FORUM Call for Submissions on Power: Gender-Based Violence at OU by October 12th

Each issue of FORUM centers on a monthly theme. October’s issue will focus on perspectives, experiences, and thoughts on gender-based violence. This will include sexual violence and harassment, including stalking, catcalling, and abusive relationships, as well as administrative and police responses to these issues.

Submission Deadline: October 12th, 11:50pm.

Submissions should focus on:

OU activism – How can faculty and staff be better resources for students? Do you know of any professors who are sparking powerful conversations within their classrooms regarding this issue? What student groups are actively engaging in this issue?

OU experiences and perspectives – What is your experience with this issue in and around the OU community?

OU resources – Where can students seek help when experiencing gender-based violence? What are some goals and accomplishments of resource groups on campus?

Email with questions.

How To Submit:

  1. Fill out this form: SUBMISSION FORM__ouforum (word doc).
  2. Save it as a Word Document on your computer.
  3. Email it with your info to (before or on October 12)

General guidelines:

  • Short pieces 300-500 words (can be longer)
  • Prose less than 1000 words
  • Poetry has no word limit
  • We would also love to feature your artwork!

To learn more about what constitutes gender-based violence, visit this website for the global women’s rights organization “Women Win,” which provides a thorough definition of the term:

“Gender-based violence involves men and women, in which the female is usually the target, and is derived from unequal power relationships between men and women. Violence is directed specifically against a woman because she is a woman or affects women disproportionately.[1] It includes, but is not limited to, physical, sexual, and psychological harm. [2] The most pervasive form of gender-based violence is abuse of a woman by intimate male partners. [3]

Gender-based violence includes: battering, intimate partner violence (including marital rape, sexual violence, and dowry/bride price-related violence[4]), feticide, sexual abuse of female children in the household, honour crimes, early marriage, forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FBM)/cutting and other traditional practices harmful to women, sexual harassment and intimidation at work, in school and elsewhere, commercial sexual exploitation, and trafficking of girls and women.”

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