LGBTI Inclusive Education Tour – Asia Pacific

The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marching in the Toronto Pride parade, July 2016

“As a society, we have taken many important steps toward recognizing and protecting the legal rights for the LGBTQ2 community – from enshrining equality rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the passage of the Civil Marriage Act. There remains much to be done, though. Far too many people still face harassment, discrimination, and violence for being who they are. This is unacceptable.”

– Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, May 17, 2016

Canada is a staunch supporter of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons in Canada and abroad.  Canada’s offices around the world work with local governments and partners to encourage and support these rights.The dialogue will address the challenges and opportunities for enhanced women’s political participation through engagement with government officials, parliamentarians, civil society leaders, academics, students and media.

Between November 21 to 24, 2016, Helen Kennedy, Co-Secretary General of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) and executive director of Égale Canada will be in Japan and Hong Kong to speak on the issues of LGBTI people and the importance of inclusive education.

In December, Égale will work with the ICS Center and iSEE to deliver a program in support of LGBTI rights in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

The issues of LGBTI rights and inclusive education are key priorities for Canada. Our Embassies in the region are pleased to engage a team that has been at the forefront of these initiatives in Ontario, given their support for the creation of inclusive curriculum and other inclusive education initiatives, including anti-bullying.

This campaign is particularly timely given the commemoration of the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, the ILGA global conference in Bangkok, Thailand from November 28 to December 2, being held for the first time in Southeast Asia, and the International Human Rights Day on December 8.

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