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Title: Discrimination and Bullying on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Western Australian Education
Contributor(s): Jones, Tiffany  (author)
Corporate Author: Equal Opportunity Commission of Western Australia
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: Greater recognition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity led the United Nations to take a direct stand against school-based homophobic bullying. The UN Secretary-General called the prevalence of this specific type of bullying a public health crisis. UNESCO has released several documents guiding education sectors globally to explicitly address it. Education leadership are advised to take urgent action, and to prevent the need for a reactive approach to homophobic discrimination and bullying driven by the type of legal actions and public protests now emerging across several Australian states. ... The report concludes with a series of recommendations arising out of recent research, consultations with the WA EOC Working Group and Steering Committee and UNESCO, and key informants from the Victorian and NSW contexts. These recommendations are directed to government, education authorities and schools. Important features include the need for policy-based leadership, clear guidelines and training and specific structural provisions. Many different education stakeholders are seen as having a role in preventing discrimination and bullying on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Publication Type: Report
Place of Publication: Perth, Australia
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
130105 Primary Education (excl Maori)
130106 Secondary Education
130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390304 Primary education
390406 Gender, sexuality and education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930503 Resourcing of Education and Training Systems
930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160204 Management, resources and leadership
160205 Policies and development
HERDC Category Description: R1 Report
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