@payetonUNIL, an anthology of sexist and discriminating testimonies

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One hand on the buttocks, both on the breasts, insistent glances on necklines, or even an improvised classification of the attractiveness of colleagues. Here are some of the testimonials posted on the @payetonUNIL Instagram account. In just 48 hours, he gathered more than 1,200 subscribers and shared twenty anonymized posts translated into English to “make visible and condemn the sexist culture and all the discrimination and violence linked to sexual orientation and to the identities of gender at the University of Lausanne ”.

From listening to gestures

After the movements #Me too and #BalanceTonPork, social networks have become essential tools for denouncing the abuses, discrimination and violence of our time. This freedom of speech infiltrates the French-speaking university world. In line with @payetonEPFL launched in December 2020, @payetonUNIL opens its account to all victims of sexism and gender-based or discriminating violence.

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However, Unil has an Equality Office and an advisory committee specializing in these topics. “We invite all witnesses or victims to come and see us and offer them a benevolent listening”, declares Carine Carvalho, head of the Equality Office. Cynthia Illi, member of the collective of the feminist strike, retorts: “The time for listening is over, it’s time for action and sanctions so that each and everyone can feel safe.” Members made a series of demands during the 2019 women’s strike. They reiterate them.

The obligation to deconstruct

Unil recalls that measures have been deployed to raise awareness of managers, teachers, staff and students. Among them, workshops on stereotypes and inclusive writing, conferences on harassment in the world of research, explanatory videos, resources on equal opportunities and access to online training on the rules. of conduct to adopt. But if they are open to all, they are based on volunteering. The collective therefore calls for the establishment of compulsory training for the entire community, ie almost 20,000 people. “There has never been a compulsory course,” replies Carine Carvalho.

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Another demand is “the systematic taking of disciplinary sanctions in cases of harassment or violence committed between students or against them, whether the facts take place on campus or outside”. What about violence committed between students, especially with teleworking these acts no longer take place on campus? “The reflection has already been carried out on this point”, she affirms, and enacted in directive 0.4 of 2019. Since 2016, 25 cases have been followed up to an independent investigation, nine related to sexual harassment, only one resulted in a sanction.

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