We’ve completed two important pieces of work supporting our Tackling Harassment and Violence Against Women Action Plan. We’ve developed our Tackling Misogyny, Sexism, Harassment and Sexual Violence Against Women Policy and our Domestic Abuse Policy. We’ve also reviewed our Personal Relationship Statement.
Our Tackling Misogyny policy outlines the University’s approach to misogyny, harassment, sexism and sexual violence towards women. The policy will help us create a culture where individuals feel safe and empowered to speak up when they experience or witness examples of misogyny within the University community (whether on campus or at home).
This is the first policy of its kind in the Higher Education sector, and we are proud to be leading the way in tackling misogyny in education. It explains the process for reporting instances of misogyny and outlines the subsequent actions that will be taken. The policy also gives examples of acts and behaviours rooted in misogyny, including:
as well as definitions of sexual harassment and violence, and domestic abuse.
Take a look at the full Policy on Tackling Misogyny and Sexual Violence Against Women (.pdf).
Our Domestic Abuse Policy was created to:
The policy outlines how domestic abuse can present itself, how to report instances of domestic abuse, and what support is available for victims and survivors of domestic abuse. It also explains the actions that can be taken towards perpetrators of domestic abuse who work or study at the University community.
Take a look at the full Domestic Abuse Policy (.pdf).
We’ve revised our statement on personal relationships to help create a safe and inclusive environment for our staff and students.
The revised statement covers:
Director of Inclusion, People & Culture, University of Essex
Elaine is a chartered member of the CIPD and has worked as a senior HR professional for over 15 years in various sectors including Higher Education, Further Education and Local Government. As our Director of Inclusion, she works towards achieving positive cultural change and ensuring inclusive practice is embedded across the institution. Elaine believes in affecting positive change and champions Equality Diversity and Inclusion.