The Brazilian Network of Women Scientists, which brings together researchers from across the country and aims to compile data as well as promote actions in favor of women, launched the national campaign #ZeroHarassment in higher education institutions. The idea is, through monthly lives, to seek the support of the ministries of Education, Justice, Women and Human Rights and Citizenship for the women’s cause.
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The campaign aims to stimulate debate to draw attention and combat the culture of harassment that affects teachers, students, administrative technicians and outsourced professionals in academic spaces.
In a survey carried out by Data Popular and Instituto Avon, in 2015, with 1,823 university students, 67% of students said they had suffered sexual, psychological, moral or physical violence committed by a man in higher education institutions.
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According to the study “The profile of the Brazilian scientist at the beginning and mid-career” (2022), 47% of women suffered sexual harassment and 67% were victims of moral harassment during their career (Academia Brasileira de Ciências – ABC).
The research carried out in 2020 by Bianca Beltrame, from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), with 71 Federal Higher Education Institutions (Ifes) in Brazil, demonstrated that the majority of Ifes that responded to the questionnaire, 52.3% , does not yet have any harassment prevention policy. Of these, 70% also do not have measures to combat the problem.
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“Faced with this serious reality, we count on your support in mobilizing to give visibility to the issue and request the coordination of public universities and federal institutes to implement measures to prevent moral and sexual harassment, protocols for forwarding complaints and accepting victims”, states a statement from the Network.
The lives that have taken place so far are recorded and can be watched on the Brazilian Network of Women Scientists channel.
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Eduardo Miranda