Archive: global

Pronouns day initiative asks support - June 03, 2018

3 June 2018 - An international volunteer group has taken the initiative to launch “Pronouns Day”. 17 October will be dedicated to action to be clear, educative and sensitive about how we use pronouns. Using self-chosen names and pronouns is a basic right. But we may inadvertently hurt someone when we use only “he” or “she”. Pronouns Days will help to educate people and generate ideas on how to be welcoming to each other.
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UNAIDS launches “My Health, My Right” campaign - November 30, 2017

30 November 2017 - In the lead-up to World AIDS Day on 1 December, UNAIDS has launched the campaign, My Health, My Right . It focuses on the right to health and explores the challenges people around the world face in exercising their rights. “All people, regardless of who they love, have the right to health” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS.
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IPPF 60 second video contest on LGBTI deadline 3 December - November 24, 2017

24 November 2017 - IPPF, The International Planned Parenthood Federation, has launched an international video contest to celebrate sexual and gender diversity. The theme of the contest is: Being LGBTI+ is not a big deal. Discrimination is. GALE calls on members to participate in the contest. But be aware, the deadline is 3 December!
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First global conference on bullying features attention to homophobic bullying - June 27, 2017

27 June 2017 - Last month, the World Anti-Bullying Forum conference in Stockholm, against expectations, featured attention to homophobic bullying is several ways. The WABF was the first world conference on bullying and it was not expected to give very much attention to homophobia. This expectation was mainly because the traditional definition of bullying covers only personal interactions between students without attention to motive or normative context. However, this was challenged in different plenary sessions and workshops. The initiated discussion may lead to a need to review the current definition of bullying.
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European Court judges Russian censorship law a breach of European rules - June 21, 2017

21 June 2017 - Yesterday, European Court of Human Rights ruled almost anonymously that the Russian censorship law banning the so-called propaganda of non traditional sexual relations aimed at minors breaches European treaty rules that Russia signed. This is a positive development for sexual diversity education, which became virtually impossible due to this law. Russia will probably appeal the judgement.
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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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