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Institutional, legislative and awareness-raising solutions and activities in addressing sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in higher education and research organisantion in Slovenia

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.03.00  Social sciences  Sociology   

Code Science Field
5.04  Social Sciences  Sociology 
Sexual harassment, sexual violence, gender-based violence, academic field, research institutes, employees, student population, mechanisms, institutional culture, pedagogical process, guidelines, policy.
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (12)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  12112  PhD Milica Antić-Gaber  Sociology  Head  2021 - 2023  782 
2.  13778  PhD Katja Filipčič  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2021 - 2023  612 
3.  30933  PhD Andrej Kirbiš  Sociology  Researcher  2021 - 2023  231 
4.  27912  PhD Blaž Lenarčič  Sociology  Researcher  2021 - 2023  188 
5.  27824  MSc Zorana Medarić  Sociology  Researcher  2021 - 2023  250 
6.  29615  PhD Mojca Mihelj Plesničar  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2021 - 2023  298 
7.  31849  PhD Jasna Podreka  Sociology  Researcher  2021 - 2023  137 
8.  06979  PhD Renata Salecl  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2021 - 2023  866 
9.  18581  PhD Mateja Sedmak  Sociology  Researcher  2021 - 2023  536 
10.  51890  PhD Rok Smrdelj  Culturology  Junior researcher  2021 - 2022  124 
11.  24745  PhD Marina Tavčar Krajnc  Sociology  Researcher  2021 - 2023  323 
12.  55062  Nesa Vrečer  Historiography  Technical associate  2021 - 2022  21 
Organisations (4)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0581  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts  Ljubljana  1627058  97,976 
2.  0504  Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of Law  Ljubljana  5051525000  4,575 
3.  1510  Science and Research Centre Koper  Koper  7187416000  13,881 
4.  2565  University of Maribor Faculty of Arts  Maribor  5089638050  33,023 
In academia, norms and values are formed and reproduced that reflect the organization of the gender order, the structure of the distribution of social power and prestige, and the ways in which gender roles are socialized. Therefore, systematically addressing sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in academia is necessary and important. Above all, it seems important to work on changing the institutional culture that creates such an environment where people who have experienced violence dare to speak out and where perpetrators are treated and sanctioned appropriately. This year, however, the University of Ljubljana has already taken the first steps towards better institutional addressing of this problem, namely by revising the Policy on the protection of the dignity of employees and students at the University of Ljubljana, which we found to be deficient and in some cases inadequate. We also prepared a companion document to the policy entitled Guidelines for the protection of dignity at the University of Ljubljana: Prevention and Treatment of Sexual and other forms of Harassment, Mobbing and other forms of violence. Since we are aware that these are only the first steps and that such mechanisms need to be continuously improved and developed, the main objectives of the project will be to address sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in higher education and research institutions in Slovenia. The focus will be on finding additional institutional, legal and awareness-raising solutions and implementing activities in dealing with it. Based on the analysis of already existing institutional mechanisms in dealing with and solving the problem of sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in academia in Slovenia, we will first try to find out what has already been done so far. In other words, we will analyze the solutions that have already been adopted by higher education and research institutions. Then we will examine where the main deficits in dealing with this problem lie. In addition, based on a review of the current situation and various good practices from abroad, we will develop proposals on how cases of sexual harassment and other forms of genfder base violence can be effectively and appropriately addressed, treated and resolved. Concrete institutional mechanisms and measures will be outlined and proposed to provide solutions to deal effectively with the problem of sexual harassment and other forms of genfder based violence. All activities and solutions will be discussed separately for the problem of faculty-staff and for the student population. We will also pay particular attention to the adequacy of legal solutions in this area. In the context of the work we have already done in this area at the University of Ljubljana, we have found that the legal solutions related to dealing with sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence are in many parts questionable and sometimes inadequate. Therefore, changes are needed that are in line with the latest scientific research recommendations and legal solutioins. The project will also focus on how to communicate effectively with the public to raise awareness of the issue of sexual harassment and other forms of gender based violence in Slovenian academia, both among employees and students. Raising public awareness is one of the most important steps to effectively combat all forms of violence. Therefore, various recommendations and activities will be prepared to raise awareness and educate the academic and general public about this issue. As part of the communication and dissemination strategy, the main findings of the proposed research project will be presented to the academic public as well as to a wider audience.
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