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Today we launched a crowd-funding page to raise £5000 to bring Good Night Out, our anti-harassment campaign to cities around the UK and Ireland. Watch the campaign video and find out more here.
The first ever coordinated national action around safety on nights out from Hollaback London – the Good Night Out campaign calls on bars, pubs, venues and clubs to improve their safety policies by signing a pledge and undergoing staff training, advice and support.
Good Night Out will launch nationally during Fresher’s Week 2014 in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Oxford, Bristol, Glasgow, Nottingham, Brighton, Galway, Limerick, and the Medway towns in Kent, with more cities signing up every day.
Piloted in London since March, venues in London including fabric, The Old Blue Last, Birthdays, Village Underground, University of London, Dance Tunnel, Dalston Superstore, The Lexington and more have already signed up to the campaign, undergoing the Good Night Out training and displaying posters with the pledge: “If something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable, no matter how minor it seems, you can speak to any member of staff who will work with you to make sure it doesn’t have to ruin your night.”
Tyvian Vigrass, Operations Manager at Village Underground in Shoreditch says of the campaign: ”Having been in the industry for over 20 years it’s refreshing to still be able to learn valuable skills and techniques when dealing with sensitive issues such as those brought to our attention by Good Night Out. This valuable insight to such an important but sometimes overlooked issue was unanimously applauded by the staff team, and we are proud to be a supporter of Good Night Out and their campaign to raise awareness among staff and punters in late night establishments.”
Bryony Beynon, co-director of the campaign, says “Since launching in March we’ve been overwhelmed by support for the campaign from London’s night-time economy, who’ve sent a clear message to their punters that whether it’s sleazy comments, groping, leering, sexual assault or homophobic attacks, harassment will not be tolerated. The message from the rest of the country is loud and clear – they want this! We’ve created a UK and Ireland-wide network of organisers ready to end this kind of behaviour for good. We’ve already achieved big things with zero funding, and have the experience and knowledge to make this modest amount of cash go very far.”
Find out more about the Good Night Out Campaign and donate at http://igg.me/at/goodnightout
If you’re a venue or are interested in bringing the campaign to your area, get in touch!
It’s been an amazing week! Our Good Night Out campaign launched on Friday 7th, so we worked from a variety of coffee-serving locations sending out press releases and talking to journalists. Susuana of Hollaback ULU (pictured) threw an awesome launch party with feminist DJs and giant heads.
Posters have been going up around in our launch supporter venues around the city and we already have some interest from more venues to get on board!
We were up bright and early on Saturday for the Million Women Rise march and rally, which was incredibly inspiring. On Sunday we gave a workshop at the brilliant Wowzers Festival, where, as with every time we run a workshop, we learnt something new about the diversity of ways that gender, race and sexuality intersect when it comes to street harassment.
It’s been great to see how positive the response to Good Night Out has been so far. Check out these stories in:
The Guardian (Sexual harassment is normal in clubs but are things about to change?)
Evening Standard (Reclaiming the streets from London’s leches – check it our in print too)
We also had words in Dazed Digital and The Quietus, Dj Mag, The Debrief, Resident Advisor, FACT Magazine , Mixmag, Wildtimes, The Ransom Note and Dalstonist, and more coming soon in Time Out and the NME.
The social media response has been amazing too:
Julia and myself (Bryony) have been running Hollaback London as volunteer activists (just like all the other Hollaback sites around the world) for almost four years, we receive no funding for this work and are always keen to hear of ideas to fundraise so we can continue doing it, so get in touch if you’d like to help support us.
If you’re a venue thats interested in becoming part of #goodnightout please email us first to find out how the process works: firstname.lastname@example.org
· The first ever London-wide campaign to end sexual harassment on nights out launches today, backed by some of London’s most high profile venues including Ministry of Sound and fabric.
· Posters informing patrons of zero-tolerance approach now displayed in bars, clubs and venues across the city with staff resources provided by anti-harassment group Hollaback London
Julia Gray, co-director of Hollaback London, says “Groping, bum-slapping, and sexually aggressive behaviour are all too common aspects of night outs in London. We started this campaign because so many women and LGTBQ people submit stories of harassment and even assault in clubs and pubs to our website; and these experiences are now so commonplace that they’re actually putting people off going out altogether. We’re challenging our nighttime economy to create safer nights out for all their customers. Taking on our up-front, coordinated approach means sending a public message that this behaviour won’t go unchallenged. We’re completely independent and are encouraging everyone to tweet their experiences on #goodnightout so we can ensure the pledge is put into practice.”
Endorsed by End Violence Against Women Coalition and Everyday Sexism, Good Night Out signatories working closely with Hollaback London on their harassment policies already include:
- Shoreditch arts venue Village Underground
- The Alibi, Dalston Superstore, Dance Tunnel and the Shacklewell Arms.
