The University of Alicante is committed to eradicating gender violence through education
From today, the UA will start a campaign committed to meet face to face with gender violence, an observatory for equality and a project against sexual harassment
Alicante, 24 November 2014
In 2013, 22% of victims of domestic violence were aged between 21 and 30 years. Ages that correspond to university students, and suggest that next victim can be one of our students or friends. This has been one aspect of the data reported by Director of the Gender Equality Unit of the University of Alicante Mª José Rodríguez, during the events that start today on campus around the celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Assuming the social responsibility of the UA and taking as reference the persistent inequality between women and men, the spot ‘UA comes face to face’ was presented during the ceremony and will be active throughout this academic year. This is an awareness and information campaign that promotes the elimination of social stereotypes regarding the roles played by women and men, contributing to the construction of gender relations based on respect and responsibility, promoting the participation of women and men in all areas of society in equal terms and sensitising, informing and preventing sexual harassment, gender harassment and gender violence.
The campaign is aimed at the university community and the Alicante society, and especially at secondary and upper-secondary education schools as well as at vocational training schools. For this purpose, the UA General Foundation’s Image Workshop, has produced an spot with the participation of 30 members of all groups of our university community: students, researchers, teachers and administrative staff. Also, student of Criminology David Garcia, has lent his voice and lyrics to the campaign with a rap, and Paula Nunez, student of Advertising and Public Relations, has been the leading face of the spot.
Observatory for Gender Equality
In the context of the institutional Gender Equality Plan 2, Rodriguez presented the Observatory for Gender Equality between women and men. It is a statistical tool to provide visibility of women and their experiences in the UA as well as to quantify gender inequalities.
Also, under the its programme to support equality, the UA la UA the UA has enabled a project on awareness and information against sexual harassment. This is a collection of audio visual and educational resources, as well as a selection of web pages, classified by educational cycles and objectives in each of them. This commitment will be reinforced from next year by an activity programme that will be developed at the newly opened building Banco Sabadell, a space dedicated to socially responsible knowledge, as stated by director of the UA Gender Equality Unit.
The event around 25N ended up with the handing our ceremony of the 3rd Tweet Contest awards from UA President Manuel Palomar. Over the more 235 tweets received, the first prize went to “Que la fuerza no te acompañe” by Nuria García, 2nd-year student in the joint programme Law and Business Administration, the second went to “Dir PROU és la clau que obri tots els panys” by doctoral student of the Faculty of Arts, Encarnación Ibarra; and the third to “Vi0lenc1a de 6énero, 016. Denuncia ya” by Boanerges Meza, a 3rd-year student in Advertising and Public Relations.
Palomar has stressed the importance of moving towards effective gender equality between women and men and eradicating gender violence through education. as he stated, we all have to start building the foundations of an egalitarian society and he encouraged the university community to spread this message by uploading an individual or collective selfie through Instagram, Twitter or Facebook including the hashtag # UA25N mentioning @UA_Universidad o @UA_Universitat”.