Welcome to the UniSAFE project
Making universities and research organisations safe from gender-based violence
UniSAFE comes to an end in January 2024, but it’s not the end of the story!
Starting in March 2024, the GenderSAFE project will build on the results and tools developed in UniSAFE to support research and higher education institutions in setting up comprehensive policies to effectively counteract gender-based violence.
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.
The UniSAFE project relies on a 7P model to address and combat violence, to assess the efficiency of modes of intervention and regulation and the institutional responses put into place to eradicate gender-based violence, including sexual harassment, in RPOs. At the core is the measure of the prevalence of gender-based violence, with the aim to understand the roles of university and research organisations in prevention, protection, prosecution, provision of services, supported by partnerships and policies.
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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