The Marie Jahoda Center for International Gender Studies is working on a number of projects and programmes that enable the targeted transfer of current research results in the field of gender studies to various segments of society. The spectrum ranges from diversity in football to intersexuality in NRW (the county of North Rhine-Westphalia), from special programmes for founders of start-ups to the development of steps for an inclusive campus. With many of these projects and programmes, the MaJaC is breaking new ground and is collaborating with various partners from society, science, economy, politics and the church.
The campaign ‘Unser Campus’ (Our Campus) is a cooperation between the university and the AKAFÖ (Academic Support Service). The aim of the campaign is to increase the feeling of security on campus. To achieve this, the initiators want to increase identification with the university and promote a protective sense of community. The campaign is aimed at both students and employees. Irrespective of their gender identity or sexual orientation, the subjective nature of boundaries and potentially violent situations is explained to students and staff. They are also shown that they can help make our campus a secure one — without releasing the university from its responsibilities. It must also be clear who you can turn to if you have experienced sexual violence. What support do the university and the AKAFÖ offer students and staff?
‘Erkenne die Grenze’ (know the boundaries) is a campaign for more party fun, which was developed jointly by the Ruhr University Bochum and the city of Bochum.
Recognising your own limits when partying and protecting other people’s can become a challenge when the night is young, the mood is relaxed and the beer tastes so good. In many situations, it is up to you to identify and respect the boundaries of others. The campaign deals with sexism, racism, ableism, knockout drops, alcohol and privacy.
The programme FACE@RUB stands for Female Academic Entrepreneurs at RUB. It is aimed at students, new academics and alumnae from all faculties who wish to look at the topics of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial spirit and start-up culture, interdisciplinarily and transdisciplinarily. FACE@RUB also offers room in the largest makerspace at a German university to develop your own ideas and implement them creatively.
FACE@RUB is part of the RUB World Factory Start-up Center and is funded by the Ministry of the Economy, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy for North Rhine-Westphalia.
There are hardly any empirical studies on intersexuality to date. Between 2015 and 2017, the project “Intersexuality in NRW — A Qualitative Study of Health Care for Inter-gender children in North Rhine-Westphalia” investigated the way in which intersex children are cared for and parents are counselled if intersex is suspected. Parents and doctors were asked about their experiences with diagnosis, then recommendations for action and a brochure for parents were prepared.
The project was funded by the NRW Centre for Health (LZG.NRW).
The project report and further information can be found on the project page.