UWS is proud to be supporting this year’s International 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence campaign, which runs from 25th November to 10th December 2019.
Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the University is committed to supporting this hugely important issue. Domestic violence can take many forms and it important to be aware that it could be affecting those around you.
We are working closely with our partners in the Students’ Union, the NHS, Police Scotland and local violence against women’s organisations to ensure that our University is a safe place for any student or member of staff who experiences violence or abuse. We will be promoting the campaign across the University campuses and across our social media channels.
As part of its commitment to tackling gender based violence the University recently introduced a bystander training programme for front line staff. We are developing a data collection tool for students and staff to report any experiences of gender based violence (GBV). This will enable anonymous reporting as well as the opportunity to disclose in confidence and seek support.
We regularly run GBV training days for staff and students and the two sessions planned for November and December have already been fully subscribed, highlighting how engaged students and colleagues are with this issue. In addition the UWS Standing Safe initiative and the Rosey Project are running a Gender Based Violence Prevention Information and Workshop Day later this week at our Paisley Campus.
UWS is not just committed to tackling the consequences of gender inequality, we want to promote equality across our institution. That is why initiatives like our Inspiring Women events are so important. We are proud of our achievement in being awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze charter which recognises our work to advance gender equality.
As part of 16 Days of Action colleagues and students across the University are pledging their support to the White Ribbon Campaign which encourages men to take a lead role in opposing violence against women.
UWS is committed to continue to work collaboratively to promote and improve gender equality at all levels of the University.
For more information on 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence click here.