IGLYO’s Conference “StopH8: tackling bullying in Europe” kicked off yesterday in Oslo, Norway. StopH8 conference is held in partnership with IGLYO’s Norwegian member organization Skeiv Ungdom (Queer Youth) and it is supported by the European Youth Foundation of Council of Europe, The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, and Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs. The conference is as important as ever since a recent European Union–wide LGBT survey showed that at least 60% of LGBT youths personally experienced negative comments or conduct at school, while over 80% in every EU Member State recall negative comments or bullying of LGBT youth at school. The survey also showed that two out of three LGBT respondents were hiding or disguising their sexuality at school.
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StopH8 conference and the research project seeks to further and consolidate the efforts to tackle harassment and bullying in Europe. ”It is alarming to hear the extent of bullying experiences that young LGBTQ people face around Europe. IGLYO advocates for safe and inclusive education environment for all young people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. I wish to all the delegates a productive and inspirational meeting. We are excited to be back in Oslo!” said Despina Michaelidou, the IGLYO Board member and co-ordinator of the conference.
Line Halvorsrud, the president of Skeiv Ungdom welcomed the delegates and added “Addressing bullying is very important, because it’s such a big part of young people’s everyday life. We are happy hosting this particular conference also as it marks the start of Skeiv Ungdom’s increased focus on combating bullying.” [IGLYO]