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Breaking the silence - preventing harassment and sexual misconduct


International Women's Day Lecture 2018: Press for Progress by Being an Active Bystander

Friday 9 March  |  12.00-1:00pm  |  The McGrath Centre, St Catharine’s College

We are delighted that this year's lecture will be presented by Dr Rachel Fenton, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter. Dr Fenton will speak about her involvement in The Intervention Initiative, an evidence-based bystander intervention programme and toolkit for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence in UK university settings.

Rachel has a long-standing research interest in violence against women, with many publications about sexual offences and issues relating to gender and the law and has spoken widely on the topic. She has recently been appointed as the Speak Out Guardian for the University of Exeter academic staff.

Please book online to secure your place at this year’s lecture. A buffet lunch and refreshments will be available after the lecture.


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY SYMPOSIUM 2018 - organised by Pembroke College's graduate women's officer

The official IWD theme for 2018 is #PressForProgress, so the speakers will be talking about: What Is Still Left To Do?

  • Dr Ann Olivarius, who was named one of Nature's Top 10 in 2017 for her work fighting sexual harassment in academic institutions. She is, for instance, the lawyer behind the Rochester case.
  • Professor Nicky Padfield, Professor in Criminal and Penal Justice; Director, Cambridge Centre for Criminal Justice; Master, Fitzwilliam College
  • Lola Olufemi, student union's women's officer and the person behind the Decolonise Cambridge campaign

The symposium will take place in the Mill Lane Lecture Theatres, 5-6:30 pm on Wednesday March 7th. It is free to attend but registration is required here:


National Sexual Violence Awareness Week: 5-11 Feb '18

Cambridge continues its #breakingthesilence campaign to promote zero tolerance of sexual harassment during the UK's National National Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week (5-11 February 2018). Focusing on what we can all do to prevent harassment, it will launch with a film on our bystander training and continue with views and stories shared by our staff and students. Please join us in promoting zero tolerance of sexual harassment all this week. Click here for further details.



Time’s Up for Sexual Harassment. Twitter Trend or New Dawn on the Horizon?

As part of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2018, Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Cambridge ask if the movement to combat sexual harassment is just a Twitter trend, or can lead to real cultural change. Click here to register.

Thursday 8 February 2018, 17:30 – 19:00, Anglia Ruskin University