The II Conference Ending gender-based violence in Academia will be held in Bilbao, organized by the Spanish Ministry of Universities on the occasion of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the collaboration of UNISAFEand the University of the Basque Country. UniSAFE is an EU-funded project that works towards ending gender-based violence in research organisations and universities by generating knowledge and translating it into operational tools and recommendations. This 2nd Conference will be held after the first one, which took place during the Czech Presidency in Prague, on 25th November 2022; and in which the Government of Spain signed, through the Ministries of Science and Innovation and Universities, the Call for action Working towards safe and respectful higher education and research for all – Call for Action to End Gender-Based Violence.

As a continuation of this first conference, Spain will host a second conference with the same theme, which will address various lines of research that have been developed by UNISAFE in recent years: mapping of national policies and institutional responses to gender-based violence in academia, a survey on their effects and consequences, case studies on the implementation of those institutional responses, interviews to survivors and bystanders and recommendations to be made to universities and public institutions.

The aim of this conference is to gain a deeper understanding of the reality of gender-based violence in the field of Higher Education, as well as to share strategies for its reduction and elimination, based on the study and experience of experts in the field, both in academia and in the area of public administrations.

The programme of the II Conference Ending gender-based violence in Academia, that will be held at Bizkaia Aretoa – UPV/EHU, is available below.

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23 OCTOBER 2023

09.00h – 20.00h
Welcome to participants and inscriptions.

12:30h – 14.00h
Informal welcome lunch.

14.00h – 15.00h
Conference opening ceremony.

15.00h – 16.45h
Session 1. How gender-based violence affects people and universities.

  • Vilana Pilinkaite Sotirovic, Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, LT.
  • Anke Lipinsky, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Center of Excellence Women and Science, DE.
  • Bruna Cristina Jaquetto Pereira, Departamento de Ciencia Política y de la Administración, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, ES.
  • Eva Sophia Myers, Strategic Gender Equality Consultant, Gender Equality Team, University of Southern Denmark, DK.
  • Siobán O’Brien Green, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Office, Trinity College Dublin, IE.
  • María Silvestre Cabrera, Social and Human Sciences Faculty, Universidad de Deusto, ES.
  • Moderadora: Nathalie Wuiame, Yellow Window, BE.


17.15h – 19:00h
Session 2. How universities and research centres respond to gender-based violence.

  • Zuzana Andreska, Centre for Gender and Science, Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences, CZ.
  • Claudia Schredl, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Center of Excellence Women and Science, DE.
  • María Bustelo, Departamento de Ciencia Política y de la Administración, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), ES.
  • Elena Leiñena, Dirección para la igualdad, Secretaría General, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), ES.
  • Lina Vollmer, Referat Gender & Diversity Management, Universität zu Köln, DE.
  • Yvonne Galligan, Director Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Technological University Dublin, IE.
  • Beatriz Ranea, Departamento de Sociología Aplicada, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), ES.
  • Moderator: Lorena Pajares, independent consultant, UCM UniSAFE team, ES.


20.00h – 21:30h
Cocktail dinner.


24 OCTOBER 2023

10.00h – 10.30h

10.30h – 11:45h
Session 3. Progress and challenges in eradicating gender violence and promoting substantive equality in higher education: the experience of Chilean legislation.

  • Anely Ramírez, secretaria ejecutiva del Consejo Nacional de Educación, Chile.
  • Erika Castillo, vicepresidenta, y Sonia Muñoz, Directora de Evaluación y Acreditación, Comisión Nacional de Acreditación, Chile.
  • Marisol Pamela Durán Santis, Rectora de la Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana del Estado de Chile.
  • Moderadora: Irune Martínez, Subsecretaría de Educación Superior, Ministerio de Educación del Gobierno de Chile.


12.15h – 14.00h
Session 4. Recommendations for the institutions and organisations.

  • Marcela Linkova, Head of the Centre for Gender and Science, Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences, CZ.
  • Fredrik Bondestam, director of the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg, SE.
  • Alain Denis, Yellow Window, BE.
  • Ester Cois; Delegate of the Rector for Eqaulity, University of Cagliari (UniCA), IT.
  • Michaela Antonín Malaníková, Faculty of Philosophy, University Palackého Olomouc, CZ.
  • Jorge A. Ribeiro Pereira,
    Board Member of the European Network of Ombuds in Higher Education.
  • Moderator: Anne Laure Humbert, Oxford Brrokes University, UK.


