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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)

The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states.

The Council of Europe standards and mechanisms seek to promote and ensure respect for the human rights of every individual. These include equal rights and dignity of all human beings, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons.

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Bullying of and violence against LGBT students in (secondary) schools  - UNESCO International Ministerial Meeting on Education Sector Responses to Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression

Paris, 17-18 May 2016

The Council of Europe is attending the International Ministerial Meeting on Education Sector Responses to Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression, organised by UNESCO on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). During this meeting, UNESCO will launch the first UN global report on the status of education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

The Council of Europe and UNESCO jointly host a side meeting for European Ministers of Education and government officials, to examine the global report’s finding on bullying of and violence against LGBT students in schools  in Europe, and to explore and exchange good practices in combatting homophobic and transphobic bullying.

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