OutRight Action International seeks to advance human rights and opportunities for LGBTI people around the world. The Capstone team created a policy analysis document to monitor LGBTI inclusion in education at the High-Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in July 2019. The document highlighted the impact of lack of education qualifications on livelihoods of LGBTI people and the experience of violence in educational settings, home, and society. This analysis will also be used in national and regional review processes, holding Member States to account as they report on their progress on implementing SDG Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Through a desk review of the Agenda 2030 framework, four targets and indicators associated with Goal 4, and relevant global laws, policies, guidelines, and frameworks, the team focused on existing data as well as data gaps to evaluate the current state of LGBTI inclusion in Goal 4 implementation. Based on the client’s advocacy priorities, the team addressed inclusive and equal access to secondary, tertiary, and vocational training, with specific emphasis on violence against LGBTI students, bullying and victimization, and the existence of and access to safe and inclusive facilities and learning environments.

For each target – and for the document as a whole – the team developed recommendations for Member States on LGBTI inclusion into education policy and data collection, by highlighting where existing indicators are insufficient and by offering avenues for improvement.