14.15h – 16.15h
Lunch at Bizkaia Aretoa.

16.30h – 17.30h
Closing session of the Conference.

18.00h – 20.00h
Cultural activity hosted by the Bilbao City Council.

20.00h – 21.30h
Farewell informal lunch. (Registration is required)

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Vilana Pilinkaite Sotirovik

Dr. Vilana Pilinkaite Sotirovic completed her PhD in Central European University in Budapest and works as a research fellow in the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences. She has conducted number of research on quality of gender+ equality policies (QUING Project) and studies on gender mainstreaming in parliaments, domestic violence, and gender-based violence for the European Institute of Gender Equality. Currently she is part of the research team on gender-based violence in research performing organizations under H2020 UNISAFE project.

Anke Lipinsky

Dr. Anke Lipinsky, senior researcher at Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Team Center of Excellence Women and Science. Anke’s research focuses on gender inequalities in academia, gender in policy evaluation and research methods, and gender-based violence including sexual harassment. She collaborated in EU-funded projects, e.g. UniSAFE, GEECCO, GenPORT, INTEGER and was a member of several expert groups of the European Commission, including the Gendered Innovations group. Anke is a co-speaker of the German Evaluation Society’s working group on gender and a member of the international network on women in higher education management WHEM.

Bruna Cristina Jaquetto Pereira

UNA4CAREER postdoctoral fellow at the Complutense University of Madrid and a member of the research group on Gender and Politics (GEYPO) at the same institution.

Eva Sophia Myers

With a background in linguistics, psychology and organisational development, ESM has held leading positions at SDU since 2010.
Since 2017, heading SDU’s and Danish strategic GE initiatives.
Member of the group of initiators of the 2020 Danish Academic #metoo wave and co-author of the resultant handbook and podcast series sexismedu.dk.
Since 2012, initiator and leader of structural GE change projects under FP7 (FESTA), H2020 (SPEAR, as coordinator) and HEU (Centre of Excellence, INSPIRE, and GENDERACTIONplus).

Siobán O'Brien Green

Siobán O’Brien Green, PhD has worked in government agencies and the non-profit, research and academic sectors for over 25 years. Siobán has worked on multiple national and European multi-country gender-based violence (GBV) research projects, including those commissioned by European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE) and represented Ireland on three COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Actions. She has taught, published and presented widely on GBV, equality, designing and undertaking research with vulnerable populations and is frequently consulted by both national and European organisations. Siobán holds a Masters degree from University College Dublin (UCD) in Social Policy and has a PhD from Trinity College Dublin.

María Silvestre Cabrera

She is PhD in Political Science and Sociology at University of Deusto. She is Professor in the Social and Human Sciences Faculty of University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain). Principle Researcher of DeustoSocialValues Research Team that represents Spain in the EuropeanValuesSystemGroup (EVS). She has been Dean of the Political Science and Sociology Faculty (2004-2009) and Director of the Master in intervention against women violence (2003-2009). She has been President of the Basque Association of Sociology (AVSP) and Vice-President of the Spanish Federation of Sociology (FES). She has been Director of the Basque Institute of Woman – Emakunde of the Basque Government (2009-2012). She is the University of Deusto Gender Equality Director. Her areas of knowledge in which she has publications are social value studies, equality policies and feminist studies.

Nathalie Wuiame

Nathalie Wuiame, is a member of the UniSAFE core team of Yellow Window. She has been involved as a national expert for Belgium in national, and institutional mapping, case studies and in qualitative interviews with survivors of gender-based violence and development of the toolkit. She has specific expertise in European research projects on gender equality plans and institutional change for gender equality, gender-based violence and capacity-building activities on gender in academia.

Zuzana Andreska

Zuzana Andreska is a gender equality expert focusing on public policy affairs in the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on anti-discrimination and socio-legal aspects of gender-based violence in academia. Within the UniSAFE project she took part in the analysis of institutional policies in the field of gender-based violence.

Claudia Schredl

Claudia Schredl is a scientific associate at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, working in the EU-funded project UniSAFE (2021-2024, Horizon 2020). Her research interests cover gender equality policy in higher education, gender-based violence in academia, feminist institutionalism, and institutional change in universities and research organisations. She is also a doctoral candidate at the Paderborn University, Department of Sociology, writing her dissertation on “The Pitfalls of Essentialism for Gender Change in STEM Universities”.

