Gema de Pablo González

Autonomous University of Madrid

Factors involved in gender-based violence in the university and institutional environment: perception of violence, use of tools and practical experiences

Participants: María Dolores Pérez Brazo1; Juan Calamestra2; Mónica Desirée Sánchez-Aranegui3; Aida Zárate Checa2 

1Autonomous University of Madrid; 2University of Cordoba; 3University of Castilla La-Mancha

Symposium Summary

Introduction: The perception of violence by university students, as well as beliefs related to their partner relationships, are factors that influence the development of gender violence, which is widespread and related to other areas such as institutional violence and its normalization in society. On the other hand, the use of other ways of expression, such as artistic, can contribute to the modification of the narrative on violence, sexuality and gender.

Methods: In the present Symposium different communications will be approached that include from the research of perceptions about couple relationships and violence by university students through questionnaires and focus group, as well as the presentation of some experiences of the use of the art as a cross-sectional tool to talk about violence, sexuality and gender. Finally, data on institutional violence will also be presented. Results: In general, university students' perception of violence and other related issues, such as relationships, are correct, mainly when the violence is physical and explicit. It is more difficult to identify violence related to more deeply rooted cultural issues that also manifest themselves in the institutional environment. Finally, putting into practice other means of expression encourages and enables the identification and construction of narratives for the prevention and identification of violence. Discussion: The normalization of violence, both in the intimate and institutional domain, is based on social and cultural patterns that must be brought to the table of educational transformation. From the knowledge of educational psychology, work models must be proposed for the construction of more inclusive and preventive models about gender violence.

Short CV

Associate lecturer in Developmental and Educational Psychology in the Interfaculty Department of the Faculty of Teacher Training at the UAM, teaching undergraduate, double-degree and master's degree courses.

Degree in Psychology and PhD in Education from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Diploma in Advanced Studies and Master's Degree in the Information and Knowledge Society from the Oberta University of Catalonia. Advanced Master's Degree in Executive and Business Coaching from the University of Salamanca.

Since 2000 she is a founding partner of Jaitek, Tecnología y Formación S.L., a company dedicated to innovation projects in the field of training and education.

She is the Director of Fundación SigloXX, a non-profit organization dedicated to innovation in education and gender equality.

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