(Genderweek 2022) Bystander Workshop "Act against sexual harassment" for Students

Wednesday 09 March 2022, 17:00 to 18:30


The #metoo movement has broken the silence on harassment and shown its prevalence in all spheres of society. According to the results of a recent large-scale study, two-thirds of the Belgian population (aged 16 to 69) have experienced some form of sexual violence during their lifetime. Harassment and sexual violence are present in universities and educational settings. This has not only became clear the recent weeks, but has been previously shown in various studies.

It is high time to critically examine existing power structures at the university, and within our society, and to provide more effective procedures that respond adequately to complaints of any form of transgressive behaviour at work, including discrimination and racism. Beyond policies and making more effective reporting mechanisms, one tool that has proven to be effective when it comes to harassment prevention is bystander intervention training. Like last year, we organize a bystander intervention training for students.

If you are a student, please click here to register.

During this workshop, we will talk about: 

  • how to identify harassment and be aware of its warning signs using the Red Flag System developed in Period’s “It’s Not That Grey” Guide on sexual harassment
  • concrete tools and methods to intervene as a bystander to stop harassment from developing further 
  • how to create positive change by changing the culture around harassment and sexual violence in your own surrounding 

The workshop is hosted by external trainer Juliette Sanchez-Lambert, one of the authors of the book “Its not that grey” and is open to all students of all genders. 

This event is organized by the VUB Equality Team, VUB RHEA and Brussels School of Governance