Let’s end sexual harassment and discrimination in schools

IARS works directly with young people, employers and professionals who support young people. All our work is guided by young people themselves and based on carefully researched evidence. We know that sexual harassment and discrimination  in school are still present in 2022, affecting young people’s mental health and relationships. 

 

In the UK, at least 37 %of female students at mixed-sex schools have personally experienced some form of sexual harassment at school.

 

 

Only 14 % of students who have experienced sexual harassment reported it to a teacher.

 

 

Over 27 %of secondary school teachers say they would not feel confident tackling a sexist incident if they experienced or witnessed it in school.

 

Why IARS?

IARS has been championing women’s rights since 1998 through research, campaigning and training on Gender Based Violence, Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment. 

Our 20 years of experience in working with young people and educators allow us to create interactive experiences with long lasting impact either online or on site. 

 

Currently we are working in 3 gender based projects

Children First – tackling dating violence in schools by creating an online  game for young people to explore and discuss gender stereotypes in the context of healthy relationships, and creating an online learning platform for educators to address gender-based violence in a school setting (www.childrenfirst.info

 

FREE from gender-based discrimination in schools – creating resources for parents and teachers to work together to tackle gender-based discrimination and sterotypes (www.projectfree.eu

 

Shanarani youth-led project – creating an online platform and app-based game for young people and youth workers to address gender stereotypes in tv, film and the creative arts (www.syproject.eu)

 

 

 

 

As a charity we are able to offer significant discounts to other non-profit organisations. For more information please contact  Jessica at  j.danby@iars.org.uk 

EMBARGOED 00:01 TUESDAY 8 MARCH 2022 

We are Sculpt

IARS International Institute to operate as Sculpt

*Charity CEO available for interview – details in notes 

A UK-based youth charity today changes its operating name from the IARS International Institute to Sculpt. 

IARS is an international NGO that’s been working to empower young people to forge a fairer society for over 20 years. Their work is guided and evaluated by young people themselves.  

Over the last 20 years, IARS has delivered more than 70 successful projects that have addressed real problems that young people face, in areas such as: 

  • Gender discrimination 
  • Violence against women and girls 
  • Supporting young people to find work 
  • Creating green and sustainable business 
  • Promoting collaboration among young people across the world and much more. 

In 2021, with the world changing rapidly and opportunities for their work shifting, they decided to refresh their purpose and identity, and made the decision to rebrand as Sculpt. 

Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of Sculpt, said: 

‘We are delighted to launch our new brand that speaks to our aim to empower young people to shape their future.

‘We believe that many of today’s young people are facing unjust challenges – economically, environmentally and socially. A fair, sustainable society can only evolve if all young people have the opportunities, the confidence, the ambition and the skills to make their voices heard and propel change in their communities, irrespective of who they are or where they come from.  

‘Our rebrand, like our work, has been guided by research and by young people themselves. As an organisation we base our work on rigorously researched evidence and are led in our approach by our youth advisory board. Their voices and insight are critical to solving the right problems in meaningful ways.’  

 

Notes to editors:  

Dr. Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of The IARS International Institute is available for interview. Contact Claire directly on: director@iars.org.uk +44(0) 7833 224442  

Sculpt

www.sculptuk.org 

Sculpt is a UK-based charity providing research, training and work-experience opportunities that empower young people to shape their own futures and those of their communities. 

We work directly with young people, employers and professionals who support young people. All our work is guided by young people themselves and based on carefully researched evidence. We: 

  • Facilitate forums for young people to make their needs and their voices heard. 
  • Publish a magazine by young people to express their perspectives and encourage debate around public policy issues. 
  • Conduct research to uncover young people’s real needs and what works to empower and support them. 
  • Deliver training to build young people’s confidence, skills, ambition, resilience and sense of responsibility, so they can shape their futures and change their communities for the better, as leaders, social entrepreneurs and active participants in civic life. 
  • Deliver training for professionals who work with young people, drawing on our research and expertise. 
  • Engage with employers to facilitate work experience and employment opportunities for young people to develop skills and access diverse jobs. 
  • Facilitate international exchange opportunities to encourage and enable young people to experience and appreciate other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. 

We tackle disempowerment from three angles: working directly with young people to build confidence and skills and their voice, working with professionals who support young people, and working with employers to break down barriers to opportunity.