 2014. Given the alarming rates of violence against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transvestites and transsexuals, the UN seeks to promote equality and respect for human rights of the LGBT groups.

The event is part of the activities of the LGBT Pride Month in São Paulo, taken place at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of São Paulo City Hall. The launching event will count on the presence of São Paulo City Mayer, Fernando Haddad, and of Daniela Mercury, UN Champion of Equality.

The event will also count on the presence of the Assistant Director of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in South America, Humberto Henderson, and the Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Brazil (UNIC Rio), Giancarlo Summa, representing the United Nations System in Brazil. The civil society is represented by Keila Simpson, President of the Transvestites of Bahia Association (ATRAS) and winner of the Human Rights Award 2013 in the LGBT category.

A discussion on public policies for LGBT will also take place with Alessandro Melchior, Municipal Coordinator of  LGBT Policies; Fernando Quaresma de Azevedo, President of the São Paulo LGBT Parade Association (APOGLBT); Gustavo Bernardes, President of the LGBT National Council; Thaís Faria, Officer at ILO; and Leandro Ramos, Representative of  AllOut, the international organization that develops mobilization campaigns in defence of LGBT rights. Leandro Ramos will also act as moderation of the event.
After the presentations, the speakers will answer to questions for the public and for the press.

During the event, the Portuguese version of publication “Education sector responses to homophobic bullying”, published by UNESCO HIV/AIDS and Health Education Sector and written by Kathy Attawell. The study recommends to the countries the implementation of evidence-based public policies, building of a legal framework on violence prevention, the inclusion of these themes in educational systems’ curricula, and concrete actions in school environment for accountability and support of all students. The publication is part of the policy to combat violence and bullying based on sexual orientations and gender identity.

Free & Equal is an unprecedented global campaign of the UN to promote equality for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and transvestites (LGBT). It is a Project of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, implemented in partnership with ado Purpose Foundation, “Livres & Iguais” intends to raise awareness on homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, as well as to promote greater respect for the rights of LGBT people worldwide.

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