Combating discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity

Themes

VI. Education

31. Taking into due account the over-riding interests of the child, member states should take appropriate legislative and other measures, addressed to educational staff and pupils, to ensure that the right to education can be effectively enjoyed without discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity; this includes, in particular, safeguarding the right of children and youth to education in a safe environment, free from violence, bullying, social exclusion or other forms of discriminatory and degrading treatment related to sexual orientation or gender identity.

32. Taking into due account the over-riding interests of the child, appropriate measures should be taken to this effect at all levels to promote mutual tolerance and respect in schools, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. This should include providing objective information with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity, for instance in school curricula and educational materials, and providing pupils and students with the necessary information, protection and support to enable them to live in accordance with their sexual orientation and gender identity. Furthermore, member states may design and implement school equality and safety policies and action plans and may ensure access to adequate anti-discrimination training or support and teaching aids. Such measures should take into account the rights of parents regarding education of their children.

Activities conducted within the framework of the LGBT Project

Multilateral meeting

Rights on the Child

Right of the child and adolescent from the perspective of sexual orientation and gender identity with the focus on the complex issues facing boys and girls who do not follow a heterosexual path

Albania/Montenegro

Awareness raising campaign in schools

Training manual for teachers and an informative brochure on LGBT issues to be distributed in high schools, based on human rights requirements

Latvia

Training and guidelines for social workers, medical staff and school teachers

Materials for social workers, medical staff and teachers. Covering LGBT issues regarding families, youth, minority groups

Latvia

Review of the legal framework in the field of employment, education, goods

and services

Improve legislation to prevent

discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, in accordance with CM/Rec(2010)5, the EU acquis, and international law

Poland

Guidelines for

teachers and

school materials

Printing and disseminating guidelines for teachers and school managers on LGBT issues; prepared by the Campaign against Homophobia; poster campaign on combating homophobia