María Bustelo

María Bustelo is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). She coordinates from the UCM the European project UniSAFE (Making Universities and Research Organisations Safe from Gender-Based Violence by Building a Knowledge Base and Operational Tools, 2021-2024). She leads the Excellence UCM Research Group on “Gender & Politics”, the Master on Evaluation of Programmes and Public Policies since 2002.

Elena Leiñena

Es Profesora Titular de Derecho mercantil en la Universidad del País Vasco. Durante los últimos 15 años ha focalizado sus publicaciones en el estudio de las leyes para la igualdad de género en el acceso de las mujeres a los consejos de administración de las grandes compañías.

Desde febrero de 2021 es la Directora para la Igualdad de la universidad y, entre sus experiencias, destaca la relacionada con la implementación del Protocolo contra las violencias de género, en estrecha colaboración con su equipo técnico.

Lina Vollmer

Lina Vollmer works at the University of Cologne as a diversity and anti-discrimination manager. She studied social sciences and conducted research on the professionalization of gender equality work in higher education. After her doctorate, she worked on gender and diversity issues in higher education. At the University of Cologne, she works on the further developement of anti-discrimination strategies, the professionalization of complaint procedures and as a trainer for interrupting unconsicous bias.

Yvonne Galligan

Yvonne Galligan is Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Comparative Politics in Technological University Dublin. She led the TU Dublin contribution to the UNiSAFE project, and has developed a comprehensive 3-year plan to eliminate sexual harassment and violence in the University. She has published extensively on gender and politics, and on gender equality in higher education. She has held leadership posts in professional associations and has served on many public bodies in Ireland and the UK.

Beatriz Ranea Triviño

Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Sociology at the Faculty of Information Sciences of the Complutense University of Madrid, where she teaches courses in Sociology, Public Opinion, and Gender and Political Communication. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology from UCM. She has participated in various research projects in the field of Gender Studies, with a highlight being the Horizon 2020 project: UniSAFE. Her research interests are sexual exploitation, gender violence, masculinities, and social change.

Lorena Pajares

Consultora e investigadora. Posgrado en Género y Desarrollo, Máster en Investigación Participativa y en Antropología, complementa el bagaje teórico con 23 años de experiencia en instituciones públicas y privadas de más de 20 países. Especializada en género y su intersección con ámbitos como la participación política, cambio organizacional, cooperación al desarrollo, migraciones, derechos sexuales y reproductivos o violencia de género. Ha sido investigadora en la UCM en los proyectos SUPERA y UniSAFE y actualmente participa en el proyecto INSPIRE, centro de excelencia en género en I+D.

Anely Ramírez

Ingeniera Comercial de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile y Ph. Doctor en Educación de la New York University.
Ha liderado proyectos de investigación en Educación y cuenta con publicaciones en revistas científicas. Antes de asumir como Secretaria Ejecutiva del CNED, se desempeñó en otras posiciones dentro de la institución, como Coordinadora y luego Jefa del Departamento de Investigación e Información Pública. En su trayectoria profesional ha sido investigadora del Centro de Estudios del Ministerio de Educación, consultora en la Vicerrectoría Académica de la Pontificia Universidad Católica y en otras instituciones de educación superior.

Marisol Pamela Duran Santís

Marisol Durán Santis es Ingeniera en Alimentos de la Universidad de La Serena y Magíster en Tecnología de los Alimentos en la Universidad de Santiago de Chile. Con más de 29 años de experiencia profesional, se ha dedicado preferentemente a la academia y la gestión de instituciones de Educación Superior. En mayo de 2021 fue electa Rectora, convirtiéndose en la primera académica electa por sus pares en la UTEM para asumir esa responsabilidad y la segunda en las universidades estatales y públicas. Un año después fue electa para integrar en el período 2022-2024 la mesa directiva del Consorcio de Universidades del Estado, y como tal pasó a encabezar el directorio de la Red de Televisión de Universidades del Estado. Bajo su gestión se aprobó la primera política institucional de género en la UTEM.

Irune Martínez

Abogada de la Universidad de Chile, especialista en derechos humanos con énfasis en género y políticas públicas.
Fue asesora jurídica en el proceso constituyente chileno.
Integró el equipo de la Secretaría Ejecutiva de la Mesa de Reparación Integral para Víctimas de Violaciones a los Derechos Humanos del Estallido Social, de la Subsecretaría de Derechos Humanos, Ministerio de Justicia y Derechos Humanos.

Erika Castillo

Erika Castillo Barrientos, vicepresidenta de la Comisión Nacional de Acreditación y profesora asociada. Es Licenciada en Educación y Profesora de Español, Magíster en artes con mención en Literaturas Hispánicas de la Universidad de Concepción. Doctora en Filología Española de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España.

Ha desarrollado una carrera profesional que ha combinado la gestión académica en educación superior, desempeñando cargos de dirección curricular y vicerrectoría académica en instituciones públicas y privadas con actividad académica de profesora asociada.

Complementariamente cuenta con publicaciones referidas a proyectos que ha liderado relacionados con trayectorias de docencia (FONDEF), definiciones sobre la formación de profesores y materiales de apoyo a la docencia y el desarrollo curricular (Proyectos ministeriales y Fondecyt).

En su rol de comisionada de la CNA, ejerce el cargo de vicepresidenta hace más de dos años habiendo sido recientemente reelecta por unanimidad.

En su trabajo académico ha intencionado el enfoque de género, destacando su reciente publicación del libro “Metaficción y Feminismo en la Novela Latinoamericana” (2022) por Dykinson editorial, España.

Marcela Linková

Marcela Linková PhD is the head of the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on the sociology of gendered organisations and institutional change, gender-based violence in academia, governance of research, and public policies for gender equality in R&I. Marcela is the Member State Co-Chair of the ERA Forum subgroup on inclusive gender equality; she coordinates Horizon Europe project GENDERACTIONplus and participates in Horizon 2020 UniSAFE project.

Fredrik Bondestam

Fredrik Bondestam is an Associate Professor in Sociology at Uppsala University and the Director of the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg. His research covers organizational change in higher education and research, feminist pedagogy, gender-based violence and harassment, risk and masculinities, and gender mainstreaming in theory and practice. Fredrik has also managed government assignments on gender mainstreaming in SE 2013-2017 and currently participates in several EU-funded Horizon2020-projects on gender-based violence in ERA (UniSAFE, GENDERACTIONplus, GenderSafe)

Alain Denis

Alain Denis is partner and Managing Director at Yellow Window, a research and design consultancy based in Belgium. He is mainly involved in service and policy design and specialized in user and stakeholder involvement through participatory techniques. The focus of his recent involvement in research projects is on translating research results into operational solutions. This includes solutions to reduce inequalities that increased due to the Covid-19 policies (RESISTIRE), or developing evidence-based solutions to ensure Green Deal policies do not increase inequalities (ACCTING). He has been involved in most activities of the UniSAFE project including the toolkit.

Ester Cois

Ester Cois, Ph.D. in Sociology of Gender and Family, is the Rector’s Delegate for Gender Equality, President of the Guarantee Committee for Social Inclusion, and Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Center for Research and Gender Studies (CEING) at the University of Cagliari (UNICA), Italy. She drew up the first Gender Equality Plan at UNICA as a member of the H2020 research project SUPERA (Supporting the Promotion of Equality in Research and Academia). She is the Italian referent of the Erasmus + project “SMILE” (Social Meaning Impact through LLL Universities in Europe) and a member of the national sub-commission of Italian Rectors for GEPs.

Michaela Antonín Malaníková

Student Ombudsperson at the Faculty of Arts, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic (since November 2020, together with Jaroslav Šotola)
She teaches medieval history at the Department of History, Palacky University; her research interests include social urban history, family history and gender history which has also shaped her activities in the field of civic engagement. She has cooperated for several years with a human rights NGO on a campaign for women´s rights, currently she is a member of the Gender Expert Chamber of the Czech Republic.
She is a member of executive board of ENOHE (European Network of Ombuds in Higher Education) She is also member of the committee of the School Ombuds Platform of the Czech Republic.

Jorge A. Ribeiro Pereira

Member of the Board of the European Network of Ombuds in Higher Education and Member of the Independent Commission to Clarify Possible Situations of Harassment in a Research Centre of a Portuguese University, he’s the Student Ombudsperson at the University of Beira Interior (UBI) between 2021 and 2023.
Master’s degree in Medicine, he acted as student representative in institutional bodies and at the UBI Students’ Union. He’s a member of the Advisory Board of the International Student Participation Network.

