Almedalen, Visby
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The Secretariat in Almedalen on hate, threats and harassment

Researchers from the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg will take part in several events during this year's Almedalen Week. They contribute with new findings and expertise in discussions about threats and hatred in academia and sexual harassment in the workplace. 

On the morning of Monday 4 July, researcher David Brax, researcher and Senior Advisor at the secretariat, an interim report of a study that shows that many university teachers and researchers in Sweden have been subjected to hatred and threats linked to their jobOver 3,000 people have participated in the survey study, which is the first of its kind in Sweden. The study, as well as the Almedalen event, is carried out in collaboration between the Swedish Association of University Teachers and Researchers, SULF, the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions, SUHF, and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg.

The presentation of the then newly launched interim report will be followed by a panel discussion on hate and threats in the Academia. Participants will be David Brax and Fredrik Bondestam, Associate Professor of Sociology at Uppsala University and Director of the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research, Hans Adolfsson, Vice Chairman and Vice-Chancellor of SUHF, Umeå University, Kerstin Tham, Vice-Chancellor of Malmö University and Sanna Wolk, President of SULF.

After lunch on the same day, the interim report is also the starting point for a conversation about hate and threats within academia in an event by Malmö University. Together with Kerstin Tham, Vice-Chancellor of Malmö University and Erik Renström, Vice-Chancellor of Lund University, David Brax discusses the interim report and, among other things, what higher education institutions can do to support researchers in participating in the public conversation.

Later in the afternoon Fredrik Bondestam will participate in a panel discussion on sexual harassment in the Swedish labour market, which is arranged by Kantar Sifo. The program is based on the Harassment Barometer 2022, produced by Kantar Sifo, which shows that 10% answer yes to the question of whether they have been subjected to sexual harassment at work in the last 12 months.

The Secretariat for Gender Research's participation in Almedalen

(All the events will be held in Swedish)

"Hat och hot inom akademin"
4 July 10:00-11:00
Organizers: SULF, SUHF and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research.  

"Hat och hot mot forskare – hur vanligt är det?"
4 July 13:00-13:45
Organizer: University of Malmö. 

"Sexuella trakasserier på svensk arbetsmarknad"
5 July 14:00-15:00
Organizer: Kantar Public.
Read about the report in the article No change in silence culture shows the Harassment Barometer