International Conference on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

FPCEUP — Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto, UMAR — Women’s Association Alternative and Response, and the Bystanders’ project Developing Bystanders’ Responses to Sexual Harassment among Young People are organizing the International Conference on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence: Victims, Perpetrators and Bystanders which will be held on the 8th and 9th October 2018 at the FPCEUP, Porto, Portugal.

The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers, academics, doctoral students, practitioners, and policy makers to:

  • — Promote the development of research and practice on preventing and combating sexual harassment and sexual violence;
  • — Debate conceptualisations and perspectives on sexual harassment and sexual violence;
  • — Connect research and intervention in the field;— Provide a forum for networking among researchers and practitioners;— Sharing intervention strategies to better protect victims of sexual harassment and sexual violence;

    — Disseminate and share research findings of the Project “Bystanders – Developing bystander responses to sexual harassment among young people”;

    — Share research findings on social and judicial policies about sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Conference themes:

  • — Sexual Violence and it consequences;
  • — Conceptualisations on sexual harassment and sexual violence;
  • — Sexual Violence against children and adolescents;— Sexual Harassment in school context;— Sexual Harassment on the professional context;

    — Sexual Harassment in public space;

    — Prevention of the sexual harassment and sexual violence;

    — Intervention with victims of sexual harassment and sexual violence;

    — Intervention with perpetrators of sexual harassment and sexual violence;

    — The role of bystanders in sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Link to the website: https://www.fpce.up.pt/love_fear_power/bystanders/conference.html

Participation on the VIII International Congress of Justice Psychiatry and Psychology

The VIII International Congress of Justice Psychiatry and Psychology took place in Porto on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2017. Ana Guerreiro, member of the Portuguese team of the Project Bystanders, presented the preliminary results on the Portuguese youngsters’ perception of sexual harassment. The presentation had a brief explanations and framing of the Project and then focused on the results of the two focus groups held with youngsters in a Portuguese public school.

Presentation of the Project Bystanders by Ana Guerreiro
First teachers training session at St Aloysius College during project implementation

Participation on the 19th Wave Conference

Maria José Magalhães – international coordinator of the Project Bystanders – has been invited by the WAVE – Women Against Violence Europe – to participate in the 19th Conference, and has been in Budapest on the 30th of October and 1st of November to present the Project Bystanders.

In her presentation, Maria José Magalhães presented the main ideas and objectives of the Project Bystanders, highlighting the need to work on the issue of sexual harassment, specially with youngsters, and the activities that have been and will be carried out in the framework of the Project.

Presentation of Project Bystanders at 19th WAVE Conference

On the left Marceline Naudi, on the right Maria José Magalhães
Maria José Magalhães presenting the Bystanders Project at WAVE

The 2nd International Meeting of the Project Bystanders – 4th and 5th July 2017, FPCEUP

The International Meeting of the Project Bystanders took place at the Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education of the University of Porto between the 4th and the 5th July of 2017.

All teams of the Project joint together and the following investigators were present: PT team: Maria José Magalhães, Ana Guerreiro, Cátia Pontedeira, Raquel Felgueiras, Vera Silva; UK team: Liz Kelly, Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, Fiona Vera Grey; Malta Team: Marceline Naudi, Aleksander Dimitrijevic, Barbara Stelnaszek; Slovenia Team: Maja Ladič, Anita Jerina, Tjaša Hrovat.

Sue Jackson from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand was also present in part of the first day.

In the first day we discussed the different background research papers by each country and we analysed the main results of the focus groups with young people. With these diverse inputs, we designed the pilot intervention programme with young people in high schools. It was interesting to understand how students from different countries share common concepts and ideas about sexual harassment, but also that some have ideas that are specific of each country.

From the literature review, it was clear that intervention programmes for bystanders of sexual harassment are not been developed; hence our Project is pioneer and the Programme designed is very innovative and creative.

In the second day, the team discussed the conversations with teachers and staff and designed the Pilot Intervention Program with teachers and staff. Furthermore, the team also discussed some ideas for the implementation of local educational policies.

The International meeting was very productive and had good environment and the team are glad with the results of this meeting by the production of creative ideas for intervention in high schools.

With all the wonderful work done, the team had also some time for conviviality, which happened having dinner near the Atlantic.

International team working at FPCEUP
From left to right; back line: Maja Ladić, Anita Jerina, Aleksandar Dimitrijević, Tjaša Hrovat, Liz Kelly, Fiona Vera Grey, Nicola Sharp-Jeffs; front line: Raquel Felgueiras, Barbara Stelnaszek, Cátia Pontedeira, Ana Guerreiro, Marceline Naudi, Maria José Magalhães
From left to right: Fiona Vera Grey, Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, Liz Kelly, Marceline Naudi, Maria José Magalhães and Aleksandar Dimitrijević

Participation on the 1st International Conference Childhood and Adolescence

The Project Bystanders was presented at the 1st International Conference Childhood and Adolescence, 26-28 January 2017, in the section of project’s presentation. There were 14 projects presented at this conference with more than 400 participants involved. ICCA 2017’s main goal is to provide an important contribution so that the known shortcomings on the studies on social issues related to childhood are recognised and answered through an approach that provides the sharing of knowledge and know-how between different fields that, through different perspectives, focus on promoting happier and healthier childhoods.

The project was presented by Cátia Pontedeira, member of the Portuguese team of the Project Bystanders, and main goals and activities were described. At the end of the session there was some space for debate about the impact of the project and intervention for schools where the project will be implemented.

The 1st International Meeting of the Project Bystanders – 8th and 9th July 2016, FPCEUP

The 1st International Meeting of the Project Bystanders took place at the Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education of the University of Porto on the 8th and 9th of July 2017.

All teams of the Project joint together and the following investigators were present – PT team: Maria José Magalhães, Ana Guerreiro, Cátia Pontedeira; UK team: Liz Kelly, Aruna Dudhia; Malta Team: Marceline Naudi, Aleksander Dimitrijević, Rodianne Ellul Buhagiar; Slovenia Team: Maja Ladić, Anita Jerina, Vlasta Jalušič.

On the first day, the teams were welcomed and presented. Then the work plan and the proposed timelines were reviewed. The teams also discussed and outlined strategies to disseminate the project and promote its visibility.

On the second day, a parallel meeting was held with the financial team to review the budget for each country. The research team discussed the conditions of entry in schools on each different country in order to adapt to each team reality.

International team working at FPCEU
From left to right: Rodianne Ellul Buhagiar, Aruna Dudhia, Aleksandar Dimitrijević, Cátia Pontedeira, Maria José Magalhães, Vlasta Jalušič, Ana Guerreiro, Anita Jerina, Maja Ladić and Marceline Naudi