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10 Nov 2017

UNESCO Consultation Addresses School Bullying Against Gender Nonconformity

An Asia-Pacific consultation reviews education sector responses to school violence on the basis of sexual orientation.

Despite signing international agreements to protect child rights, children with “diverse sexualities and sex characteristics” in the Asia-Pacific region continue to suffer from school violence on the basis of their sexual orientation, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported.

A two-day UNESCO consultation held in Manila, Philippines, in early November engaged a range of experts to assess the education sector’s responses to these issues.

Titled “From Insult to Inclusion: Regional Consultation on Education Sector Responses to School Violence on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE),” the event was held in the Philippines because of the country’s noteworthy passing of two anti-bullying acts in recent years, UNESCO reported.

Representatives from Cambodia, Fiji, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam attended the consultation. According to a statement from UNESCO Bangkok, these representatives “highlight[ed] gaps and good practices in country-level data, policy frameworks and education-sector responses to address these issues as well as identify strategic opportunities for collaboration.”

Sustainable Development Goal 4 pledges “inclusive and equitable quality education” to children, which UNESCO says has not yet been fully realized for learners who are gender non-conforming.



Reader's Comments

1. 2017-11-12 14:00  
Extra help isn't required if the bullying is addressed head on. Very usually it is the bullys that struggle educationally and these few individuals need the help or to be moved.

Drawing attention to a minority group only prolongs ignorance and negative attitudes.
2. 2017-11-14 19:38  
Defend the bullies, blame the victims... yawn, already done so many times.

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