Our project's National Advisory Committee (NAC) met on 5 December to discuss the development of resources and promotion of the 'It Stops Now' campaign to tackle sexual harassment and violence in third-level education in Ireland.
The NAC brings together representatives from third-level institutes, student unions, statutory and non-statutory bodies, and non-government organisations (NGOs) to guide the roll-out of our Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Third Level Education (ESHTE) project in Ireland.
The meeting gave the opportunity for the NAC to review the implementation of the 'It Stops Now' campaign, following the launch of the campaign video in October. Having secured significant engagement on the video release and in the wake of the #ThisIsNotConsent rallies in Ireland last month, further campaigning resources, such as stickers and posters, will also be shared with institutes and partners across the country.
The committee also discussed the six training modules which our project team across Europe has developed and piloted with representatives from numerous third-level institutes. These modules, along with other key resources and guidelines, will be shared in the ESHTE toolkit, which is currently in development.
The NAC pioneers an opportunity to meaningfully and collectively combat sexual violence and harassment in third-level education, particularly amid recent, progressive developments in the Irish higher education sector, such as the announcement of a new Gender Equality Action Plan from the Department of Education and Skills.
We're extremely grateful to all our NAC members for their support, guidance and innovation.