The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS)  is a partner to the project entitled, “Ending Sexual Harassment and Violence in Third Level Education (ESHTE)“. The project aims to prevent and combat sexual violence and harassment (SVH) and build a culture of zero tolerance in universities and 3rd level institutions (UTLIs) throughout Europe through building; a feminist understanding and analysis, of the causes and effects of SVH.

Coordinators: National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI)

Partners: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (Cyprus), Rape Crisis Scotland (Scotland),   and Women’s Issues Information Center (Lithuania).

Associate Partners: University of Nicosia

The main objectives of the project are,

  1. Develop understanding and recognition of sexual violence and harassment (SVH) as being rooted in gender inequality and build capacity on the part of UTLIs  to combat and address it;
  2. Support UTLIs to articulate a clear message, commitment, set of core values, ethos procedures and protocols to build a Zero Tolerance Zone and provide opportunities for sharing models of good practice;
  3. Increase knowledge amongst UTLI staff, of the higher risk of SVH amongst young women and its negative impact on student’s academic performance and overall well-being;
  4. Raise awareness and provide information to students on; consent, the myths surrounding rape, supports available to victims, importance of reporting to the police, importance of naming and acknowledging experiences of SVH; and to
  5. Raise awareness of the particular experiences of SVH of students with disability and students from minority ethnic groups.

Activities 

  1. Production and dissemination of materials on rape myths, sexual assault and SVH as a crime, ways to report it and support services. I
  2. Production of a Toolkit on Mainstreaming SVH Intervention and Prevention in UTLIs.
  3. Delivery of 2 half day pilot training sessions with UTLl representatives in each partner country (Lithuania, Scotland, Ireland and Cyprus)
  4. Final European Project Conference in Dublin– Bringing together key European stakeholders and experts in the field to disseminate findings and good practice from the project
  5. Three dissemination seminars in each of the partner countries (Scotland, Lithuania and Cyprus).

Finally, the ESHTE project will be implemented by a partnership of 4 non-profit organisations along with several universities from 5 EU member states, and will last for 30 months.