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Blog on Homophobic and Transphobic Violence in Education

26 May 2016

Homophobic and transphobic violence in education featured on the Global Education Monitoring Report’s World Education Blog. The blog by UNESCO senior project officer Christophe Cornu, explores the data reviewed for UNESCO’s global report on education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

It looks at the rates of violence directed at students who are, or are perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI), and others whose gender expression does not fit into binary gender norms, such as boys perceived as effeminate and girls perceived as masculine.

Mr Cornu said schools and other educational settings are places for personal and collective development, places for building inclusive communities and sustainable societies.

“That is why it is so critical for the education sector to promote respect for and understanding of all learners, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression,” he added.

“With a comprehensive response to homophobic and transphobic violence in place, countries can contribute to the provision of a better and safer educational experience for all.”

Read the full blog post here: