UK Wide, United Kingdom
|Words By||The Wild Times Admin|
|Genre||Music: Clubs & Nightlife|
|Subgenre||Electronic / Dance|
|Published||Saturday 8th of March 2014|
London clubs, bars and venues pledge to end harassment as Hollaback London launches Good Night Out campaign.
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
Hollaback London launches Good Night Out today, a campaign calling on London’s bars, clubs and venues to take a zero-tolerance approach to harassment. Supportive establishments including Fabric and Ministry of Sound have signed a pledge that states:
“We want you to have a great night out. No matter how minor it seems, if something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable, you can report it to a member of our staff. They will believe you and make sure it doesn’t have to ruin your night.”
Julia Gray, co-director of Hollaback London, said “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:
- Vice-owned pub and venues The Old Blue Last and Birthdays
- University of London Union bar
- fabric and Ministry of Sound
- Shoreditch arts venue Village Underground
- Dalston bars The Alibi, Dalston Superstore and 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 want 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 Coaltion 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. For more information, see ldn.ihollaback.org andgoodnightout.tumblr.com
For further information/interviews/quotes:
Co-directors Bryony Beynon - 07989 982509 and Julia Gray - 07944546631
About Hollaback London
Hollaback London is part of the growing global movement to end street harassment, one of 70 sites in 24 countries. Founded by Julia Gray and Bryony Beynon in 2010, it is primarily a website and app where thousands of women and LGTBQ people plot their street harassment experiences on a map of London. Hollaback London also coordinates community workshops, creates its own media and works to challenge the attitudes in media and society that enable harassment. Hollaback London also provides independent advice to British Transport Police and Transport for London on how to deal with unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport, and works closely with University of London Union through its student branch, Hollaback ULU London Students.