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Join Rachel Krys, Co-Director, End Violence Against Women to discuss current issues around sexual harassment and the challenges that wider cultural attitudes bring to issues of tackling abuse against women and girls.

Tackling sexual harassment and sexual violence – what has #MeToo achieved?

In the year #MeToo became a global phenomenon, with women in many countries speaking out sometimes for the first time about sexual harassment and sexual violence, are we seeing progress? Are our institutions prepared to make the changes needed to prevent and properly respond to sexual violence? Is our justice system fit for purpose and able to deliver justice? Are the powerful still able to act with impunity and use the system to silence their victims?

Rachel Krys, co-director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, will talk about her experience of campaigning to end sexual violence in the last year. Sharing the latest findings from new research into attitudes which reinforce victim blaming and allow rapists off the hook, Rachel will talk about the progress being made and the challenges which remain.

Rachel Krys Biography

Rachel Krys is co-Director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, a UK-wide coalition of women’s organisations working to end all forms of violence against women and girls, including domestic and sexual violence, forced marriage, FGM, trafficking, abuse related to prostitution, stalking, sexual harassment and more. The Coalition lobbies national and local government to improve its policy and practice in these areas (from criminal justice to welfare, education and health). EVAW’s campaigning for better prevention and response includes commentating in the media and using strategic litigation to challenge inequality and barriers to justice. EVAW successfully intervened in the Supreme Court challenge to the Metropolitan Police in their handling of the investigation of the rapist John Worboys, and has played a significant role in campaigning for a Whole School Approach to tackling sexual violence and harassment, including calling for statutory relationships and sex education. EVAW and members are currently campaigning for an end to end review of how the criminal justice system responds to sexual violence crimes.

Previously, Rachel worked for 15 years with employers, campaigning for inclusive workplaces and tackling discrimination at work. Most recently Rachel was part of the team which set up Equally Ours, a strategic communications campaign working to reframe the conversation about equality and human rights in the UK.

European led initiatives have undoubtedly changed the nature of equality policies in the Member States. Women in the UK have benefited greatly from membership of the EU/EEC; thus, looking at Brexit as a process provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the relationship, and patterns of influence, between European and national legislation. For this year's Lecture, we warmly welcome Roberta Guerrina, Professor of Politics at the University of Surrey and expert in EU gender politics and policies.

Professor Guerrina is interested in understanding the impact of gender (hierarchies) on key policy areas traditionally seen as gender neutral, such as Brexit, Security and Defence. Currently, she is working on the unintended gender consequences of the UK's withdrawal from the EU. She has published in the area of Brexit; Women, Peace & Security; work-life balance; Identity politics and the idea of Europe. She is also Jean Monnet Chair and co-founder of the UACES funded collaborative research network "Gendering EU Studies".

She co-authored one of the leading articles on the gendered impact of the UK's withdrawal from the EU: "Walking in the Shadow of EU Law" (with Annick Masselot) and during this talk she will explore the gendered nature of the process of withdrawing from the European Union.

IoA : Respect at Work new Thu 13 Jun 2019   11:00 Finished

The Institute of Astronomy is hosting “Dignity and Respect at Work” workshops for ALL staff as part of the University wide E&D policy and training programme.

To be held in the Sackler Lecture Theatre in the Hoyle Building

IoA : Respect at Work new Thu 21 Mar 2019   11:00 Finished

Sackler Lecture Theatre in the Hoyle Building

Let’s Talk About Race new Wed 17 Oct 2018   12:30 Finished

During this event we will share what we know about the racial composition of the University and what staff and students have told us about their experiences.

We will present the institutional action plan to improve racial equality at Cambridge and will seek your feedback.

The Vice-Chancellor will also reflect on the University’s aspirations and the way forward towards a more inclusive University.

A light lunch will be provided from 12noon.

How we view ourselves and the world around us impacts our ability to dream and achieve.

This session thinks about how an entrepreneurial mind set can help you identify new opportunities, solve problems and make change in your working and personal life.

Managing Stress in Times of Uncertainty new Wed 11 Dec 2019   14:00 Finished

Stress and its partner anxiety are part of life for us all. In fact, without them, we would not achieve nearly as much as we do. However, too much stress can become problematic. In these times of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to prioritise our mental health, to recognise when we and others are struggling, and to find strategies to help us manage its impact. This talk will put stress and anxiety in context and offer ways in which to think about and manage their effect on us both physiologically and mentally.

Presenter: Ashley Meggitt MSc Ashley is an associate lecturer and research psychologist working at Anglia Ruskin University. He holds a master's degree in psychology and is studying for his PhD. He spent 25 years of his first career working within the Cambridge University and College environment and is well versed with many of the challenges this brings. He has also spent the last 5 years volunteering for a mental health charity.

Menopause Café - Clinical Schools new Thu 12 Dec 2019   10:30 CANCELLED

Menopause Cafés exist to increase awareness of the impact of the menopause on those experiencing it, their friends, colleagues, and families.

Anybody interested in sharing stories, experiences, and questions about menopause is welcome!

New Online Career Development Tool new Thu 5 Dec 2019   10:00 Finished

This is a chance to see a demonstration of the new Online Career Development Tool.

