International Day against homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and intersex

Press release | 17 May 2021
© Tony Webster
On 17 May, we celebrate the International Day against homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and intersex. This anniversary sheds light on the discrimination and injustices that LGBTI people are forced to endure in the world of work, because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

On this International Day, the ILO Office for Italy and San Marino reaffirms the centrality of the principle of equality and non-discrimination — enshrined in the ILO’s Constitution and the international labour standard discrimination in employment and occupation — as a prerequisite to achieving social justice and decent work for all.

“Non-discrimination is at the essence of democratic societies. It allows workers to freely choose their own job and develop their potential. All people, regardless of their sexual and gender orientation, have an equal right to be free from violence, persecution, discrimination and stigma at work”, said the Director of the ILO Office for Italy and San Marino, Gianni Rosas.

To promote a sustainable and inclusive recovery in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic that leaves no one behind, it is necessary to strengthen legislation and policies, as well as enforcement, to ensure that the right to non-discrimination at work for LGBTI workers becomes a reality. This strategy should include the implementation of affirmative action and enterprise policies on diversity and inclusion, as well as interventions to eliminate gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work, as enshrined in the ILO Convention n. 190 of 2019 on the elimination on violence and harassment in the world of work that was ratified by the Italian Parliament earlier this year.