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13.12.2021. 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Observed at International Burch University As a part of the Universities and Gender Mainstreaming project coordinated by the Transcultural Psychosocial Educational Foundation (TPO Foundation), 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence was marked at International Burch University with a series of informative workshops on the topic and marked the beginning of efforts to develop a comprehensive, evidence-based Gender Equality Plan.

16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence is a worldwide campaign that lasts from November 25 – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – until December 10 – the International Human Rights Day, marking the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It has been observed annually since 1991, making this year’s the 30th iteration thereof.


To commemorate the observance, the Gender Issues Advisory Board of International Burch University organized several workshops for over 150 students – or around 10% of the entire student population – on the topic of gender-based violence, its individual and social effects, and avenues of redress, resources, and support available.


As a part of the workshops, students were surveyed for their stances on various aspects of gender-based violence, including how they defined GBV, what they considered to be GBV, experience with GBV and responses, imagined and actual alike, thereto. This data will be scaled up during the summer semester of the academic year and then analyzed along with two further streams of research in order to inform the development of the Gender Equality Plan.


Research into the nexus of gender, curriculum, and employability prospects of graduates was also commenced during the workshops, with the initial research design being tested with participants using a co-creation method that empowers respondents as joint designers of the research, along with the researchers actually conducting the research.


In addition, an anonymized review of former and current students’ educational data – such as discount rates, regular and weighted GPAs, course grades, and individual assignment grades – was commenced and will further inform the design of the Gender Equality Plan, expected to be adopted in late March by the University Senate after a series of wide-ranging consultations with various stakeholders.