NETWORK

Sexism Free Night is a project involving nightlife promoters, NGOs and a University that aims to promote safer and more egalitarian nightlife environments. One of the project’s activities is enabling a dialogue platform for organizations, collectives, individuals, etc. who are working on a sexism free clubbing and festival culture, for which we created a network. 

The main idea of the Sexism Free Night Network is to create a European platform to guarantee the exchange and networking of all nightlife stakeholders committed to gender equality, in order to share ideas and practices and to cooperate in creating a more egalitarian nightlife environment. Additionally, the Network aims to facilitate the exchange and the reflection among best practices and innovative experiences that are working towards creating safer and more egalitarian night spaces, and reinforce advocacy to promote and to inspire other organizations and professionals, as well as for social agents and stakeholders involved in the fields of nightlife and festival  to do the same. 

Through the creation of this network, we also aim to deepen cooperation with different stakeholders, ensuring transfer of knowledge among a wider group of participants in nightlife.

If you want to contribute, you can still join our network by filling out this form.

Portugal

Current number of organisations in Portugal: 2

Porto

Lisboa

France

Current number of organisations in France: 5

Bordeaux

Grenoble

Marseilhe

Paris

Quimper

Belgium

Current number of organisations in Belgium: 1

Brussel

Switzerland

Current number of organisations in Switzerland: 2

Geneva

Zurich

Ireland

Current number of organisations in Ireland: 1

Cork

United Kingdom

Current number of organisations in United Kingdom: 1

Edinburgh

Latvia

Current number of organisations in Latvia: 1

Riga

Serbia

Current number of organisations in Serbia: 1

Belgrade

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!