University of Galway SU to hold series of events during Consent Week

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University of Galway Students’ Union will hold a series of events from 13 to 17 February to mark their annual Consent Week.

The events, in partnership with Active* Consent, will look at key issues impacting on the sexual health and wellbeing of students.

There will be workshops, STI testing clinics, a Galentine’s Day brunch and a self-care session during the week. 

The Active* Consent workshop will provide a safe space to explore the nuances of sexual intimacy and consent so if people choose to be intimate with others it will be mutually consensual, mutually enjoyable and done safely. 

This workshop is interactive, informative, based on understandings of the context in which young people are exploring their sexuality now, and share practical skills relevant for their own relationships.  

Students’ Union Vice-President/Welfare and Equality Officer Imogen O’Flaherty Falconer said they have some great workshops and events coming up for Consent Week.

“Students’ Unions and Universities need to take a strong lead in ending the culture of victim blaming as sexual violence and harassment are still prevalent issues in today’s world,” said Imogen.

“Consent is Ongoing, Mutual and Freely Given – this is the core message of the University of Galway Active* Consent programme.”

Students’ Union President Sai Gujulla added: “We hope that our Consent week events will encourage our students to take a responsible attitude to sexual health and healthy relationships.

“We still have a long way to go in Irish society in terms of breaking down the taboo of talking about sex. We want our students to be educated about their sexual rights.”