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· 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.
Langdon Olgar is our print publication. With it, we aim to put the issue of street harassment in context with text and visuals on a variety of related issues. Issue two is now available with work from 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. Staple-bound, full colour, and professionally risograph printed at Ditto Press.
Two years on from our first issue, we are still watching.
We’re watching, eyes narrowed, as Alternative Youth Media happily paints itself as the creative, subversive foil to The Mainstream, foolishly grasping the easy money of major corporations disguised as youth brands, while holding a mirror to the same forms of ubiquitous, banter-powered rape culture one might pick up in any newsagent. We pounced on the possibility of another kind of feminist publication, taken beyond those fanzine assumptions, too easy to write off as a de-fanged corner of galling retroisms, aging references and aesthetic cliche.
That said, you’ll notice the many references to feminisms of times past in this issue, as we outright reject the notion of an ahistorical resurgence. They say those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, but we must pore over these histories, the achievements of yesterday’s agigators, artists and thinkers, before we build upon them. The demands may remain constant with our fore-sisters to some extent, but we’re at pains to move forwards, not sideways.
Ordinary women across Britain are being hit by what the Fawcett Society have termed ‘Triple Jeopardy.’ Disproportionately hit by wage freezes and job cuts in the public sector; most likely to be the frontline users of public services from libraries to sure start centres and other community facilities; and because of their traditional role as carers, are often the first called upon to step in as state help is withdrawn. Langdon Olgar Issue two takes flight against a backdrop of these swingeing cuts, enacted by cabinet of 19 men and 4 women, with a combined personal wealth of £70 million.
The worst is undoubtedly yet to come and it’s certain they’d rather you dancing at a shoe-brand sponsored warehouse party or scrolling sleepy blogs of neutered art, indeed doing anything else as long as you’re not listening, not reading and certainly not organising. By collecting these contrasting perspectives from right across the gender spectrum and seeking new ways out of aesthetic irrelevance, we hope to challenge both cultural cul-de-sacs above, and give to you a momentary break from that dull, low drone of misogyny echoing through the city.
Can’t you hear it?
For more information and to order, see here.
Builders who racially and sexually harassed women on Stoke Newington High Street could be losing their jobs thanks to a commuter who contacted the Hackney Gazette.