HeForShe event at University of Leicester aims to tackle gender violence on campus

Posted by er134 at Nov 23, 2016 01:40 PM |
Global Ideathon event on Tuesday 29 November invites suggestions from students on how to tackle gender violence issue

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 23 November 2016

You can watch, download and embed a new video showing members of the University of Leicester community discussing gender-based violence at: https://youtu.be/vlvkFeGgbtM

Photo/ media opportunities available 11-2pm on Tuesday 29 November, outside the David Wilson Library on University of Leicester campus. Contact Vic Russell at: vlh14@leicester.ac.uk to arrange

On Tuesday 29 November, the University of Leicester will hold a HeForShe Global Ideathon which invites staff and students to help generate ways in which universities can tackle gender violence on campuses worldwide.

The Ideathon will kick off with a launch event outside the David Wilson Library at 11am where ideas for change can be submitted and people can show their support for the HeForShe movement by leaving a hand print on a large collage.

From 4-6pm in the Council Suite of the Fielding Johnson Building, participants will take part in a facilitated round-table discussion in order to generate ideas on how to tackle the gender violence issue.

HeForShe is the UN Women’s global solidarity movement which provides a systematic approach and targeted platform where a global audience can engage and become change agents for the achievement of gender equality in our lifetime.

For the most part, the university experience will be a safe, welcoming environment but incidents do occur on campuses worldwide.

According to YouthSight 2015, 1 in 3 female students and 1 in 8 male students have experienced gender based violence on university campuses in the UK.

The University of Leicester and University of Leicester Student’s Union have a range of support available for its staff and students including a Student Welfare Service, staff and student Counselling and Wellbeing team, a Students’ Union-led confidential listening service Nightline – which all fall under the collaborative campaign ‘Standing Together’.

Five suggestions from the day on how universities can tackle gender violence on campus will be chosen and pitched to a panel of senior University management, including the President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle, who will select three that can then be shared on all HeForShe social media channels.

President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle said: “As a HeForShe IMPACT Champion along with only nine other universities worldwide, the University of Leicester is at the forefront of making change and tackling serious issues such as gender violence.

“We know that the best solutions to some of the greatest issues young people face will be voiced by students themselves.  The Ideathon is a fantastic way of gathering imaginative ideas from our students about how to tackle gender-based violence.  We will take heed of all their suggestions, and the three most compelling will then be shared with UN Women and contribute towards a global toolkit of solutions to address this issue.”

Dr Kate Williams, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality and Diversity, said: “Gender violence encompasses all types of gender-related bullying and intimidation, some of which may be seen by the perpetrator as merely 'joking' or ‘banter’. Gender violence can be verbal as well as physical, can take place online and men can be victims as well as women. Of course none of this is acceptable.

“As a University, we are working to reduce and ultimately eliminate all gender violence from campus and hope the Ideathon will get people talking about the issue and come up with ways to tackle it.”

For more information about the event and how to take part, visit: http://www2.le.ac.uk/institution/heforshe/global-ideathon

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For more information about the event contact Vic Russell at: vlh14@leicester.ac.uk

For more information about the support available to staff and students at Leicester contact: Gill McIntyre at: geb13@leicester.ac.uk

About HeForShe

UN Women is the UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. For more information, visit www.unwomen.org.

Created by UN Women, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality provides a systematic approach and targeted platform on which men and boys can engage and become change agents towards the achievement of gender equality. HeForShe invites men and boys to build on the work of the women's movement as equal partners, crafting and implementing a shared vision of gender equality that will benefit all of humanity. For more information, visit www.heforshe.org.

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