The UGM Task Force for the Prevention and Handling of Sexual Violence participated in the National Higher Education Task Force Capacity Building on October 8-11, 2023, in Surabaya, East Java.
The UGM task force had the opportunity to share its experience in implementing the Minister of Education Regulation No. 30 of 2021, with Istiqomah Yungsiana presenting the materials on regulations, prevention practices, and handling practices.
“The UGM task force had the opportunity to share its experiences in both prevention and handling that have been carried out for one year since its establishment,” Yungsiana said.
The event was attended by 35 task forces consisting of academic staff, non-academic staff, and students from public higher education institutions in Yogyakarta, Central Java, East Java, and Bali.
This activity was aimed at enhancing the implementation of the Minister of Education’s Regulation on the Prevention and Handling of Sexual Violence issued in 2021 to address the issue of sexual violence in higher education institutions.
Yungsiana explained that during the four-day training, each task force unit, including students, academic staff, and non-academic staff, received diverse learning models.
The learning activities included plenary sessions or general presentations, simulation classes guided by facilitators and co-facilitators of character-strengthening centers, and self-directed learning.
The general presentations covered topics ranging from legal foundations related to sexual violence, prevention and handling mechanisms, investigative interview techniques, documentation of cases, and sharing sessions by task forces.
Creating a Safe Campus
On October 19, 2023, the UGM task force reported the performance of prevention and handling of sexual violence at UGM for the April-August 2023 period.
In this meeting, opened by the UGM Vice-Rector for Education and Teaching, Professor Wening Udasmoro, Chair of the UGM Task Force for the Prevention and Handling of Sexual Violence, Dr. Sri Wiyanti Eddyono, provided information about the work achievements of the UGM task force.
Of the ten tasks, eight have been implemented, and two are in the implementation process.
The tasks that have been completed include the formulation of standard operating procedures (SOP), the finalization of guidelines for handling sexual violence cases, and sexual violence awareness campaigns.
The tasks currently in the implementation process are a collaborative survey designed with the UGM Health Promoting University (HPU).
Dr. Andi Sandi Antonius Tabusassa Tonralipu, the Secretary of UGM, expressed gratitude for the hard work and achievements of the UGM Task Force for the Prevention and Handling of Sexual Violence.
He hopes that in the future, all members of the UGM community will be safe from various forms of violence.
Authors: Abdila/Yasmin Nida Firdausi