Ending Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence in Third Level Education (ESHTE)

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The ESHTE (Ending Sexual Harassment and Sexual  Violence in Third Level Education) 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. The project seeks to prevent and combat sexual harassment and sexual violence against young women students in schools (3rd level institutions) and universities.  The project includes a focus on students with disability and students from minority ethnic groups. It is funded by the European Commission with an agreed budget allocated for specific actions to deliver the project between core partners.

A review of data on the prevalence of Sexual Harassment and Violence in Higher Education in the European Union

Project Objectives

Targeting students, male and female, as well as the administration of universities, the project aims to:

– Develop the 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 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;

– Raise awareness of the particular experiences of SVH of students with disability and students from minority ethnic groups.

Project Actions

– Produce report on the available data about the prevalence of SVH amongst students/young women in the partner countries and two additional countries;

– Develop and implement an awareness raising campaign targeting students, including students with disabilities and students with a minority background, and staff of UTLIs;

– Develop, test and disseminate a toolkit that can be used by UTLIs in order to work towards making their university a zero tolerance zone for SVH;

– Disseminate learnings through webinar, seminars, conference

– Complete an external evaluation of the project


Core Partners & Participating Institutions

CYPRUS-Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies

University of Nicosia

GERMANY-Women’s Representative, Ludwig Maximillians University, Munich

 IRELAND-National Women’s Council of Ireland

Dublin City University

University of Limerick

University College Cork

University College Dublin

Institute of Art, Design & Technology-IADT

Dundalk Institute of Technology

LITHUANIA-Women’s Issues Information Centre

Siauliai University

 SCOTLAND – Rape Crisis Scotland

University of Glasgow

Glasgow Caledonian University

 European Women’s Lobby

The Project runs from October 2016 until March 2019. A detailed timeframe including various work-streams has been agreed covering key actions and milestones including a campaign and dissemination of information through a variety of media.

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