One incident was that after the seminar we gathered with fellow students and the lecturer and my girlfriend came to pick me up. At this moment everybody started to stare at us because we are a lesbian couple. It was a combination of sexism, lesbophobia, homophobia, and racism against my girlfriend in the university setting, which I did not expect. I realized then how normalized that is. The university is not interested in giving us a safe space so we can learn without experiencing such discrimination. I neither feel neglected as a woman, nor as a woman with an immigration background, nor as a second-class student, to be quite honest. On the contrary, I have the feeling that diversity really is a very top priority of the Freie Universität and I feel quite comfortable. I can fully identify with the Freie Universität Often there are jokes made and then nothing is said. It is normalized and this is quite a violent act. It takes place on a highly intellectual level where it becomes clear; we live in a patriarchal society in which the male person has the last word. Here at the university, the topic of sexual discrimination and violence is a double taboo. First, it is a taboo because it is a taboo in our society in general, and second because you can not imagine that something like that can happen in a university. And what is sexual discrimination and violence? Sexual discrimination and violence are not about sexuality but about power. As a result, asymmetric power relations that exist in the university between teachers and students are predestined, of course, also between employees exist hierarchies. These are constellations where it not necessarily happes – but it is where it originates. It is known that these cases exist in universities, in Germany and in other countries, of course. For me, gender based discrimination is the moment when a person is treated differently, because they are of a certain gender, because they are a woman, because they are a trans person. And gender based violence is the moment when this discrimination happens, how can i say, it passes the level in which it is an attack on the other person, in which it is really about physical violence. There is a guideline on dealing with gender based discrimination and violence at the Freie Universität, and there is a working group for this topic that was founded about a year ago. We do this not only in this working group, but also in cooperation with the press office. We, as the central online editorial office, would like to help to use different ways, internally and externally, to make men and women alike become aware of: what can I do, how can I possibly reflect on my own behavior? How can I behave when I see something happening that seems not right to me? Whom should I contact? We want to work on this on a wider, larger level, to make one more informed. With this we would like to contribut. It should be made visible at the university, that this is a topic that affects everyone, not just the concerned. Whether man or woman, whether white or black, we can all be discriminated against in university environments. Discrimination is not only against women in university environments, it can be against men, or against people with HIV, against a person in a wheelchair. Being in a wheelchair affects gender (relations). As a student in the lectures in the seminars one can already notice, in word-announcements when participating in group work in lectures, that there is a big difference between my fellow students identified by me as male and female, concerning their participation and role in the different work in groups. So there is a of sort of “gendering” that is making women speak less in public, to think a lot before they speak, not to be judged „oh passionate, oh she’s being emotional, not being rational“. I think all these stereotypes of gender make women have more awareness when expressing themselves publicly, trying to deconstruct… men don´t have this barrier, they just talk. The space is always dominated by men, whereas the majority are women. If you pay a bit attention to that, you will notice that it is often the case that the statement of a man will count more or will take up more space than the statement of a woman. In my case it is a little personal, because I’m a trans person, I identify myself as a no-binary person , but also as transmasculine. In that sense it’s a bit like I have the experience of each of the two parts, as much to be in the position of woman, as to be in the position of a person perceived as a man. It’s interesting because then I know what it feels like to be discriminated against for being a woman, but I also know how it feels to have privilege from being a man. When you decide the name of a title, an event, like “feminism, decolonialism ” or “women empowerment”, any term related to gender, it turns out that the audience becomes only women who are already interested in this topic. It’s rare to see a man or women who weren’t interested, that don’t identify themselves as feminists attending and reading this type of production. So the choice of term ends up being a strategic and political choice “will I really include feminism”, because people have to know, exists a feminist production in Latin America, but I am restricting the public who will read it or I put another term to broaden the debate of who’s going to read it and who will be affected by what I’m writing. I still don’t know the answer to that, but it’s a question… the terminology also has to be considered. In class, we experience it is part of our subjects, the experience that there is a sense of stigma in respect of gender. Many students have a very big problem to say, choose the profile, because they think in their final document, it will show that they studied gender they consider it definitely as a point of exclusion for the labor market. I think that I can understand them, because depending on the sphere, the area in which you are looking for work, sometimes they consider the profile of gender as if it were something only ideological. And that is very serious. There were some cases in which women were already afraid to go to university, because they were pursued, they were kicked and beaten. I think that in the European countries – it can also be a cliche – but I feel that they are a little more advanced in terms of handling such situations. Especially in the Academy. Because of the cultural part, because I feel that Colombia and in general in Latin America, there still remains a lot of “Machismo” standards, I feel that in European or other countries, there is less “Machismo”, or it more controlled. I also feel that it is a social and cultural thing. And in the Academy it is reinforced. (There was the case) that a guy was violent here at the university and then we got in touch with the president to execute house bans. We already had good cooperations. The university will pursue cases of various degrees. It may be that there is only one conversation, it may be that other measures are necessary. We have decided that the scholarship guidelines must also contain this as an element. Someone who behaves inappropriately is in danger of losing his scholarship. Positions have been made: No means no! It is often the case that women have children and leave the university, they remain at home for years and have a very hard re-entry. At the same time, it is still not normal that fathers stay at home. …they don’t consider that women in their academic project can get pregnant, yes but it can happen, it happened to me. I feel that there are no differential conditions for the (pregnant) students and the academic load is very hard and there should be a little more solutions, not just for pregnant women, for those who are mothers and want to complete their academic project. It becomes an issue or you choose or postpone, but as if you could not do several things at the time. So I think it is very important, because women projects are diverse, and that’s how we find ourselves in the academy. If I want to be mother, then I am or student or mother, I don’t think that it should limit us from doing the different things we want to realize as women. but yes I believe that the University should implement things, a special offer for female students. The “critical eye” of the academic community also isn’t collaborating. Because it is as if it is not well accepted if you are pregnant, but I think we’re adult enough to make decisions. There are short-term support programs at other universities. That means, if you have a small child and you do not have a care center, or your babysitter canceles and you have to stay at the library, go to class or do other things at university. You can leave the child temporary at a care center. We have here the parent-child room but without someone to take care of the child, meaning only someone who has already a person to take care of the child can use it. It would be good if there were something (like a care center) When an issue related to gender arises – or to inequalities, to discrimination, the university turnes away. And I think it happens both here and elsewhere. We offer a general career course for BA students in gender and diversity competence. I believe that it would be good if not only the students could acquire this competence, but all the teachers and all employees at this university. This would be a huge step to prevent gender based discrimination and violence. If you are affected by gender based violence and discrimination, it is very important to talk to someone about it. It could be a women’s representative, but could also be a trustworthy person you have known for a long time, a friend or a family member. Looking for what is the best way to change the situation. In the field of work or in the course of studies, the topic will not be settled by itself. As a second step it is important to talk to the women’s representatives about the things that could be done to get you out of the situation. A possibility is to report the aggressor, but it does not have to happen. The first step is really to look, what do I want, what do I need to make me feel better again. Men should definitely be interested in the topic because gender based violence is often exercised by men. We men benefit from sexism and misogyny. Often it is not easy to notice it and it is hard to accept that we are those who benefit from this system of violence. Often in very subtle scenarios and situations where you could disagree about this but there is definitely a hierarchy that is unfair and which should not exist in this form. Especially because we are the ones who benefit from the system, if we are against this injustice, it should strike us, and we should do something about it. …put women on committees in Congress, put women as Department Representatives, that way women start to participate in this place, not only as students but also as producers of knowledge. This will already make a change in the ownership of what is read, the discussions in the classroom, the perspective on knowledge changes, I think that would be a first step.