Video explains the tasks and objectives of Observatory which highlights the main activities and actions too
The Observatori per a la Igualtat de la UAB conducts various awareness campaigns for students at the Autonomous University of Barcelona .
You can check them out and download materials to Correspondents links.
This year the goal was to promote interaction with the student community and ensure that the campaign should not be limited to 8th of march, which there where developed tickers and posters (here) to encourage reporting and responding to situations discrimination in the UAB through hashtagh #comunicaccio, sending them through a private message on twitter and facebook the Observatory, or email.
The campaign was carried out in three phases, coinciding with the presentation of different materials, you can see all (and download all materials) on the "8 març", "No callis! (Geolocation)" and "Espais Lliures of discriminations ".
See all posts under the hashtag #comunicaccio (Facebook and Twitter).
These data, with a study conducted by the group Antigona from UAB, shows the presence of violence in relationships on campus: 21% of students participating states have ever experienced bullying, 14% Stalking 5.3 % and 3.4% sexual abuse sexual assault. 28% of cases occurred within the university facilities.
The Observatori, as well as the diffusion in social networks (please consult the Twitter hashtag #NoesNo25N), elaborated different materials available here:
- Programm with all the activities of 25th November
- Poster of "No és no!"
- Video "Hi ha sexisme a la UAB?" (from the collection of testimonies on the same day 25-N on their experience with discrimination at UAB)
As a major activity, the Observatori honored on March, the 7th, at 12pm in the UAB's Theatre, Amparo Moreno, in an open to the entire community and could be followed live act. The session consisted of the conference "Contributions of feminism a pluralistic humanism", by the same honoree also reading a manifesto, the projection of audiovisual and communication about sexism, etc teacher.
Meanwhile, Observatori provided the respective materials "#Comunicacció" campaign: first poster and stickers, a series of three examples of different communicative situations (photo: illustration of one of the stickers).
Under the "Comunicaccio" campaign, the Observatori invited to report and respond to situations of discrimination in the UAB through hashtagh #comunicaccio, sending them via a private message on twitter and facebook of the Observatori. You can see the map here (Want you to report a situation? Here you have the instructions!).
The attitudes, gestures, words, looks... are forms of communication that can be fraught with sexism, homophobia, racism or any other form of discrimination. With the campaign #comunicaccio we wanted to uncover all of these situations, make them visible, to respond.
To carry out the campaign, social networks were mobilized, under the hashtag #comunicacció, posters as the accompanying text and leaflets were distributed (available here). In addition, three explanatory videos were made with the instructions of the campaign:
- #comunicaccio | No callis, tampoc als lavabos!
- #comunicaccio | No callis, tampoc a les xarxes socials!
- #comunicaccio | No callis, tampoc al carrer!
You can still do complaints and responses that the Observatori's team will index on a geo-map, searchable here.
We can say, then, that humour has a lot to do with power and hence is not neutral, but rather performed from top to bottom. It is then that humour stops being funny and becomes a tool for social control. Often it reproduces sexist stereotypes, trivialises male chauvinist violence, promotes rape, spreads toxic beauty referents, punishes non-hegemonic masculinity, etc. This cultural production in the shape of sexist humour gives continuity to the patriarchal system and male domination.
It is necessary to break the chain and become aware of the important consequences of being accomplices in sexist humour. We must become aware of the limit of humour, which is no other than the safety of people who suffer from structural violence. For this reason, at the UAB’s Observatory for Equality we have started this campaign by spreading four posters which depict four sexist jokes and their consequences. We share the campaign with the #JoNoRic hashtag so people can interact in social networks by rejecting sexist humour and preventing involvement.
On the other hand, the detection and intervention in sexist violence situations has been anticipated with the Protocol to face and intervene during sexual assaults at the UAB’s Festa Major. In the context of this protocol, training for security staff on the intervention in sexist violence with a gender perspective has been carried out. The protocol has become known very successfully among the UAB community with the anti-sexism kit, which details what to do in case someone is attacked.
In the context of the “Stop LGTBI-phobia at the UAB” institutional campaign, the Observatory created a leaflet to inform people who suffer from harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression about the legal tools available to them.
- "Keep your hands to yourself" poster, LGTBI-phobia leaflet and anti-sexism kit.
- Festa Major proclamation by Miquel Missé
Observatori wanted to take a step to move towards a university free from discrimination, urging the university community to adopt a commitment to prevention and action against discrimination of any kind. That is why this phase calls for the UAB community to declare their free spaces "sexism, racism and homophobia" poster hanging on the jobs, assuming the proposed message.
In order to give the starting signal to this part of the campaign, on May 20th at 13h a symbolic action in the Civic Square was performed by painting the symbol of the poster (as in the picture accompanying this text): see also the photographs of the day. In addition, a bulk mailing to the attached poster "4 Ways to contribute to college less inequality" (see it here) was made.
You can download the poster here "Espai Lliure discriminacions" and hang it in your living space.
- Filling in the questionnaire on the awareness and evaluation of the Second Action Plan for Equality UAB.
- Visiting the observatory's stand of the 8 March at Plaça Cívica.
- Joining us in the discussion or work groups that take place during March and April.
We believe that love (not only in couples) is one of the most powerful development and change drivers in our society, and for this reason, we cannot allow romantic love mechanisms to poison our way of loving people. The myths of soul mates, exclusivity, possession, sacrifice, etc. cause jealousy feelings, fear of being alone, insecurity and emotional dependence. This creates unhealthy and unequal relationships that ease violent practices between the couple.
It is for this reason that we believe in the constructive and transformation potential of love, and we reject any toxicity in affective relationships. Rethinking a new world is closely related to rethinking our conception of love.
Besides, all the UAB university community was invited to share a minute of silence at the Plaça Cívica to remember all the women killed during the year. A manifesto by the director of the Observatory, Joana Gallego, was also read, and a purple ribbon was hung on the Agora building facade.
- 25N poster
- Video of the minute of silence and reading of the manifesto