Diversity & Childhood: Changing social attitudes towards gender diversity in children across Europe
Raising awareness, reducing prejudice, and improving violence protection and support to LGBTI and gender non-conforming children.
Grant Agreement Number: 856680
Funded by: REC Duration: 01/10/2019-30/09/2021
One type of violence currently striking children populations across Europe has to do with gender and sexuality, since many children suffer violence for being gender or sexually non-conformant. LGBTIphobia and violence against people who do not fulfill dominant gender norms affect an important part of the population throughout their whole life. Actually, discrimination because of LGBTIphobic reasons is an unacceptable violation of human dignity (article 21 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights).
Preventing LGBTIphobia at an early stage of life is key for stopping this social phenomenon and fostering the well-being of the whole society. Children education can play an important role in the elimination of violence to gender non-conforming children, as 64% of surveyed people believe that school lessons and material should include information on diversity in terms of gender identity and sexual orientation (Eurobarometer 2015). However, other spheres of life have been left overlooked, and hence there has not been a comprehensive look on the issue which can help with all spheres of life (health, family, media, public spaces).
Diversity & Childhood project seeks to raise awareness and reduce prejudice, as well as improve violence protection and support to LGBTI and gender non-conforming children.