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Sexuality education highlighted in the Minsk Declaration on the life course approach in the context of health 2020

Member States of the European Region recently gathered in Minsk, Belarus, for the WHO European Regional Conference on the Life-course Approach in the Context of Health 2020. The aim of the conference was to bring together new evidence on what governments can do to keep people healthy throughout the life course and equip policy-makers for promoting a healthy start to life and for targeting the needs of people at critical ages.

Legal barriers, stigma keep young drug users in harm’s way

For millions of young people who use drugs from Asia and the Pacific, services that could improve their health, encourage recovery and bring about a better quality of life are often denied. Stigma, discriminatory laws and policies prevent many of them from accessing the benefits of harm reduction programmes.

Teachers Matter: Addressing school bullying, violence, and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in Asia-Pacific

A trusted teacher can be a lifeline of support for a young learner subjected to bullying or exclusion at school. A report soon to be released by UNESCO Bangkok finds that in Asia-Pacific, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) youth are disproportionately at risk of school bullying, discrimination and violence. For them, a supportive teacher can transform their entire outlook on school and, with it, their learning outcomes and their future.

Sarina Thai visit, LGBTI-friendly training inspire Thai students

Tun, Aod and Bank* have their sights set on careers as a fashion designer, model and marketing professional, respectively. The 13-year-olds are best friends who share a bond that goes beyond their complementary career goals – all three have faced the challenges of going through their early teen years with gender identities and expressions that differ from what is expected of them by society.

Risk Behaviours among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in Myanmar – Research Report Launched!

Nearly half of young men who have sex with men in Myanmar (YMSM) report experiencing problems with family members because of their sexual identity or orientation, according to a newly released study. The study also found that most YMSM report having their first sexual encounter in their mid-teens and that the majority of them are knowledgeable about protective health measures such as condom use.

International Ministerial Meeting on Education Sector Responses to Homophobic Violence

Many students around the world are routinely denied the basic universal human right to education because of the discrimination and violence including bullying they experience in educational institutions, on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity.

UNAIDS IATT on Education and School Health consultancy

The UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team on Education and School Health is looking for a consultant-writer to revise and update a publication and communication and advocacy tools. More information is available in the Terms of Reference below. The deadline for expressions of interest is 7 October 2015 (Paris Time).

#PurpleMySchool campaign making education safer for LGBTI students

Launched in June 2015, the PurpleMySchool campaign is quickly making an impact on the lives of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) students across the Asia-Pacific region.

UNESCO Vacancy Project Officer Communications and Advocacy

UNESCO is seeking a Project Officer based in Paris, France to improve the overall strategy for communications and advocacy for its work on HIV and sexuality education, gender-based violence and homophobic violence in education settings and school health, and to provide support for major campaigns.

‘Time is now to address homophobic and transphobic bullying’, say countries at regional meeting

Schools and governments throughout Asia-Pacific are moving beyond the idea that dealing with issues around sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (SOGI/E) is “too sensitive” or “too new”. A recent regional consultation on the basis of SOGI/E reflected the sentiment of one Ministry of Education official from the region who told UNESCO: “It will always be sensitive or new if we never do anything about it.”

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