During its pilot phase, the new tool is available to participants on the Professional Services Career Development Programme https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/cppd/event/2998518

The CDP is designed to support career development and progression, and particularly welcomes women, BAME staff and other under-represented groups.

After evaluation of the pilot, it is intended that the tool will become available to other Professional Services staff.

OHS & UCS : WDYDTL? new Wed 25 Sep 2019   00:00 Finished

UTBS created 30 Oct 19 - from paper records

Race Awareness Training new Fri 29 Nov 2019   12:30 Finished

This will be an interactive workshop for those who would like to increase their understanding of race and racism.

The aim of the session is not only to enhance participants' confidence in speaking about race but also to provide them with tools to reflect on their role in the circulation of racism, and to build their capacity to challenge racism.

VENUE: Ede Room, Kettle's Yard - Castle Street

Race Awareness Training - Dignity at Work Contacts new Thu 21 Mar 2019   12:00 Finished

Session run by Joanna J & Karun M

Not pre-booked - entered after the event finished to record attendance

Race awareness: Understanding and challenging racism new Wed 25 Sep 2019   09:30 Finished

This session is an interactive workshop for staff with HR related roles who would like to increase their understanding of ‘race’ and racism.

The aim of the session is not only to enhance the participants’ confidence in speaking about ‘race’ but also to provide them with tools to reflect on their role in the circulation of racism and to build their capacity to challenge racism.

This session is for staff in HR related roles and will:

  • Introduce the Recruitment Policy, including the key principles that underpin good recruitment practice.
  • Explore how to write an effective recruitment advert, in terms of structure and content.
  • Present analysis of recruitment advertising at the University and suggest methods of effective advertising practice.
Reporting Racism at Cambridge new Tue 19 Feb 2019   12:00 Finished

Talking about 'race' and racism is difficult as these issues are complex and rarely discussed particularly by White people. Our research and a number of national inquiries show that BAME staff and students experience racism more frequently than is reported.

Come along to this event to learn about the Collegiate and University systems that are in place to report and investigate racial discrimination. We will also discuss patterns in experiencing and reporting racism at the University and nationally.

Our speakers include:

Mike Ainsworth, Director of London Services for Stop Hate UK

Devika Ranjan, The Whistle project, co-developer of the "End Everyday Racism" online reporting tool created at the University's Sociology Department

Sarah d’Ambrumenil, Head of Office of Student Conduct, Complaints and Appeals

Emma Mason, HR, Lead on cultural change initiatives

Kusam Leal, University BAME Staff Network Co-Chair

Joanna Jasiewicz, E&D Consultant

Research Office - WDYDTL ? new Tue 12 Feb 2019   00:00 Finished

UTBS created 30 October 2019 - from paper records kept

Sainsbury Lab - Dignity at Work new Wed 4 Sep 2019   10:00 Finished

List created after date from emailed list of names Sainsbury Lab and Botanic Garden staff attended same session List separated for stat purposes.

SAP Forum new Thu 11 Oct 2018   15:30 Finished

Senior Academic Promotions (SAP) Open Forum

Hosted by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations, Professor Eilís Ferran, this session will provide an overview of the University's Senior Academic Promotions (SAP) procedure, highlight the main changes to the process, provide an overview of the SAP CV Scheme and address some common misconceptions.

SPACE Network Event: Listening to Parents and Carers new Mon 4 Nov 2019   12:30 Finished

The University’s SPACE network (supporting staff who are parents and carers), is holding 3 open meetings for current and new members to gain feedback on SPACE activities, events, topics etc. We are also looking for new network committee members to represent parents, carers from a range of staff groups and University sites.

SPACE Network Event: Listening to Parents and Carers new Tue 29 Oct 2019   12:30 Finished

The University’s SPACE network (supporting staff who are parents and carers), is holding 3 open meetings for current and new members to gain feedback on SPACE activities, events, topics etc. We are also looking for new network committee members to represent parents, carers from a range of staff groups and University sites.

SPACE Network Event: Listening to Parents and Carers new Thu 31 Oct 2019   12:30 Finished

The University’s SPACE network (supporting staff who are parents and carers), is holding 3 open meetings for current and new members to gain feedback on SPACE activities, events, topics etc. We are also looking for new network committee members to represent parents, carers from a range of staff groups and University sites.

This session will provide staff in HR related roles with an overview of how to best support managers with staff who are about to go on, or return from, a period of family leave.

Trans Awareness new Mon 8 Jul 2019   12:30 Finished

This session will set the wider context for trans identities, provide greater understanding of the experience of trans people and explore uses of language and key terms such as cisgender, non-binary and transgender, all in a safe supportive environment.

Trans Awareness new Wed 13 Feb 2019   12:30 Finished

This session will set the wider context for trans identities, provide greater understanding of the experience of trans people and explore uses of language and key terms such as cisgender, non-binary and transgender, all in a safe supportive environment. 

Trans Awareness new Wed 21 Nov 2018   12:30 Finished

This session will set the wider context for Trans identities, provide greater understanding of the experience of Trans people and explore uses of language and key terms such as cisgender, non-binary and transgender, all in a safe supportive environment. 

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