Campaign

On the 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women,we are launching our European campaign targeting bystanders. This campaign is built to raise awareness among party and festival goers about the importance of denormalizing sexism and sexualised violence in nightlife settings, as well as to empower them as participants and bystanders to act in preventing and dissuading sexist behaviors and sexual harassment.

Our goal is to inspire action, to encourage people without shaming or judging, focusing on fighting sexism with creativity, activism, and massive testing. Most often we as bystanders don’t interfere because we simply don’t understand that the situation is disturbing someone’s well-being, fun and safety or we have a social or physical fear.

Therefore, by using an educational and interactive approach, we aim to promote co-responsibility, and offer a variety of tools leaving space for creativity/improvisation.

 

In this campaign we offer

  • BCR test – bystanders chain reaction test.
  • Printed Content Package for partners to distribute – 80 free packages for first-to-apply venues containing 
  • 3 versions of format A2 posters
  • 3 versions of flyers format A5 with test + stickers ( 100 copies each)
  • Guidelines for distribution & implementation of materials

If you wish to join our campaign and  receive a package with these materials actively share it and become a partner as a venue or organization fill this form out:  https://bit.ly/3oFFZQN 

  • Web – open sourced for you to download and take meaningful participation in the campaign! Download material HERE

We wish to engage nightlife participants to start a mapping game –  put the stickers on questionable advertisements, establishments and etc. and document this by posting them on their social media with a hashtag #sexismfreenight. and tag us! 

Other hashtags you can use are #FunZone4All #BCRtest

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*We tried to make our campaign as inclusive as possible while representing the results of our research. We intentionally use gender-neutral and inclusive language and concepts to acknowledge and make visible the specific experiences of cis women, transgender and gender diverse people. However, we choose to use non-neutral language when referring to perpetrators, specifically men. With this decision we don´t want to invisibilize the men who suffered/survived sexualised violence nor perpetrators with other gender identities, but considering the disproportionality and gender imbalances in sexualised violence, it is not possible for us to neutralize the main oppressive gender identity.

**This campaing includes contents that may trigger your personal experiences with sexualised violence, sexual harassment, rape, intrusive behaviour and unwanted sexual attention among other difficult topics. If you experienced any of the portrayed incidents or struggle with any of these topics, this campaign might be difficult for you or bring up strong negative feelings. If you need help or if you are  searching for a specialized service able to support you, email us at: hello@sexismfreenight.eu.

Did you know that only 20.8% of men are identifying sexist jokes as sexualised violence?

So is a stupid sexist joke a crime? It is certainly not but what it does is contribute to the Sexual Violence Pyramid. Unlike the Egyptian pyramids, we know how this pyramid was built.

The Sexual Violence Pyramid shows how behaviours, beliefs, and systems are built on and work in conjunction with one another. The top layers of the pyramid are horrible examples of violence and are recognized normally as violence by the majority of people. It is important to address the top layers but even more crucial to look at the bottom – the roots of the pyramid as if there are no roots there is no tree, isn’t it? 

The structural systems at the bottom of the pyramid are roots of sexual violence, they feed and stabilize violence and unfortunately often are not taken seriously. “Oh, it is just a joke, what I can’t joke now?”, “Boys will be boys” etc.

It is possible to shift our normalized behaviours and deconstruct stereotypes only if each of us stops perceiving “a stupid sexist joke” as a silly thing and be aware that often seemingly harmless acts such as cat-calling or jokes may go unnoticed in society while resulting in much grimmer crimes.

Did you know that 63.1% of people of transgender and non-binary people  feel unsafe while leaving the club alone at night?

According to our research, more than 60%  of transgender, non-binary and other gender diverse people refer they feel insecure in different situations when going out at night. 54,7% of them say they experienced “sexist jokes with sexualized content”, 48,3% “unwanted sexual comments”, 38% “continuous invasion of their personal space”. They identified cismen as the main responsible for their unsafety perceptions and sexualized harassment and violence they experienced.

Transphobia, lesbophobia, homophobia, biphobia and other forms of discrimination towards gender and sexually diverse people have strong impacts on their wellbeing, living conditions, safety, access to rights and participation in social places. All people have the right to be who they are and to freely express themselves without fear and discrimination. Nightlife must be a safer place for all!

If you see a transgender, non-binary or gender diverse person being discriminated against and harassed don´t close your eyes. It is completely okay not to feel like a superhero each time (or any time at all). Being an active bystander doesn’t mean you always should get into a fight or personally confront a perpetrator or that you should put yourself at risk. Instead of confronting the perpetrators you can invite the person to join you and leave the place more safely, or call for help. Stand up against discrimination and take care of each other!

Thank you!

Did you know that 74.8% of women are afraid to experience sexualised aggression in the nightlife settings?

The opportunity to flirt and have sexual encounters is one of the charms of nightlife!  However, independently of how horny we are and how much we want to have sex on that night, the interest and excitement must be mutual and the interaction should be egalitarian and respectful. At this point, let’s be clear: a person who is not feeling well is a person who needs help and care! By no chance, a heavily intoxicated, passed out or unconscious person it’s an opportunity for sex. People, and particularly women, are not sex toys! 

Nightlife cultures emerged as free spaces to be and express ourselves, to bound and care for each other. This is something very special and we all can join the chain of creating special and fun places for all. If someone is being a target of sexualized harassment and violence it’s not her problem. It is your and our problem. Open your eyes, search for help and choose to act! 


2. Sweaty as hell after dancing for hours, you are having a cigarette with your longtime friend. A woman sits next to him and fires a pipe. Suddenly he asks her “why is such a beauty here alone?”. She ignores him but your friend keeps insisting.

Thank you!