Safe Spaces Now initiative focuses on women’s safety in music


A new campaign from UN Women UK and music festival Strawberries & Creem is hoping to get companies, events and venues to pledge to do more to tackle harassment of women.

The Safe Spaces Now initiative kicked off with an open letter to the music industry outlining its aims. “More than 7 in 10 women have been sexually harassed in the UK, and over 40% of women aged under 40 at a live music event. Within the music sector, over 60% of workers have experienced sexual harassment,” it claimed.

“The vast majority of incidents go unreported, with over 95% of women not reporting sexual harassment. Almost half of UK musicians have faced sexual harassment at work, with workplace culture being cited as the greatest barrier to reporting. As our spaces reopen this summer, we will not wait around while another woman experiences sexual harassment, violence or abuse – as an artist, as a professional, or as a fan. Let’s act now to make our music industry and live events safe.”

The Glastonbury festival, Dice and The Eden Project are among the signatures, along with high-profile artists including Sigrid, Beverley Knight, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Paloma Faith, MNEK and Mabel.

Stuart Dredge

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