HeForShe event aims to tackle gender violence on campus

On Tuesday 29 November, the University will hold a HeForShe Global Ideathon which invites staff and students to help generate ways in which universities can tackle gender violence on campuses worldwide.

The Ideathon will kick off with a launch event outside the David Wilson Library at 11am where ideas for change can be submitted and people can show their support for the HeForShe movement by leaving a hand print on a large collage.

From 4-6pm in the Council Suite of the Fielding Johnson Building, participants will take part in a facilitated round-table discussion in order to generate ideas on how to tackle the gender violence issue.

For the most part, the university experience will be a safe, welcoming environment but incidents do occur on campuses worldwide.

According to YouthSight 2015, 1 in 3 female students and 1 in 8 male students have experienced gender based violence on university campuses in the UK.

The University of Leicester and University of Leicester Student’s Union have a range of support available for its staff and students including a Student Welfare Service, staff and student Counselling and Wellbeing team, a Students’ Union-led confidential listening service Nightline – which all fall under the collaborative campaign ‘Standing Together’.

Five suggestions from the day on how universities can tackle gender violence on campus will be chosen and pitched to a panel of senior University management, including the President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle, who will select three that can then be shared on all HeForShe social media channels.

Watch a video of University staff and students discussing gender violence below