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LGBTIQ+ Inclusion



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Module 7​: ​LGBTIQ+ Inclusion

Sign up for the session on 29 November 2022, 15:00-17:00 (CEST) or
07 December 09:30-11:30 (CEST)​

On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a major step towards promoting and safeguarding the rights of LGBTIQ+1 individuals. Over 30 years after that decision, many positive milestones have been achieved in a variety of countries, including marriage equality and the passing of non-discrimination laws. However, a lot of progress remains to be made as hate crimes, discrimination in the workplace as well as detrimental stigma and stereotypes still dominate the lives of many LGBTIQ+ individuals.

The 2019 UN system-wide Enabling Environment Guidelines​ call for championing workplace diversity, including by ensuring that “[i]individuals are valued regardless of (...) sex, gender identity or expression [or] sexual orientation".

This online training module will be delivered by an external LGBTIQ+ specialist, facilitators from IAEA and UNIDO and representatives UN-Globe and aims to:​

  • provide an introduction to diversity and why it matters for organizations,
    including the UN's approach to LGBTIQ+ issues;

  • present terminology related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and
    sex characteristics (SOGIESC);

  • shed light on the key issues and barriers people with diverse SOGIESC experience
    ​and how these can be reduced;

  • challenge common, problematic beliefs about people with diverse SOGIESC;
  • promote inclusive communication around SOGIESC topics; and
  • support the creation of safer spaces for those with diverse SOGIESC within the Vienna-based Organizations.

Picture taken by Nicolas Schmidt, UNIDO​

1 LGBTIQ+ stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer” (IOM and UNHCR 2021, p. 5).


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