Tuesday 5 December 2017,
3:45-5:00 pm, to be followed by a reception sponsored by
WHERE: Sheraton Melbourne (Ballroom), 27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
WHO: Confirmed speakers:
Justin Koonin, President, ACON (moderator)
Anthony Foley, National Managing Partner (Australia), Baker McKenzie
Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations
Kara Hinesley, Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs (Australia and NZ), Twitter
The Honorable Michael Donald Kirby, former Justice of the High Court of Australia
Craig Andrade, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Every day, lesbian, gay, bi, trans (LGBT) and intersex kids – and other children seen as defying gender stereotypes – are bullied at school, at home and in their community. Bullying can take many forms –from taunting and name-calling to brutal violence.
Children who experience this kind of abuse have a higher risk of anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem, self-harm, depression and suicide. They are also more likely to skip or drop out of school.
The United Nations is calling on everyone – from parents and teachers to Governments – to protect these children’s fundamental right to live free from violence and discrimination. Your actions matter!
On the 24th May, UNIC Canberra NIO, Julia Dean traveled with the Community Organiser from Amnesty International Australia, Bede Carmody to Billabong High School in southern New South Wales. The students from the school had invited both the UN and Amnesty to talk to year nine on LGBTI rights. Continue reading →
While some progress has been made since the first study four years ago spotlighting discrimination and violence against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, the overall picture remains one of pervasive, violent abuse, harassment and discrimination affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBT/I) persons in all regions, Continue reading →