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)
Associate Partners: University of Nicosia
The main objectives of the project are,
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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
- Raise awareness of the particular experiences of SVH of students with disability and students from minority ethnic groups.
- Production and dissemination of materials on rape myths, sexual assault and SVH as a crime, ways to report it and support services. I
- Production of a Toolkit on Mainstreaming SVH Intervention and Prevention in UTLIs.
- Delivery of 2 half day pilot training sessions with UTLl representatives in each partner country (Lithuania, Scotland, Ireland and Cyprus)
- 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
- 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.