GEM give evidence to the Women and Equalities Commission

Our Co-Founder Dr Fiona Vera-Gray gave evidence to the Women & Equalities Select Committee inquiry into Sexual Harassment & Violence in Schools on 7th June 2016.

The GEM submission – available here – recommends that sexual harassment and violence in schools is examined in the context of a media that discriminates against women and girls, and which shapes and influences the lives of young people. We argue that the pervasiveness of sexualised sexism (‘sexualisation’), image-based sexual abuse (‘revenge porn’) and sexist online harassment creates the conditions within which harassment, violence and abuse thrive in schools.


Press response:

The evidence session gave rise to considerable media debate where Dr Fiona Vera-Gray emphasised the importance of high quality and age-appropriate sex & relationships education.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36468984

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/07/teach-children-about-sexism-to-stop-ticking-timebomb-of-sexual-bullying-in-schools

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/everyday-sexual-terrorisation-girls-not-taken-seriously-schools-mps

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/teach-kids-nursery-school-sex-8137728

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3629905/Experts-Kids-learn-abuse-stop-parents-molesting-them.html


GEM’s written submission is publically available and can be accessed here.

The oral evidence session on the 7th of June is available to watch here


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