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    • Street harassing behaviors presentation marked seminar for BCSP interns

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    • Date: 09 May 2015

      The second seminar for the XVII generation of interns was held in BCSP library on May 5 2015. This seminar was highlighted by the international guest researcher Alma Rondanini presentation of her research project on the roots and transmission of street harassing behaviors in the Italian context.

      After explaining the crucial role that gender plays in the matter of street harassment, and outlining the characteristics of the phenomenon, she shared her personal journey that from target led her to become a researcher and lately an activist. Rondanini emphasized the impact of social media for awareness raising.

      “The curiosity for academic research arose from viral tweets of women sharing their experience that caught my attention in 2013. From that particular moment I realized I was not alone experiencing this, that it was important to talk about it and that there were dedicated NGOs like Stop Street Harassment and Hollaback! International providing support”, she noted.

      Rondanini is co-founder of the initiative NO Molestie Di Strada that creatively addresses street harassment by posting thought-provoking stickers. Her interest motivated her in getting familiar with the situation in Serbia as well, connecting her with local CSOs such as the Equity Youth Association from Nis.

      “The last survey available shows how only 18,5% of the respondents recognize unrequested comments on their appearance as sexual harassment”, she stressed.

      Furthermore, Rondanini emphasized the importance of keeping academic research, professional work, activism and personal experience constantly interconnected. She noted how her work with the Gender and Security Program at BCSP is greatly benefiting her research and vice versa.

      During the seminar interns were also building knowledge on EU integrations, effective communications, and backgrounder production.

      BCSP Researcher Bojan Elek held a presentation on the main policies concerning the chapters 23 and 24 of EU integrations process, European standards in the field of judiciary and fundamental rights and justice, freedom and security, and also the challenges that Serbia meets in the technical process of negotiations, with reference to the historical development of access to EU enlargement with a special focus on the Western Balkans.

      The best practices in writing for websites, blogs and social media were in focus of presentation held by BCSP Communications Officer Radomir Cvetkovic. He pointed out the specifics of writing for the online media, the importance of message development and shared experiences on research outreach. Interns have shown the great interest for the topic of using social media to promote content, and discussed on content placement on Facebook and Twitter.

      At the end of the seminar interns presented and discussed drafts of their papers, which will be produced under the supervision of their mentors in BCSP. 

      The report was contributed by the BCSP guest researcher Alma Rondanini

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