Ending Sexual Harassment and Violence in Third-Level Education Conference

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On Thursday 7th March 2019, in Liberty Hall Theatre, the National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI) will host its ESHTE Conference to explore the challenges of, and solutions to, sexual violence and harassment (SVH) in higher education, sharing the learnings arising through its European Union (EU) ESHTE project.

Bringing together a broad range of stakeholders from across Europe, the conference will examine the prevalence and culture of SVH in higher education, discuss various approaches and interventions, and consider how students, institutes, support services and other partners can meaningfully collaborate to combat and prevent SVH.

The conference will draw on the findings of the ESHTE project, led by the NWCI, which aims to build a culture of zero tolerance to SVH in third level institutions throughout Europe.

What topics will this conference address?

Based across a series of keynotes speeches, panel discussions and workshops, topics covered during the conference will include:

  • collaborative approaches to tackling SVH
  • the role of student leadership in creating culture change
  • ongoing SVH prevention initiatives
  • campaigning for change
  • investigation policies on SVH
  • trauma-informed supports for SVH survivors

and much more.

Who will be speaking?

The full line-up for the conference will be announced shortly; speakers include:

  • Minister of State for Higher Education in Ireland, Mary Mitchell O'Connor
  • Ellen O'Malley Dunlop, Chair of the NWCI
  • Dr Ruth Lewis, Associate Professor at the University of Northumbria
  • Dr Katrin List, Technical University (TU) of Dortmund
  • Dr Louise Crowley, Vice Dean at University College Cork (UCC)
  • Síona Cahill, President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI)
  • Aisling Cusack, Equality Officer of the USI
  • Dr Pádraig MacNeela, Senior Lecturer at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG).

What is the ESHTE project?

The ESHTE project aims to prevent and combat SVH in third-level institutes across Europe. Funded by the European Commission, project partners include the NWCI, the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) in Cyprus, Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS), the Women's Issues Information Centre (WIIC) in Lithuania and the Women's Equality Commissioner, LMU Munich in Germany.

Each project partner works closely with higher education institutes, student leadership bodies, statutory agencies, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in each country, creating a cohesive network of stakeholders focused on combatting SVH against women.


Please note that this Conference is free of charge. A light lunch will be provided on the day. Tickets for this FREE EVENT can be booked via this link: www.eventbrite.ie/e/ending-sexual-harassment-and-violence-in-third-level-education-conference-tickets-55712977014

If you have any accessibility requirements or special dietary requirements, please advise Susan McCormack in advance of the event by emailing susanmc@nwci.ie or calling +353 1 679 0100.