Sexual harassment constitutes a human rights violation and therefore the topic has to be put on the agenda of publicly funded institutions most of all in times when right-wing populists not only try to discredit women’s rights but also gender equality and gender research. To effectively address sexual harassment at the university level, more knowledge on prevalence, manifestations and effects as well as on favorable and prohibitive circumstances is required. As sexual harassment is a global phenomenon and universities in many countries (as well as societies as a whole) struggle in addressing the topic, implementing an international perspective on the topic will be very useful for a deeper understanding and very insightful in order to achieve change.
This conference is part of an international research project that explores prevalence, manifestations and effects of sexual harassment in the higher education context as well as it inquires structural implications such as favorable and prohibitive circumstances for sexual harassment from a student perspective in selected universities in Latin America, Germany and South Korea. Even though many universities are committed to gender equality and to diversity, sexual harassment continues to be a taboo topic and is often mistakenly considered to be not relevant at the university level. As studies show and experiences of activists attest, sexual harassment is as widespread at universities as in any other societal contexts. Prevalence and manifestations of the phenomenon may differ though.
More information about the conference will follow soon.
13.06.2018 - 15.06.2018
Freie Universität Berlin
Heike Pantelmann, Margherita von Brentano Center
Nina Lawrenz, Institute for Latin American Studies