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EMBRACE EQUALITY - TACKLING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN EDUCATION

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EMBRACE EQUALITY - a free event which focuses on tackling negative gender stereotypes and preventing gender-based violence through education

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The EMBRACE EQUALITY conference brings together a wide range of voices and stakeholders to highlight the importance of, and current work within education in Ireland to promote gender equality and prevent gender-based violence. The voice of students, educators, researchers, advocacy groups and policy makers will be featured.

  • Addressing Gender-Equality through Education and Introduction to the SAFER project

SAFER is an EU-funded project (2018-2020) aiming to challenge gender roles and gender stereotypes and to raise awareness about, and - ultimately - to prevent gender-based violence and its effects. SAFER involves work with teachers, pupils, school principals, school management and parents, as well as policy makers to develop and promote gender-sensitive pedagogy from the early years of education.

  • Developing the Bystander Intervention (Keynote address by Dr. Louise Crowley, UCC)

Dr. Crowley will present on her work in developing the Bystander Intervention programme at UCC, designed to educate, upskill and empower students in Higher Education Institutions to effect cultural change by demanding a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of sexual harassment and abuse. This year, its transition to an online platform has made it available to all 22,000 students at UCC. The programme has also been adapted for use in secondary level, and will be piloted this school year with Transition Year students attending 7 schools in Cork city and county. Roll out of the online Bystander programme to all third level institutions across Ireland has recently commenced, and is supported by the Minister for Higher Education as a key response to the Framework for Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions.

Dr Louise Crowley is a Senior Lecturer in Family Law at the School of Law, UCC and is the author of the leading Irish family law text, Family Law. Her research focuses on Irish domestic violence laws and services, examining the gendered nature of their structure and impact including an examination of the manner in which the Istanbul Convention has mandated more recent legislative reforms. This research has involved engagement with service providers and service users, including collaborations with MOVE Ireland, the ItStopsNow campaign and Tusla. Separately, Louise is the Director of the Bystander Intervention programme at UCC and is the Director of the Children’s Rights and Family Law LLM at UCC, which incorporates two clinical modules, allowing faculty and students to conduct research and develop initiatives to enhance the user experience in the Irish family law system.

  • Presentation of the SAFER research findings by Dr. Deirdre MacIntyre

“Perspectives on, and experiences of, gender stereotypes, gender roles and gender-based violence in Irish primary schools – the views of pupils, teachers, principals and policy-makers and steps towards prevention”

Research exploring gender stereotypes and experiences of young students, teachers, principals and policy-makers in Ireland and comparisons with other European countries will be presented by Dr. Deirdre MacIntyre, Co-Investigator on SAFER, Director and Co-Founder of Institute of Child Education and Psychology Europe and co-author of the Stay Safe Programme - a nationally implemented child protection programme

  • The voice of students

A team of students from Bush Post Primary school will showcase their award winning "Lets Talk Consent" project. The team, made up of both girls and boys, wanted to help young people to understand the meaning of consent in an accessible way. The team produced a scripted podcast and an animated video that explains what consent means in an innovative, interesting and accessible way.

  • The voice of teachers

Principal Maeve Corish, Portrane Donabate Educate Together will discuss issues of gender equality in a primary school context

  • Advocacy groups

Caitlin Banke, UNICEF will provide an overview of UNICEF Ireland’s outreach and work with young people to address gender equality and prevent violence and discrimination.

  • Policy makers

Current developments in the review of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in primary and post-primary schools will be presented. An outline of review process, and the work and research involved with students, teachers and parent, which was conducted between June 2018 and March 2019 and draft findings will be presented by Paul Knox and Annette Honan of the NCCA.

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