How LGBTQI people can be included in the Sustainable Development Goals


Did you know that LGBTQI students are more likely to drop out of school than other students? Or that LBTQI women and gender-non conforming people are excluded from development initiatives due to gender roles, norms and stereotypes? These are examples of hurdles to the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

An important principle of Agenda 2030 is to leave no one behind. Despite this, LGBTQI people are still excluded from sustainable development initiatives and the SDGs. Because of discrimination and structural oppression, LGBTQI people have worse health, less access to education and experience poverty at higher rates. As long as LGBTQI people continue to be excluded from sustainable development, none of the global goals will be achieved.

RFSL has created new policy briefs about the barriers which prevent LGBTQI people from having their human rights fulfilled, based on the SDGs. In our briefs you can find information on how LGBTQI people are excluded from five different goals: health, education, gender equality, decent work and finally peace, justice and strong institutions. In the policy briefs you can also find RFSL’s recommendations for LGBTQI-inclusion and how we can ensure that their human rights are fulfilled. If you are an activist or working in civil society, you will also be able to read our tips for using Agenda 2030 as a tool for including LGBTQI people in sustainable development.

Do you want to find out more about LGBTQI-inclusion in Agenda 2030? Read our report which RFSL created together with the Danish Institute for Human Rights.