Be a buddy, not a bully! Experiences of sexual and gender minority youth in Tamil Nadu schools

Case Studies & Research
New Delhi
UNESCO New Delhi Cluster Office

Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights. However, learning environments are not always inclusive and safe places. They can be sites of physical, verbal, psychological and sexual violence, and social exclusion. For children and young people who are perceived as ‘different’ and who do not fit into dominant cultures in societies, schools can actually be alienating and marginalizing spaces. The objectives of the study were to: broaden awareness and understanding of SOGIE-related bullying in educational institutions and document the support mechanisms available; and to strengthen advocacy efforts for evidence-informed policies, programmes and resource allocations to prevent and address SOGIE-related bullying in schools.

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