Kirsti Weir from fabric says ““We’ve always had a zero tolerance harassment policy and we’ve been working with Hollaback London to boost our patrons’ awareness of our commitment to stamping it out with our online campaign and highly visible posters. It’s great that the Good Night Out campaign as a collaborative effort across London and it’s something we fully support and endorse.”
Auro Foxcroft, Director, Village Underground says: “We’re supporting Hollaback London and the Good Night Out initiative because we want everyone from the many communities and audiences we work with to feel comfortable and safe from harassment and prejudice.”
Dan Beaumont, owner of Dalston Superstore and the recently opened Dance Tunnel says: “We have worked hard over the years to ensure we’re welcoming in a gay-friendly crowd, so we already operate a zero-tolerance aggressive behaviour policy. Good Night Out and its message chime perfectly with this, so it’s great to see more venues taking this approach.”
Sarah Green from End Violence Against Women Coalition says “This is a brilliant campaign by Hollaback London and we congratulate all the bars and clubs who have signed up for recognising the issues and taking a stand. We asked YouGov to survey London women in 2012 about their experiences of sexual harassment in public places and found that almost half of younger women had experienced it in the last year. Clubs and pubs have a critical role to play in making their spaces intolerant of this behaviour. We wish the campaign every success.”
Any business that is part of the nighttime economy is welcome to sign up for Good Night Out to receive poster series and discuss staff resources and training.
Check out the Good Night Out site for more information on the campaign or get in touch via email@example.com
Well, on Friday 7th,we’ll be launching a brand new campaign. It’s all about getting clubs, pubs, bars and venues to tackle and prevent harassment, keep an eye on the hashtag #goodnightout for details and check here.
Then, from Friday 7th from 8pm at ULU (Malet Street) we’ll be joining our Hollaback ULU (University of London Union) for an 80s Themed Good Night Out club night with feminist DJs at ULU.
On Saturday 8th we’ll be marching at Million Women Rise with thousands of other women to demand and end to violence against women and girls, to honour the memory of women killed by male violence and patriarchal systems of oppression and generally have a good old stomp/shout. Come with us and march in the #hollabloc ! Leaves from Duke St next to Selfridges at Midday, we’ll have hollabanners if you look out for us, or drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get a number for us. FACEBOOK EVENT
Then on Sunday 9th, just when you thought it was all over we’ll be leading a Free Workshop at the WOWZERS Festival at LSE on Sunday. The workshop will be an informal, friendly safe space to discuss your experiences of street harassment, take on some of the myths, hear about the work we do and hear about how to get involved if you would like to volunteer with us. Here’s the Facebook event, grab a free ticket to WOWZERS in order to attend, and then come to a free feminist punk gig at Wowzers featuring the awesome WOOLF, Actual Crimes and many more!
Phew! Add yourselves to our mailing list to stay in touch about these events.
We’re excited to share our first video, which addresses common street harassment myths.
Let us know what you think!
PS. We’ve finally updated to a Facebook page also, so get at us on there if you have ideas for future videos, talks or events we can feature or if you’d like to host a workshop.
We’re excited to announce that we have been working with TfL and British Transport Police on Project Guardian, a groundbreaking campaign to address and change how unwanted sexual behaviour that happens on their networks is dealt with. This includes tubes, overground trains and buses. Today they went public in the Guardian and so after months of confidentiality we can finally talk about it!
Join the twitter discussion over at #ProjGuardian - Media enquiries – email email@example.com.
Along with other women’s organisations, we have acted as a ‘critical friend’ to the working group, sitting on the advisory board alongside the End Violence Against Women Coalition and Everyday Sexism, helping to steer the project in the right direction. We’re honoured to be working so closely on such a game-changing piece of work.
While not all harassment is a crime under law, Project Guardian will encourage the reporting of every incident that contributes to the culture of fear faced by women and LGBTQ people, to get a real sense of the scale of the problem, so they can formulate policy based on lived experience. Research has been commissioned that involves real people, to get a better sense of what the barriers are. Again, this is hugely significant coming from an institution not exactly always applauded for believing victims. Project Guardian also sees the police acknowledging that this campaign will undoubtedly see the crime stats rocket as confidence in reporting increases, but the consequences of the latter make the inevitable ‘crime goes up’ headlines worth it.
Specific training on unwanted sexual behaviour has now been delivered to every single officer serving on the transport system (over 2000) and is being rolled out not only to TfL staff but to the employees of contracted bus services, encouraging them to play an active role in helping combat unwanted sexual behaviour on their buses.
