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‘All equal in dignity and rights’: UNESCO champions LGBTI learners’ rights

 

For millions of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) learners in Asia-Pacific, the fundamental principle of the universality of human rights enshrined in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration may seem remote from their everyday realities.

Many of them instead face violence, discrimination, bullying and other forms of exclusion. As the world embarks on a new education agenda centered on Sustainable Development Goal 4, which in part calls for “inclusive and equitable quality education” for all, it becomes a duty of UNESCO and all education stakeholders to recognize and address the challenges facing our region’s young LGBTI learners.

 

In keeping with UNESCO’s work in this area, the video You are Loved speaks directly to LGBTI youth facing challenges in school – offering them inspirational messages of support, encouragement, and love. 

 

Information and awareness are key to improving the situation facing LGBTI learners in Asia-Pacific. To that end, UNESCO recently released the first comprehensive regional review of bullying on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in Asia-Pacific: “From Insult to Inclusion”.