Anne Laure Humbert

Anne Laure Humbert, PhD, is Professor of Gender and Statistics, and Co-Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University. Anne has worked extensively on developing methodologies and indicators for measuring gender equality. Recently, she has contributed to the Horizon 2020 funded project UniSAFE, which seeks to measure and address gender-based violence in higher education in Europe. Recent publications include: “From Gender Regimes to Violence Regimes: Re-thinking the Position of Violence”, Social Politics (2022); “Undoing the Nordic Paradox: factors affecting rates of disclosed violence against women across the EU”, PLOS ONE (2021)


Jasna Podreka

Jasna Podreka, PhD, comes from the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana, where she completed her PhD in 2014 on Violence against women and killing of women by intimate partners in Slovenia. Her research focuses on domestic violence, intimate partner violence, intimate partner homicide, femicide, sexual violence and harassment, and issues related to gender discrimination in society and academia. She has also authored several scientific articles on the topics she addresses. She was a member of the project team that developed the gender equality plan at her home faculty. She was a member of the expert group for the development of the regulations on violence, harassment and abuse at the University of Ljubljana and is a confidant at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana.

Brigitte Mantilleri

After her Magister of the University of Hamburg/DE, Brigitte Mantilleri was active as a journalist in the written press and radio. She is the author of biographies (women and social workers). In her last publication, she queried the invisibility of women. As head of the ED Office of UNIGE she launched campaigns denouncing stereotypes, sexism and harassment #uniunie.ch (2017), and the international LERU Conference in June 2022: After#MeToo Sexim and sexual harassment in academia. She is actually consultant and referent UNIGE LERU equality and diversity.

Paola María Torrioni

Paola Maria Torrioni is associate professor of Sociology of cultural and communicative processes at the department of Cultures, Politics and Society (University of Turin). Among her research topics are family socialization processes, gender dynamics in caring for children and the elderly, and male violence against women. She is the Principal Investigator of VARCO Project – VARCO – (Violence against women: actions in network to prevent and combat) founded by private company (CRT). She is also the scientific responsible of the first university anti-violence desk in Italy at the University of Turin.

Mónica Lopes

Mónica Lopes, PhD in Sociology (Univ Coimbra), is a Researcher and President of the Ethics Committee of the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (CES-UC), and lecturer in post-graduate programs in the fields of Gender Studies and Social Economy. Since 2002, she has participated in a number of (action) research projects and evaluation studies exploring gender norms and relations and assessing the implementation and impact of public (gender) policies, as well as providing tools and instruments for mainstreaming gender in different areas. She led the Portuguese team of the H2020 project “SUPERA – Supporting the Promotion of Equality in Research and Academia” (2010-2022) and currently, she is responsible for the scientific review of the Gender Equal Research@UC, and co-PI of the national project “ENGENDER – Gender mainstreaming in curricula and pedagogical practices in Portuguese Public Universities

Arne Aerts

Responsible for developing and maintaining a university-wide integrity management system to ensure an ethical and compliant culture for all staff and students at Ghent University.

Previously worked on safe sport policies to combat harassment and abuse in sport organizations. Former member of the Pool of European Experts on Sexual Violence in Sport

Tiia Tuomi

Tiia Tuomi, MSc (Econ) is responsible for university’s people strategy and HR department. She has long experience as HR professional at universities of which ten years as HR Director. Her previous position was HR Director at Aalto University. She is also certified coach and career coach.

HR department of 120 HR professionals covers all employee life cycle processes for both faculty and staff including recruitments, DEI, wellbeing and competence development as well as payroll and legal HR services. Around half of the HR professionals work at faculties as HR partners.

Tiia Tuomi is also member of the board and chair of the labour market committee at Finnish Education Employers (FEE) which represents 340 employer organisations in the education and higher education sector in Finland.

Karin Gilland Luts

Karin Gilland Lutz is deputy head of the Office of Gender Equality and Diversity at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Since 2022 she chairs the policy group of Equality, Diversity, Inclusion within LERU (League of European Research Universites). Originally from Sweden, she holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Beatrice Sandberg Löfström

As member of the Swedish Unisafe-team and representative from the Swedish gender Equality Agency. I also worked as a coordinator with the Unisafe prevalence study at University West.

