We began the round table with a short video Sexual Harassment in Schools. Then, there was a debate about sexual harassment and sexual violence. Students from the audience asked following questions: how to help a person who is experiencing violence (the victim), how to react when you are a bystander, how to talk to the victim, and what to do when the victims speak up about experiencing violence but later changes their mind and deny it. The students had really good and meaningful ideas. They stressed the importance of reacting to violence; they clearly stated that violence is a problem of entire society, not just an individual problem. They also showed interest in more round tables and events about this topic. One student who had participated in workshops said that workshops had been well prepared and conducted. What he liked the most were the debates and sharing of different opinions.
On the 21st April, the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto opened the doors to youth students of high school. This visit of youngsters allowed a closer contact with a, University, their degrees and investigation projects.
Bystanders’ Project was presented to students by the team and 2 volunteers of the project who raise awareness about sexual harassment. During the entire day, the project was presented to 5 groups of students.
At the end of the project presentation, students had the opportunity to create a slogan for the logo of the Bystanders’ Project and write it in Posters with an empty logo.
The photos below represents the result of this activity. Slogans created by youth for the Bystanders’ project.
On the April 12th, the Bystanders project leader Maria José Magalhães and the researchers participated as members of the jury in the “Debate Marathon – Thinking the human”, promoted by the school Dr. Joaquim Gomes Ferreira Alves (one of the schools where Bystanders’ Project is being implemented). The different teams addressed diverse themes such as artificial intelligence and violence in interpersonal relationships. The classes that took part in the Bystanders project were also present and contributed to the debate on violence.
On photos below:
artist-investigator Raquel Felgueiras as member of the jury;
Bystanders leader – Maria José Magalhães as member of the jury.
Listen to interview with Vlasta Jalušič, researcher at the Peace Institute, on revealing a culture of sexual harassment and strengthening of authoritarian political ideologies.
On the 20th of April, the Bystanders project in collaboration with the two classes of the discipline Action Research in Education participated in the event Mostra UP (University of Porto). Having the forum and invisible theater as a starting point, Professor Maria José Magalhães moderated a debate about sexual harassment with high school students. After the debate, the youngsters had the opportunity to edit posters with the Bystanders’ logo by writing sentences that they thought that could work as a slogan for a sexual harassment prevention campaign.
Both in the morning and in the afternoon, the two classes and the Bystanders’ team interacted with the visitors, mainly high school students. This activity had a good participation from the youngsters both in the debate and in the poster editing.