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NUI Galway Campaign Supports End to Gender-Based Violence in Education

The Centre for Global Women’s Studies, and the MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights programme at NUI Galway, is supporting the international campaign ’16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’, which runs until 10 December. The Centre’s sixteen-day programme follows the theme, ‘Together We Can End Gender-Based Violence in Education’ focusing on education, including Irish schools and third-level institutions.

On Wednesday 6 December, to mark the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre where 14 female students were murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, NUI Galway will host a series of events and talks that are free and open to the public, students and staff from 2pm to 5.30pm.

Guided Walks entitled ‘Understanding Gender-Based Violence in Education’ will take place on campus from 2pm to 4pm, starting and ending at NUI Galway’s Quadrangle.

This will be followed by a Ceremonial Lighting of the Quadrangle in orange as part of the global ‘Orange the World’ campaign, and talks by organisers of the event.

There will also be keynote addresses in the Emily Anderson Concert Hall at the Quadrangle, by Professor Niamh Reilly, School of Political Science and Sociology, and Professor Anne Scott, Vice-President of Equality and Diversity at NUI Galway.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2017 campaign aims to build awareness, and advocate for an end to all forms of gender-based violence in education.

Gender-based violence is any form of physical, sexual or psychological violence directed towards an individual on the basis of stereotypes, norms, or roles associated with sexual or gendered identity.

Dr Stacey Scriver from the Centre for Global Women’s Studies at the School of Political Science and Sociology at NUI Galway, said:

“Violence in education is not only a problem for developing countries. Evidence shows that men and women in Ireland are also impacted by violence in and around educational institutes. We all have a role to play in ending gender-based violence in education. Participating in the 16 Days of Activism campaign and developing understanding and awareness of how this issue affects young men and women globally and locally is one small, but significant, way to contribute.”

Dr Nata Duvvury, Director of the Centre for Global Women’s Studies at NUI Galway, highlighted:

“The ramifications of violence in education are enormous, affecting the capabilities of young people and limiting their future potential, and thus effectively undermining their hopes and expectations of getting an education.”

Programme of Events for the Day

  • 2pm-4pm – Guided Walks on campus starting and ending at the Quadrangle, including talks by Lindsey Bacigal, MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights, Dr Amie Lajoie, School of Political Science and Sociology and Dr Nata Duvvury, Centre for Global Women’s Studies at NUI Galway, and Dr Kieran Kennedy, School of Medicine, NUI Galway and the Galway Sexual Assault Treatment Unit.
  • 4pm-4.30pm – Talks from Professor Niamh Reilly and Professor Anne Scott, NUI Galway in the Emily Anderson Concert Hall, followed by the Ceremonial Lighting of the Quadrangle in orange, as part of the ‘Orange the World’ campaign.
  • 4.30pm-5.30pm – Bake Sale to support Galway Rape Crisis Centre and Plan International in the Emily Anderson Concert Hall.

To support NUI Galway’s campaign online, follow on:

Twitter @GlobalWS_NUIG and @16DaysCampaign and #16days or on Facebook at globalwomensstudiesnuig.

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