In focus

Call to revise textbooks wrongly portraying LGBT people in China

University textbooks in mainland China largely ignore LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues and when they do address them the information is often inaccurate and portrays the community as psychologically abnormal. This pathologization of the LGBT community was the main conclusion of groundbreaking report, “Homosexuality Contents in University Textbooks”, released recently by the Gay and Lesbian Campus Association of China (GLCAC).

Asia-Pacific Networks Stand Together to Address School-related Gender-Based Violence on the International Day of the Girl Child

BANGKOK, 10 October – For many children in Asia-Pacific, school is not a safe space for learning, but a place where they are forced to deal with threats of bullying, harassment, assault and even rape. On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, observed on 11 October, concerned networks in Asia-Pacific are calling for action to address school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) in the region. The theme of the day, “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence”, speaks directly to the issues at the core of gender violence in schools – gender discrimination, gender inequality and harmful gender and social norms. While all children can be affected by violence, girls are particularly exposed to violence in, around, and on the way to school in Asia-Pacific.