International Day against Violence towards Women 2023

On 25 November the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, aims to raise awareness to the various forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls.

On 25 November the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women aims to raise awareness to the various forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls.

The University of Mannheim targets and lists various forms of violence – such as sexual harassment, discrimination, inappropriate aggressive behavior and bullying – in its Code of Conduct of the University of Mannheim. It speaks out against all forms of violence in favor of a respectful and appreciative workplace relationships. The “Zero tolerance for assault/NO TO Harassment!” posters displayed across campus are a constant reminder and substantiate the effort to be an inclusive workplace. On these you will find among other things an overview of the various counseling services at the university in case of sexual harassment.

Violence against women does not only exist on campus, but also spreads on the internet. Through hate speech, cyberbullying or cybergrooming the violence penetrates into the private sphere. It particularly affects girls and women who are harassed on the internet often solely because of their gender. The Mannheim campaign “Day of Action against Hate on the Net" has the purpose promote solidarity on the net and raise awareness of the issue. The University of Mannheim has also promoted this day of action, which is supported by the Mannheim Alliance on Living Together in Diversity, among others. 

The Equal Opportunities and Social Diversity Office serves as first point of contact and counselling centre. There you can be refered to the various counselling services at the University of Mannheim in cases of sexual harassment, discrimination, psychological or physical violence against people of all genders and sexual orientations with confidential counselling.

The University of Mannheim stands for diversity and equal opportunities.

As part of this internation day of action, a number of events/actions are held in the region:

City of Mannheim:

- Flagging of the town hall, registry office on Marktplatz and around the water tower and Kunsthalle from 21 to 26 November 2023.

- “Read the signs -No to violence against women” poster campaign in the rnv trams and buses from 5 November to 3 December 2023 by Soroptimist, the City of Mannheim and rnv.

City of Heidelberg:

- Cooperation event of the Heidelberg Women's Associations and Groups Working Group, the Office for Equal Opportunities and the Gloria-Gloriette Cinemas on Sunday, 26 November 2023 at 11 a.m. in the Gloria Cinema. The documentary film “Zuflucht nehmen” will be shown, followed by a film discussion.

- Event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Heidelberg Intervention Centres in cooperation with the Office for Equal Opportunities on Monday, 27 November 2023 at 7 p.m. in the Café Leitstelle in Department 16. There will be a lecture with a panel discussion.

- From 20 November 2023, the new flags of the city of Heidelberg will be flying for the first time on the International Day against Violence against Women, which were designed specifically for this day of remembrance.