For the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the University of Stuttgart will be joining the UN campaign "Orange the World" by raising the orange flag "STOP Violence against Women". The orange color, as a symbol for a future without violence against women, draws attention to the fact that violence against women is unfortunately still an everyday occurrence.
The University of Stuttgart expressed its solidarity with people in Iran during the protests following the death of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini.
But even in Germany, violence against women is widespread, ranging from everyday sexism to physical or psychological violence, which every 3rd woman in Germany experiences at some point in their lives, to femicide.
For more information and data: Orange the World 2022 - UN Women DE
The main theme of the event this year is #TrautesHeimLeidAllein - together against domestic violence. Domestic violence increased significantly during the Corona pandemic, due to lockdowns and contact restrictions and affected individuals from all social groups - the academic milieu included.
Discrimination and sexual harassment can also occur in the university workplace or study environment. According to a recent study conducted by the GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences at 46 universities and research institutions in 15 European countries in 2022, nearly two-thirds of the 42,000 respondents had already experienced gender-based violence at their university. The University of Stuttgart’s online platform evermood offers employees and students at the University of Stuttgart information and personal or anonymous advice in cases of conflict.
Openness, tolerance, respect, and fairness should form the basis of everyday life at university. Accordingly, the University of Stuttgart has anchored diversity in its mission statement.
The university is also a signatory of the Diversity Charter and the declaration "Together against sexism and sexual harassment", as well as supporting the resolution of universities in Baden-Württemberg against sexualized discrimination, sexual harassment and violence.