Supported by Cosc (National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence), the 2013 study from the Union of Students in Ireland, "Say something: a study of students' experiences of harassment, stalking, violence and sexual assault", highlighted the issue of sexual harassment in the context of higher education. An action was subsequently included in the Second National Strategy on Domestic Sexual and Genderbased Violence aiming to prevent and combat sexual violence and harassment in higher education. This action was pursued through the Ending Sexual Harassment and Violence in Third Level Education Project (ESHTE) funded by the EU Commission’s Daphne III programme. The project, involving 15 higher education institutions and associated students unions in 4 EU Countries, aimed to prevent and combat sexual violence and harassment (SVH) and build a culture of zero tolerance in universities and 3rd level institutions throughout Europe. The projects was led by the National Women’s Council of Ireland; with core partners the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) Cyprus; The Women’s Issues Information Centre (WIIC); and Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS), UK. The “It stops now” campaign developed a toolkit to tackle sexual violence and harassment in the higher education context, which has been promoted on social media and through training sessions, webinars and posters.
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