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Seminar

After extensive two years of work, published Research, Training and Campaign aiming to support achievement of the project goal, in the final stage of the project we are organizing the final Sexism Free Night Seminar and Sexism Free Night Network meeting.

Sexism Free Night Seminar will take place on 20th of May from 15:00 to 20:00h in Barcelona, Spain, at Subdirecció General de Drogodependències Carrer de Roc Boronat, 81-95 (Edifici Salvany).

The Seminar is imagined to be a combination of activities, mix of presentations and side events around it, all aiming to present a full spectrum of topics around Sexism in Nightlife – from project results and outputs, through presentations of good practice examples around prevention of sexism and sexualised violence in nightlife, finishing by presenting our hopes and actions for the future and the Sexism Free Night Network Launch. 

The event participation is free of charge but with previous registration, organized in the hybrid way mixing offline and online participation. The event is planned for the participation of 60 diverse professionals and stakeholders (nightlife promoters and professionals, nightlife cultural producers, professionals and peers working in the drugs field and in harm reduction responses implemented in nightlife environments, professionals working in gender equality fields, among others).

If you share our vision of a future where nightlife embraces a gender perspective in the promotion of safety, diversity & valuable experiences for all – go ahead and apply to participate HERE.

After the registration you will receive the confirmation email and participants pack.

SEMINAR PROGRAM 

15:00 – 15:15 
Seminar opening

15:15 – 16:00
Sexism Free Night – Project outputs and results 

Research report and main findings
Health and Community Foundation, Noctanbul@s

Training manuals and recommendations and core concepts to prevent sexualised
violence in nightlife
Clubcomission Berlin 

Campaign, it’s resources and implementation
Kaņepes Culture Centre  

SFN Network and minimum standard criteria for SFN label
NGO ReGeneration

Consensus-based discussion with the public on SFN minimum standard consensus-based discussion
Faculty of Education and Psychology of the of the Catholic University of Portugal

16:00 – 17:00
Roundtable discussion
What do we need to promote egalitarian nightlife environments?
Moderator: Yuliya Zakolyabina, Kanepes Cultural Center, Sexism Free Night Latvia

As a research and learning project with European engagement through this discussion we aim to explore the good practices of activism, networking and capacity building, focusing on sustainability and inclusiveness, transfer of knowledge and common participation among different European stakeholders. 

The western European countries such as Spain, Germany and France as trendsetters in the area with many good practice examples are game leaders on the topic and actions. Therefore we wish to go beyond just promoting good practices and dve into discussion on how to transfer and widen the scope of the efforts, by exploring the possible spill out effect to the rest of Europe and the world. 

The aim of the session is to explore this from the position of good practice examples within different collectives, what can be taken from their experience and how that could be implicated into Sexism Free Night Network and transferred across Europe and beyond.

MEET THE SPEAKERS 

17:00 – 17:30
Coffee Break

17:30 – 18:30
Roundtable discussion
Queering nights beyond the binarism
Moderator: Katharin Ahrend, Clubcomission Berlin, Sexism Free Night Germany

During the past years, visibility of LGBTIQ community has risen, but the question of meaningful presence and participation still stands. It is of great importance to hold space for marginalized communities, but it is an imperative to assure LGBTIQ folks are part of the change, raising their voices and leading the change as they see and need it.
Questioning and discussing inclusion vs. participation, at this panel, we’ll discuss how nightlife environments can be transformed when they are liberated from the gender binary, and when they are more diverse and inclusive, focusing on meaningful participation. If we advocate for freedom to locate ourselves wherever we felt most authentically reflected our position on the gender spectrum, and include those perspectives in shaping up the answer to safety at night and beyond, to which extent we can and should use the knowledge and good practice examples from Germany, Spain, Portugal or Netherlands to shape up queer care practices around European nightlife environments?
We’ll have a chance to hear from different speakers and their experience, as well as needs and visions for the future of liberated night time spaces.

MEET THE SPEAKERS

18:30 – 19:15
Final remarks and closure

Sexims Free Night Network Launch 

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Sexism Free Night stands for a future where nightlife embraces a gender perspective in the promotion of safety, diversity & valuable experiences for all. This is a European project co-founded by Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme and is based in a consortium that involves nightlife promoters, NGOs and a University with the  aim of creating a transdisciplinary dialogue able to promote safer and more egalitarian nightlife environments.

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Current number of organisations in Portugal: 2

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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!