Global Campus Visual Contest celebrates inclusion with gender and sexual diversity
The Global Campus Visual Contest aims to create a platform to celebrate diversity in all its forms, including gender and sexual identity. We look for images and short documentaries that can showcase gender diversity and change people’s perception of what is LGBTIQ+.
Despite decades of growing awareness of sexual, gender, and sex diversity, the force of negation still exerts great power all over the planet. In different societies numerous people who act or identify as one sex having been born another are exposed to verbal, physical abuse and discrimination just for expressing themselves as they do, for being who they are. Currently, there are 124 States, (122 UN member States as well as Taiwan and Kosovo) where there are no legal penalties levied for consenting same-sex sexual activity between adults in private. There are 72 States where same-sex sexual relations are de facto severely outlawed. Very few countries legally recognize the gender identity of transgender people, and only two countries (Malta and Chile) provide legislation aimed at protecting the rights of intersex people. Even in countries where punitive laws have been repealed and social attitudes are changing, LGBTIQ+ people continue to be excluded from many spheres of life and continue to experience stigma, discrimination, violence and even death.
Many Companies have joined forces to support the cause thanks also to the evidence brought by various studies that diversity can be of benefit for business and that people perform better when they can be themselves. A notable example is the new video campaign of the fashion brand Burberry “Wrapped in Love” covering a range of topics through the lens of today’s LGBTIQ+ community. This delivers a message that goes beyond clothes to defend LGBTIQ+ rights.
Through the GC Visual Contest, EIUC and the Global Campus of Human Rights would like to further support these messages through compelling images and videos. Thanks also to a forthcoming GCMassive Online Open Course (MOOC) there is the intention of promoting knowledge on LGBTIQ+ rights. This is a call to everyone to dispel stereotypes and uphold an unwavering commitment to LGBTIQ+ rights so as to help them in their cause for worldwide acceptance and human dignity.