Institute of Education


VIRTUAL EVENT: Tackling sexual harassment at school using a human rights framework

20 January 2021, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

Universal Declaration of Human Rights written on steps at the University of Essex

This inaugural session from the World Education Research Association (WERA) International Research Network (IRN) in Human Rights Education 2021 webinar series addresses #MeToo in school. 

This event is free.

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Professor Hugh Starkey

The researchers will discuss the challenges and strengths of drawing upon negative experiences of lived injustice in class, arguing that such experiences can serve as a resource for education about, through and for human rights. 

Their discussion will be based on a case study of verbal sexual harassment experienced by a young female teacher and her 17-year-old student in a Norwegian upper secondary school. 

Complementing this case study, they will discuss a survey they conducted among secondary school students, concerning how young learners report being sexually harassed and how often an adult intervenes in the situation.

Combining the theoretical framework of human rights education and the concepts of intersectionality and recognition, they consider the pedagogical potential of drawing upon teachers’ and young learners’ experiences of verbal sexual harassment. 


  • Beate Goldschmidt-Gjerløw, University of Agder, Norway
  • Irene Trysnes, University of Agder, Norway

WERA IRN on Human Rights Education 

The World Education Research Association (WERA) International Research Network (IRN) in Human Rights Education was established in Spring 2019 and launched in London in June 2019. The coordinators are Professor Audrey Osler from the University of South-Eastern Norway and Professor Hugh Starkey from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

The two pillars of the IRN are Human Rights Education Review and the International Conference on Education and Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC).

Human Rights Education 2021 webinar series 

Human Rights Education Review is hosting the Human Rights Education 2021 webinar series.

The webinars aim to create an opportunity for supportive but critical debate of key questions in the field of human rights education.

The series will run from January to June 2021 and is planned to take place on Wednesdays at 4:30pm - 5:30 (London GMT).