Event: Gender-based violence in the world of work

Feb 6, 2023 | Events, News, Project news

The Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice (CDPRP) of Oxford Brookes University is pleased to invite you to a hybrid event on Gender-based violence in the world of work, where Dr Viginta Ivaškaitė-Tamošiūnė and Dr Sofia Strid will present the findings of their latest research.


Gender-based violence in the world of work

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During the Covid-19 pandemic, bullying, harassment, violence, verbal abuse, verbal threats, or unwanted sexual attention remained part of many workers’ day-to-day life. The 2021 European Working Conditions Telephone Survey (EWCTS) data show that 12.5% of workers in the EU experienced some form of adverse social behaviour. The share of women experiencing adverse social behaviour at work was consistently higher than that of men. In her presentation, Viginta will look at adverse social behaviours by age groups, presence of customers, place of work, by country, and for specific sectors and occupations. Exposure to adverse social behaviour at work is also linked to negative health outcomes, as well as job demands and resources. Sofia will present the importance of a gender+ framework when analysing inequalities, based on findings from two European-funded projects: UniSAFE and RESISTIRÉ. She will demonstrate how gender-based violence is highly prevalent among staff and students across European research performing organisations, and how its increase is related to inequalities in other domains (e.g. work, economy). She will also discuss the organisational context of violence, based on UniSAFE’s research.


Keynote speakers

Dr Viginta Ivaškaitė-Tamošiūnė is a research officer in the Working Life unit at Eurofound, Ireland. She is involved in projects investigating working conditions in Europe based on the European Working Conditions Survey. More specifically, she focuses on paid and unpaid working time, well-being, gender segregation, adverse social behaviour at work, psychosocial risks, minimum wages. Before joining Eurofound in 2022, she worked as an economic analyst at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and carried out cross-country research to support fiscal policy development in the EU. She also worked as a researcher at the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), the Lithuanian Social Research Centre and as a lecturer at Vilnius University. Her other research interests include income inequality, poverty, gender equality, as well as fiscal and social policy. Viginta holds an MA in Social Policy and a PhD in Social Sciences (Sociology) from Vilnius University. She was a visiting researcher at the University of Antwerp, Stockholm University and the University of Essex.


Dr Sofia Strid is Associate Professor in Gender Studies at Örebro University, and from April 2022 also holds a position as Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Gothenburg University. Her research interests are oriented towards the social and political sciences and can be summarised as: 1) feminist and social theory; 2) politics and policy, mobilisation, activism and opposition; 3) gendered and intersectional perspectives on sustainability; and 4) feminist violence studies, in online/offline contexts. She applies both qualitative and quantitative methods. Sofia Strid co-directs the three-university GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies with Senior Professor Liisa Husu, and chairs two research strands within the field Gender, Violence & Society. Sofia Strid also directs the Centre for Violence Studies, together with Dr Susanne Strand, Associate Professor in Criminology, and leads the research group Feminist Violence Studies. Sofia Strid’s research has been funded by the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Institute for Gender Equality, the Swedish Research Council and FORTE.