what do we want

A safer environment for 
Women & Girls

We are saying that Conversation, New Laws and Education are the answers to the question

"How can we make women feel safer in public spaces"

Conversation

This campaign seeks to create positive conversation between people and to encourage boys and men to listen to the experiences of the females around them. And then to ask the question, “How can we help?”
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Let’s understand the harassment that women have experienced in public spaces. Let’s ask them about their experiences, and let’s listen to their answers.

Let’s reassess, “low-level” harassment. Is it really low-level? Can a wolf whistle intimidate?
Is it ever appropriate to “compliment” another person that we don’t know based on their appearance?

Let’s revise our own behaviour in the light of our new-found knowledge.

Let’s talk to our MP, tell them how we feel, and ask them to take action
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Education

Educate schoolchildren and students about what constitutes sexual harassment, and have them discuss the differences that males and females experience in their day-to-day lives whilst moving around in public spaces.
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Education to be linked to new sexual harassment laws that apply everywhere, not just in the workplace, not just in schools, not just in certain age groups.

Create an adult education programme, where offenders can benefit from compulsory retrospective sexual harassment education in a similar format to driver re-education classes for speeding offenders.

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New Laws

Pressure the Government into prioritizing the safety of women and girls. Introduce and enact new laws, combined with a National Sexual Harassers Register, that can police sexual harassment including kerb-crawling, groping and any unwanted behaviour that causes humiliation, fear or a loss of dignity in public spaces.
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We need new sexual harassment laws that apply everywhere, not just in the workplace, not just in schools, not just in certain age groups. New sexual harassment laws expressed in simple terms that everyone can understand.

Imagine the deterrent effect upon a kerb crawler, stalker or groper after being visited by police and warned that any subsequent report would result in prosecution and addition to the Sexual Harassers Register.

How does the UK get new laws? Well, here is a passage from parliament.uk that explains succinctly:

“The Government introduces most plans for new laws, with many included in the Queen's Speech at the opening of each session of Parliament. However, new laws can originate from an MP or a Lord.”

New laws need the support of a majority of MPs and can originate from any one or a collection of MPs, so please message your MP today and let them know that new laws are needed urgently.

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Female Experiences

The danger that girls and women are told to
be alert to is not a horror story, it’s our reality.

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Once, on my way home during the daytime, I walked a long way past my house because a car had slowed down to walking pace beside me with the driver making comments about my appearance and I didn't want him to know where I lived … I tried to ignore him and the initial 'compliments’ turned into crude insults and swearing before he sped off. I ran all the way back home.

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Important to clarify I think that although instances of kidnap and murder from a stranger are indeed rare, being aggressively followed in the street by a man is not rare at all. I think it would be good to separate the two things. Lots of us have been scared many times.

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I was nearly 17 and walking to my friend’s house when I heard a wolf whistle from somewhere behind me. A voice called out asking me to turn round and smile but I felt uneasy and walked a little faster. All of a sudden he appeared beside me, calling me awful names for ignoring him and I felt really frightened.

He carried on insulting me as I walked faster and then he jumped in front of me, forcing me to stop momentarily, at which point he hit me full in the face with his fist, knocking me to the ground, and ran off shouting that I should have liked his compliments. That was many years ago but a wolf whistle still makes me shake and tremble with fear.

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Walking home, in the 19th arrondissement in Paris, I passed by a man, who made some disgusting comments to me. It wasn’t the first time I had been harassed that day, so I told him to shut up in no uncertain terms, as I continued to walk on past a pavement bar. This man did not like my answering back. After throwing an ashtray at me, he retraced his steps and followed me. He hit me in the face, in the middle of the street, in the middle of the day, in front of dozens of witnesses.
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I filed a police complaint. The attacker was found. I am aware of the luck I have had: to have had witnesses who reacted, that the bar kindly provided me with the video, the strong media coverage which allowed significant resources put in place by the police ( whom I thank for their work). Thank you all for your support, which has given me alot of strength, courage and hope. We all, as citizens, have the opportunity to make a difference. I encourage everyone to denounce sexist behaviour that they may witness, it is important. For a more just, more equal, more inclusive society for all.

The attacker was tried, fined, ordered to pay me compensation, and sentenced to 6 months in prison In addition, he was ordered to take a course, at his expense, to raise his awareness of violence against women.

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Male Experiences

All men, whether we like it or not, have become symbols of danger to women. This is not the same as saying that all men are dangerous.

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I was walking home from town after a night out when I saw a woman walking ahead of me. I turned off and went a longer route home so I didn’t frighten her. Still, I felt uneasy about leaving her to walk alone and I wondered for days if she got home safely.

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A man’s parents have paid tribute to their son who died after jumping into the River Thames to try and rescue a woman who fell from London Bridge.
They said they are proud of their son for trying to save the life of a woman he did not know - but they are devastated by his death.

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What Happens 
To the money you raise

All our funds go to ROSA. Rosa helps to strengthen specialist women’s organisations so they can meet the needs of the women and girls they work with. They do this by bringing in new sources of funding, investing resources into the women’s sector, and building a community of organisations rooted in the power of collective action.
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