Stopp sexualized violence at the University of Bern!

Sexual violence is a reality, even at the University of Bern. The university-wide SUB survey of 2020 revealed that 8% of students have already felt sexually harassed. Sexual harassment - a specific form of sexualized violence - often occurs verbally by fellow students in the university context.

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16 Days against Violence against Women

The SUB is part of the campaign "16 Days against Violence against Women". The 16 action days focusing on sexualised violence will take place from 25 November to 10 December 2021. You can find an overview of all events here.

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Workshop: Naming and addressing boundary violations with nonviolent communication

In this workshop, students learn to address boundary violations - as a person affected, an observer and a perpetrator. The four components of nonviolent communication are used for this purpose. Students practise the following situations:

How can I...

  • stand up for my boundaries when a fellow student crosses them?
  • address it when I am not sure if I have behaved in an abusive way?
  • offer my support if I am not sure whether an assault has taken place?

When: 25 November, 06.15 to 08.15 p.m.
Where: Unitobler, rooms F -113 and F -112
Language: German, whispered translation into English possible
Registration: The number of participants is limited to 25 students. Please register at with the subject "Registration Workshop nvc"

Discussion: Sexualised Violence at Universities - let's talk about it!

Sexualised violence is widespread in institutions of Higher Education. The academic environment is characterized by hierarchies and power structures which make the situation even harder for survivors. We will discuss ways to stop sexualised violence in universities and to support survivors.

Discussion with experts:

  • Zana Hoxha, director of cfd's partner NGO Artpolis in Pristina, Kosovo
  • Gaia Fortunato, department for equality, University of Bern
  • Natascha Flückiger, board member of the student body, University of Bern
  • Presentation: Natalia Widla, journalist

When: 29 November, 7.00 p.m
Where: online
Language: English
Registration: e-mail to

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