Welcome to the UniSAFE project
Making universities and research organisations safe from gender-based violence
UniSAFE is an EU-funded project that aims to produce better knowledge on gender-based violence and sexual harassment (GBV) in research performing organisations (RPOs), and to translate this knowledge into operational tools for higher education, research organisations and policymakers.
Research and outreach activities targeting researchers, stakeholders and policymakers will be led across Europe for three years. The project will analyse the mechanisms of gender-based violence (GBV) – its social determinants, antecedents and consequences – at three different levels, using a holistic research model. This in-depth knowledge of existing problems, current and future priorities will result in an operational toolkit and recommendations to reduce GBV in the European academic and research area.
Understand the context
Map and analyse existing knowledge on gender-based violence in research and performing organisations, and the national policies and legal frameworks to combat it
By September 2021
Collect quantitative evidence
Conduct a survey on the prevalence and impacts of gender-based violence among 45 universities and research and performing organisations in 15 EU States, and analyse the data.
January – September 2022
Gather qualitative evidence
Investigate organisational responses and infrastructure in 15 EU States through in-depth case studies, interviews, and strategic mapping of research organisations’ policies.
June 2021 – September 2022
Provide Insights and Tools
Develop concrete recommendations, a toolbox, and trainings to support universities and research organisations in developing policies and action plans.
By September 2023
Empower stakeholders to implement effective policies.
Until January 2024
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