Open-door Counseling Day on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Counseling services at Freie Universität offer confidential counseling for those confronted with physical, psychological, or sexualized harassment, discrimination, or violence

No 217/2020 from Nov 18, 2020

Coinciding with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Wormen, numerous contact and counseling centers at Freie Universität Berlin are offering confidential counseling on November 25, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The counseling sessions can take place in German, English, French, Spanish, or Turkish. To accommodate the current pandemic situation, the counseling sessions willn take place by phone or online. The gender equality officers and women’s counselors in the Chief Gender Equality Office as well as from numerous departments and units at Freie Universität are participating. The open counseling day is being organized by the Office of the Standing Working Group on Sexualized Harassment, Discrimination, and Violence at Freie Universität Berlin.

The counselors are bound by professional secrecy.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women takes place annually worldwide as a day of remembrance and action against all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls. Experts say that domestic violence increases in times of restrictions in daily life, such as the current coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, it is more difficult for those affected by violence to seek support. The aim of the counseling day, which is being organized for the second time at Freie Universität since 2019, is to counteract this. Those seeking advice receive support here.

Participating Counseling Services:

Wendy Stollberg: Program Manager at the Office of the Standing Working Group on Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Violence

Melanie Bittner: Program Manager at the Toolbox Gender und Diversity in Teaching

Esra Teper: Member of the Chief Gender Equality Office

Christine Eßmann-Stern: Gender Equality Officer of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy

Jana Petri: Deputy Gender Equality Officer of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy

Katharina Schmidt: Gender Equality Officer of Education and Psychology

Gisela Romain: Deputy Gender Equality Officer of Education and Psychology

Carolin Rabethge: Gender Equality Officer of Earth Sciences

Anna Giribaldi: Deputy Gender Equality Officer of Earth Sciences

Ana Nenadovi?: Gender Equality Officer of the Latin American Institute

Sera Renée Zentiks: Gender Equality Officer of Mathematics and Computer Science

Véronique Gola: Gender Equality Officer of the Language Center

Brigitte Reysen-Kostudis: Psychologist at the Center for Academic Advising and Psychological Counseling

Anja Brüggemann: Gender Equality Officer of Business & Economics

Vera Heinau­: Gender Equality Officer at ZEDAT

Katharina Helfrich: Women’s Counselor at AStA (Student Body Council)

Jonas Roth: Counselor at AStA (Student Body Council) for gay, bisexual, and transgender students

Gordana Gusi?: Officer for Social Counseling and Support

Viola Auermann: Contact Person for Social Counseling and Support

André Lefeber: Representative for Employees with Disabilities

Anja Ahrens: Counselor for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses

The counselors are also available on other days. Please schedule an appointment.


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