combat homophobic bullying in schools, in workplaces and in society

ETUC, ETUCE and ILGA-Europe commit to work jointly to combat homophobic bullying in schools, in workplaces and in society

16 May 2012

On the 2012 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the European Region of Education international, the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe), affirm their commitment to strengthen their collaboration at national and European level to prevent and combat jointly homophobia and transphobia at school, in workplaces and in society.

As democratic representative organisations, trade unions play a special role in society and contribute effectively to the development of many aspects of society, including education. Trade unions should continue to be at the forefront in tackling any forms of discrimination, at the workplace and in all their actions and activities.

Good practices have already been initiated at national level by many public authorities, civil society organisations and trade unions. Let’s share them and expand them!

Said Claudia Menne, ETUC Confederal Secretary: “Homophobic bullying and harassment occur every day within society. Individual children and adults are harassed on the basis of their perceived or actual sexual orientation. Schools are, among other key players, responsible for ensuring that society’s diversity is respected”.

ETUC, ETUCE and ILGA-Europe reaffirm today their commitment to work jointly towards those objectives and to seek that, in the future, no one within the school community will be bullied, harassed or discriminated, on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Joint commitment of the European Trade Union Committee for Education, the European Trade Union Confederation and the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association to combat homophobic bullying in schools, in workplaces and in society