The University of Montpellier has been committed to fighting violence against women for many years. This is one of the main lines of its plan for professional equality, which we wanted to translate into concrete actions.

The past year has been productive in terms of actions concretizing the institution's commitment against gender-based and sexual violence (GBV). Examples include the publication of a dedicated guide, the sensitization of prevention assistants, the sensitization of students through video-chats and the specific training of members of our disciplinary sections. The procedures may seem to some people a little complicated and especially long, but it is important that we can keep a framework that respects the wishes of the victims, confidentiality, the adversarial principle and, of course, the regulations.

As November 25 approaches, the day dedicated to the fight against violence against women, the UM is offering female students a new self-defense session, and to all students, a special time of reflection around an improvisation theater session. If one of the functions of theater is indeed to "correct morals by laughing" as Molière said, it will also be a question of debunking our automatisms, our preconceived ideas on this subject and to leave room for exchanges.

The agenda of the "Days of action against violence against women

Self-defense workshop - For UM students only

Mondays from 12:15 to 13:45, from November 21, 2022 to January 16, 2023, 6 sessions of 1h30. Triolet Campus - Workshop room, building 3 - Montpellier.

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