Thu, Jun 29|
Sexual Justice and Women’s Rights on UK Campuses
Join FGHR for a workshop on sexual justice on campus and the challenges of freedom of expression for women and female-presenting people.
Time & Location
Jun 29, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
About the event
Sexual violence is endemic on university campuses, with the rise of a 'r*pe culture' both within the student body and the institutional response to sexual violence. The academy has been accused of silencing survivors and protecting the perpetrators. Sexual violence is a heinous attack on one’s bodily autonomy, their dignity, their selfhood and ownership of their voice, it is a deeply personal crime that has significantlasting impacts. The response from academic institutions should be proportional to the gravity of such a crime and seek to protect the victim in all ways possible, however this is seldom the case on campuses. Activists around the UK, most of whom are survivors themselves, have been campaigning to restructure the institutional response to sexual violence on campuses and keep students safe.
This workshop will delve into the role institutions play in protecting vulnerable students, particularly those who are female-presenting and how student's freedom of expression is often compromised to protect the reputation of the institution at large. The broader importance of women's activism on campuses will be explored from a historical lens, looking at how being female-presenting alters the ability to practise one's freedom of expression.