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18.11.2016 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

New online library on discrimination related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression launched in Chile

Bibliodiversa offers a wide array of documents about the LGBT community including academic studies and publications from UNESCO, UNICEF, NGOs and international and national partners.

The Bibliodiversa project, developed by the Todo Mejora Foundation with support from the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago), is an online resource  that seeks to support different stakeholders in civil society and academia in their work on discrimination related to discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (SOGIE).  The website offers access to a wide variety of materials related to sectoral responses to this phenomenon, including the educational setting. 

The online portal has been launched with almost 200 available publications from national and international organizations such as UNICEF, UNESCO, the Todo Mejora Foundation and other NGOS, as well as academic articles. It boasts a wide diversity of publications that aim to promote understanding of this kind of violence from a multidisciplinary perspective, with the aim reducing and eliminating homophobic and transphobic violence.

As part of collaborative nature, the community can be part of this platform, uploading and sharing their work and accessing contributions from other organizations. “The Todo Mejora Foundation invites all researchers and organizers to take part in this compilation of information, with the hope that this site will be able to contribute to overcoming violence and discrimination towards the LGBT community at schools,” stated Andrea Infante, Education Coordinator of Todo Mejora.

Bibliodiversa is an innovative initiative for making information about the prevalence and impact of violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in an educational context, accessible for everyone working on issues related to quality, safety, and inclusion in education in Latin American schools,” asserts Mary Guinn Delaney, Regional Advisor from the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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