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Gay Education in Shelters for Asylum Seekers

by our Editors in History & Politics , 29 maart 2016

The ministry of Education will organise education on gay rights in shelters for asylum seekers. Minister Jet Bussemaker announced this. The city of Amsterdam has taken the initiative to educate asylum seekers on gay and women's rights already.

“My colleague Dijkhoff of Asylum is doing his part when it comes to the legal side, and I will do my bit when it comes to emancipation,” Minister Bussemaker stated in newspaper Trouw. The minister thinks that defending homosexuals is an important aspect of the integration of asylum seekers.

The same material that is now used for obligatory education at schools will now also be used here. According to Minister Bussemaker, there has been positive feedback on this material.

For gay education and advancing the social security of gay students and teachers, schools get support from the COC. The education can be given by the COA, the organisation responsible for asylum seekers, or by asylum seekers themselves, possible in cooperation with the COC or the LGBT police network Pink in Blue (Roze in Blauw).
Minister Bussemaker announced she will organise conference to work out the details, in corroboration with the COA and gay organisations such as the COC, but also with councillors from cities that are sheltering asylum seekers.

Bussemaker recently visited the shelter for asylum seekers in Almere. The Minister spoke with gay asylum seekers to personally be informed about the problems this group have to face.

The city of Amsterdam has decided to take the initiative in giving education on gay and women's rights to asylum seekers, according to newspaper Het Parool. The city has requested quotations from professionals, according to the spokeswoman of Simone Kukenheim, councillor for Education and Diversity.

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