Nurseli Yeşim Sünbüloğlu

Nurseli Yeşim Sünbüloğlu is a Visiting Faculty in the Core Program and the Director of the Women and Family Studies Research Centre at Kadir Has University in Turkey. Sünbüloğlu completed her MA in Gender Studies at Central European University and her PhD in Sociology at the University of Sussex (UK) with her thesis entitled Politics of the Rehabilitation of Disabled Veterans: Masculinity, the Body and Militarism in Turkey. She has published articles and chapters focusing on masculinities, disability, militarism, and nationalism. She edited a volume in Turkish [Erkek Millet, Asker Millet] on militarism, nationalism, and men/masculinities in Turkey (2013, İletişim Publishing). She is a member of the Initiative for Critical Studies of Masculinities (ICSM). She has coordinated two gender projects, “Non-Violent Masculinities Workshops Manual” (2020-1) and “e-Gen (Equality Generation) Module for Young Men at High Schools” (2022-3) and has been a researcher in other projects focusing on GBV, gender backlash, and institutionalisation of gender equality.

Frederike Irina Marie Freund

As part of the UniSAFE team at Gesis, I worked on two case studies as part of the qualitative research and interviewed people affected by gender-based violence.

Rache Palmén

Dr Rachel Palmén- senior researcher at the GENTIC research programme, IN3, UOC in Barcelona. She gained her PhD in community participation from CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University. Her research interests include gender equality and science – looking at the implementation of inclusive gender equality plans and policies from an intersectional perspective. She has worked on various European Commission funded projects, including GenPORT, EFFORTI, TARGET and ACT. She is coordinator of INSPIRE: The European Centre of Excellence on Inclusive Gender Equality in R&I.

Laura Daučiūnienė

With over 18 years of experience in HR management, leadership development, and creating engaging employee experiences, Laura Daučiūnienė has become a key figure in sustainable organisational growth. Her main goals are creating transparent processes and a safe environment in organizations in governmental and non-governmental sectors.
In 2021, she took on a pivotal role at Mykolas Romeris University, leading the Personnel Management Center as its head. In addition to her central role, Laura also serves as the Rector’s advisor for HR management.

Inés Azaiez

Ines is the communication project officer at the European Science Foundation. She specializes in implementing communication strategies for EU-funded projects, with a focus on UniSAFE. In the past, she contributed to content development in African countries during her two-year at UNICEF. Prior to that, she worked as a marketing specialist at the largest coworking spaces in the Philippines while residing in Southeast Asia.
Ines holds a master’s degree in Public Relations and Strategic Communications from Leeds Beckett University.  Her passion for exploration, coupled with her educational and professional background, has led her to reside in diverse locations around the world, including Tunisia, the United States, Indonesia, the Philippines, Canada, the United Kingdom, and her current residence in France

Cristina Gamberi

Cristina Gamberi is Research Fellow at the University of Bologna and is part of the European Master in Women’s and Gender Studies GEMMA. She holds a PhD in Gender Studies and was Visiting Fellow at the Universities of Utrecht, Hull, Warwick and Norwich. In 2018 she joined the working group on the Council of Europe of the Istanbul Convention to draft the Shadow GREVIO Report on the chapter Prevention and Education in Italy. Since 2016 she has been the coordinator of NoiNo.org to prevent gender-based violence in schools through education.

Helen Maher

Dr Helen Maher is currently Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Galway. In that capacity she currently leads an EDI strategy focused on four pillars: gender; race; sexual violence and harassment; and universal design and accessibility. This work is underpinned by an emphasis on intersectionality. Helen’s experience has primarily been in the field of equality and social justice over the past 25 years, working in a wide variety of contexts in higher education and civil society organisations. Helen holds an MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, and a PhD on the Gendered nature of the Transition to Democracy in South Africa, from Dublin City University. She has substantial experience in curriculum design, lecturing and programme leadership pertaining to social and political theory, policy and practice to progress equality.
Helen has developed, implemented and evaluated projects under the Equal Programme, the Equality for Women Measure, Erasmus+ strategic partnerships and Irish Aid. These projects have focused on engaging with diverse constituencies to address issues of gender, citizenship, identity, equality, inclusion and social change. Helen also designed training programmes under the EU Grundtvig programme examining equality, inclusion and social justice concepts and pedagogical practices for participants working in the field of education across Europe.

Christine Abraham

Christine Abraham holds a Master‘s degree in media and communication and works as an information manager at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Team Center of Excellence Women and Science (CEWS). She is contributing to the EU project UniSAFE with public relations activities, especially via social media and the CEWS web portal.

Daniel Barton

Daniel Barton is a Czech lawyer, researcher and lecturer at the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague. His particular fields of interest are religious freedom, abuse of power and victims of violence. He has represented numerous victims of gender-based violence. He is a member of the Equal Opportunities Board of Charles University.