Members of the European Parliament, representatives from European Institutions, Member State governments, and civil society organisations are meeting at the European Parliament for the launch of the first LGBTQI Inclusive Education Index and Report, created by IGLYO – The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth and Student Organisation. The event, hosted by the Intergroup on Children’s Rights and the Intergroup on LGBTI Rights, is an important opportunity for Member States to review their responses to homophobic, biphobic, transphobic and interphobic violence in schools, and to discuss concrete measures to be taken.
Over the course of 2016, IGLYO asked LGBTQI young people from across Europe to share their experiences of school, captured in the film No More Hiding. Regardless of the country in which they lived, many of their stories were frighteningly similar. UNESCO’s international report, Out in the Open, also shows that the prevalence of violence in schools is between three and five times higher towards LGBTQI young people. The Council of Europe Member States, however, have made specific commitments to warrant the right to education for all students.
IGLYO’s LGBTQI Inclusive Education Index and Report provide much needed qualitative data on areas such as laws, policies, teacher training, inclusive curricula to highlight both good practices and areas for development in each country and ensure that LGBTQI learners feel safe, supported and included within state educational institutions. One of the important elements of the project is that the information is segregated between sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and variations in sex characteristics, to ensure all learners within the LGBTQI spectrum are included. Read more via IGLYO
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