We were unsure initially about engaging with the project due to our desire to remain independent both as activists and as a source of support that doesn’t tell people who experience harassment what they ‘should’ do. However, having met with the people working on the project, we have been repeatedly pleasantly surprised with how far-reaching and well-researched the rationale behind Project Guardian is. Ultimately we saw this as an opportunity to engage with law enforcement and transport authorities in a productive way, taking our years of learning and the voices on this site, and using them to influence and improve the city we live in.
The Project is ongoing and we will be updating you with regular bulletins about our work in helping to shape this.
Come to an evening of music and eating on Wednesday May 8th at GALLERY CAFE, BETHNAL GREEN a not-for-profit vegan/vegetarian volunteer-run cafe, to celebrate the launch of Langdon Olgar II, the Hollaback London publication, and to celebrate Three Years of challenging street harassment.
Playing live will be:
SISTERS [LISTEN HERE]
SHOPPING [LISTEN HERE]
Jaw-rattling post punk
FEATURE [LISTEN HERE]
Soul-shaking future jams
[This is also their EP launch!]
£5 entry gets you a copy of LOII on entry. There will be readings from the zine also.
Langdon Olgar is a publication about the body and public space. It sits somewhere between zine, journal and artist’s book in form, and includes work from interested parties across the gender spectrum including Tavi Gevinson, Jen Calleja, Barbara Hammer, Jes Skolnik, Judy Berman, R.M Phoenix and many others, as well as art and writing from the editors themselves, and design and layout by Jamie Reid. It is staple-bound, full colour, and was professionally risograph printed by our friends at Ditto Press.
The gig is also a fundraiser for a poster campaign we are gearing up for that specifically targets pubs and club management to engage with the task of making their businesses less creepy (see our work with Fabric: http://www.fabriclondon.com/harassment) We now want to roll this out across lots of pubs and clubs across the city, so any profit after costs will go towards the printing costs for that. WOO!
Just a quick email to fill you in on what we’ve been up to, what we’ve got planned and how you can get involved with the international movement to end street harassment! Find out about Langdon Olgar issue two, our journal/zine with work from Tavi Gevinson and Barbara Hammer. Check out our event with Labour Women’s Group especially for IWD, where we’ll be speaking alongside Amnesty UK and the Chair of Police & Crime Committee. We’ve got a lot of really exciting stuff up our sleeve that we need all hands on deck with….
January 31st saw 300 men and women take to the streets of Cambridge in the global annual anti-rape march Reclaim The Night. Hollaback London’s Julia Gray went up to give a talk at the vigil held at the end of the march. You can read a write-up of the event in the Cambridge University paper here
Last month we brought out the long-awaited second issue of our side project mini-magazine Langdon Olgar. Taking gender, sexism and the body in public space as a jumping off point, the print publication seeks to challenge the accepted format of the feminist zine and tackle the issues surrounding street harassment while pushing the aesthetic boundaries of a political publication. Read the introduction here, check it out here, and buy a copy here! We accept submissions on an ongoing basis, so please do send in any contributions to London@ihollaback.org. We plan to hold a launch event soon. If you are interested in helping with this launch or have ideas, please get in touch!
Next week we’ll be speaking at Enfield Labour Women’s Forum (flyer link), with many others including Joanne McCartney (overseeing the Mayor’s Violence Against Women & Girls Strategy, Kate Talbot (Lambeth Women’s Safety Charter) and Karla McLaren from Amnesty UK. While we’re not party political we can’t wait to share our stories and learn from these women, and hope you can joint us. This one’s a women only event – all Labour women members, supporters and friends from Enfield & beyond are welcome.
Currently, all Hollaback London activity is undertaken by two people.
Want to lend a hand? We need help with everything from press work (of which we do a lot) to speaking events to workshops to the everyday work of running the Website, Facebook and Twitter feed. You don’t need previous experience, all gender identities welcome, you just need some time, a lot of energy and a commitment to seeing the end of street harassment. Please get in touch if this sounds like you! London@ihollaback.org
We’ve been speaking with a documentary team at the BBC who are doing some research and would like to hear from you:
Hello, I am writing from the BBC Documentary Department in the UK. I’m doing some research into what it is like to be a young woman living in India today. I am looking to speak to young British Indian women who have views on the current situation in India – particularly in relation to the recent rape and sexual harassment cases. I would be really interested to hear from anyone who might be able to help me with my research – you might have personal stories to tell or you might just be passionate about the subject.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org - all conversations will be confidential and there is no obligation to appear in the programme.
Sexual harassment of women is impervious to ethnicity, culture, class and religion, and is a global issue. For this project in particular we hope we have made clear in our post that, as well as hearing the opinions of young British Indian women, we are keen to hear from all women who are passionate about the problem of female sexual harassment.