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, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons.
The Council of Europe Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Unit was set up in 2014 to address human rights challenges based on the mandate given to it by Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)5 of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. In particular, it provides technical support and expertise to member states, upon request, through cooperation activities aiming at improving the legal and institutional frameworks, builds capacity of administration staff and law enforcement, but also promotes the sharing of good practices and raises awareness. Specific themes range from Legal Gender Recognition, inclusion of SOGIESC-diversity in the Workplace, combating SOGIESC-based hate crime, hate speech and bullying, as well as multiple discrimination (e.g. LBT women, LGBTI ethnic minorities, LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees, LGBTI persons deprived of their liberty).
01 Dec 2021 16:43:00Warsaw 1 December 2021
The SOGI Unit together with the Polish LGBT+ Parliamentary Group on Equal Opportunity, will...
16 Nov 2021 19:23:00Skopje, North Macedonia 16 November 2021
A roundtable will be organised on 17 November 2021 by the SOGI Unit of the Council of Europe and...
10 Nov 2021 15:36:00
Training of Romanian Prosecutors on the Fight against Homophobia and Transphobia in the context of execution of ECtHR judgment in the case M.C. and A.C. v. RomaniaStrasbourg 10 November 2021
On 8 and 9 November 2021, Council of Europe units (the Human Rights Education for Legal...
All children have the right to safe and quality education, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or sex characteristics. In the last decade, national education sectors in most Council of Europe member States started or continued responding to violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or sex characteristics (SOGIESC-based violence). This report provides an overview of this violence in European schools, explores how member States seek to prevent or address it, and makes recommendations to national education sectors to better do so.