Venues and Festivals Project
Our own Dave Boardman has written a Safe Music Guide for festivals in response to the reported rise in sexual assaults at festivals across Europe. It outlines action that can be taken by festival organisers and can be downloaded from here
The White Ribbon Campaign stands against violence to women. It campaigns to highlight the issues and bring an end to male violence to women. It is supported by the United Nations
As there has been an increase in reported abuse of women at gigs and festivals, Dave Boardman is leading a project to have venues, festivals and performers sign up to the White Ribbon Pledge:
I pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about men's violence against women in all its forms.
Doddnaze Event Management has recently organised a songwriting workshop for White Ribbon in which 30 people contributed to new songs - and performed them as part of a gig the same day. If you'd like to try this contact Dave Boardman 01422 844091 firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals can sign the pledge here
For venues and festivals to join the list of White Ribbon venues/festivals we ask you to
1. Make it clear that patrons do not engage in sexist or homophobic behaviour, with a sign saying that perpetrators will be asked to leave.
2. Involve the local community through holding at least one local fundraising/awareness event each year.
3. Ensure education of staff on issues concerning violence against women and girls (drink spiking etc.) are part of staff training progammes
4. Display information about violence against women and girls at venue- WRC can provide materials
5. Use a clear system for reporting, assessing, and dealing with incidents of abuse, sexual assault, or violence towards women. Encourage patrons to report such incidents
6. Highlight (and ideally commemorate) United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls on 25th of November, which is also White Ribbon Day
7. Encourage staff and customers to sign the WRC pledge
Contact Dave Boardman at email@example.com for help with putting an action plan together and developing your strategies. The White Ribbon Campaign can provide you with information and posters
Violence against women happens more than you think. It’s mostly committed by men. We won’t stand for it.
There’s never an excuse for violence against women. The White Ribbon Project asks venues and festival management to never to condone it, or to stand by when it’s happening.
You can get involved in the White Ribbon Campaign in a variety of ways – go to www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk
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Tel: 01422 886545www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk
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