Six trainings for non-teaching staff “Gender-aware policies at organizational units of the University of Sarajevo“ held
During May and June 2022, six trainings for non-teaching staff “Gender-aware policies in the organizational units of the University of Sarajevo”, organized by the Council for Gender Equality UNSA and UNIGeRC were held. The lecturers were professors from the University of Sarajevo, who are also members of the UNSA Gender Equality Council, and a total of 60 people from almost all organizational units of the University of Sarajevo were trained.
On 16 June 16, 2022, the last in a series of trainings was held, led by Prof. Dr. Ajla Demiragić from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo, and the workshop was attended by representatives of the Institute for Research of Crimes against Humanity and International Law, the Institute of History, the Institute of Language and the Academy of Music.
Gender discrimination and gender-based violence from a legal point of view were discussed, and the results of a regional UNIGEM survey covering 18 public and private universities in BiH, Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia were presented. On this occasion, the results of research related to the situation at UNSA were presented and it was shown how the following questions were answered: What do respondents (students, teachers and administrative staff) at universities know about gender and gender-based violence? How do university respondents generally perceive gender-based violence? How do women and men who have been exposed to gender-based violence react to what they do (do they report, seek psychological help, etc.?) Do women and men who have been exposed to some form of gender-based violence do they understand to what extent it affects their careers, jobs, the way they treat their colleagues? What prevention measures and protection mechanisms do they see as necessary and effective? What changes do they consider important in the organizational culture of universities and society in general? Only some of the most important findings of the research show: Poor understanding of basic concepts such as gender and gender: over 50% of respondents with UNSA believe that gender and gender are concepts with the same meaning. Poor understanding of the term “sexism”: only 57% of respondents indicated that it was an insult based on gender. Administrative staff often have experiences with unsolicited comments, which are sent directly, by phone, e-mail, e-mail or SMS (over 40%). These forms of behavior most often took place in the Faculty premises. They also discussed the UNSA Gender Equality Action Plan, as well as the Protocol on Action in Cases of Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment as a Form of Violence in Administrative Bodies, Public Enterprises, Public Institutions and Legal Entities Founded by Sarajevo Canton, and Guidelines for Prevention. sexual and gender-based harassment, harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity and sexual characteristics at OJ UNSA.
Education on these topics will continue from the fall of 2022 for teaching staff and students.
The training is organized as part of the project “Introduction of gender mainstreaming in higher education” (UNIGEM) funded by the Government of the United Kingdom, and its implementation is carried out by the TPO Foundation.