Gender Views: Understanding gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation, and promoting the inclusion of LGBTI people

21/09/2018

The Division for Gender Equality has recently launched Gender Views, a new version of the “brown bag lunches”. The very first meeting took place on 18 September at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

UNESCO’s Director for Gender Equality, Ms Saniye Gülser Corat launched the series and presented the speaker of the day, Mr Damiano Giampaoli, a Programme Specialist in the Division for Gender Equality and also UN-Globe Co-coordinator for UNESCO. He gave a talk on “Understanding gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation, and promoting the inclusion of LGBTI people”.

Addressing and preventing violence and discrimination is key to achieve Agenda 2030 and its fundamental principle of leaving no one behind. For Mr Giampaoli, “understanding gender diversity is crucial to promote human rights for all”.

Around 50 colleagues participated at the meeting, both in person and online. One of them mentioned feeling “very comfortable asking questions on a topic of my interest, the atmosphere was very open”.

Ms Christelle Delarue, founder of Mad&Women and next speaker at the Gender Views meeting, was also present and gave a short introduction on the next debate, which will be on the theme “Fighting gender stereotypes through innovative solutions in ‘feminist advertising’”.

The next meeting will take place on 25 October at UNESCO Headquarters, from 12.30 to 13.30, Room 6.080. The series of meetings are an opportunity to address some of the most compelling questions and aspects of UNESCO work on Gender Equality as well as to share experiences and perspectives.

Participation is open to all UNESCO personnel at HQ and colleagues in field offices will be able to join through videoconference.

You can also volunteer to come and present during one of the future sessions!

For more information, please contact Damiano Giampaoli: d.giampaoli@unesco.org; and gender.equality@unesco.org

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