Regional Consultation on Homophobic and Transphobic Violence in the Education Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean
In 2013 UNESCO, with the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands, launched a three-year initiative titled “Education and Respect for Everyone: Predicting and Addressing Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying in Educational Institutions”. Within the framework of this project, UNESCO has organized a regional consultation on homophobic and transphobic violence in education institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Over recent years, UNESCO has become the leading United Nations agency in responding to homophobic and transphobic violence in a wide range of education contexts. UNESCO’s activities are designed based on extensive work conducted to prevent and respond to discrimination and violence in schools, including gender violence.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, gender concepts are deep rooted and reinforced by multiple social and cultural conditions; homophobia and transphobia are expressed in children from early childhood education through to secondary schooling. This situation enhances the relevance of this consultation and other activities conducted by UNESCO in the region.
--Creation of greater awareness of the status of homophobic and transphobic violence in education institutions, and enhancement of commitment and capacity to respond within the education sector, to address the problems caused by homophobic and transphobic violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, and
--Formation of a regional coalition of decision makers within governments and civil society that aims to prevent and address homophobic and transphobic violence in education in Latin America and the Caribbean.