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Street harassment takes centre stage in women's safety conference

Police experts, psychologists and women’s rights campaigners are to come together in Nottinghamshire next week to discuss street harassment and the safety of women in the community.

The ‘Safer for Women’ summit takes place on Thursday (September 24) at Nottingham Trent University and will see local and national delegates discuss the varying types of misogynist behaviour towards women in public from cat calls and wolf-whistles to violence and sexual assaults. It will also explore the ways in which attitudes and behaviour can be changed making women feel safer and more confident in public places. 

Speakers are set to include Nottinghamshire’s Deputy Chief Constable Sue Fish and Inspector Ricky Twyford, project guardian lead with British Transport Police.

The event, which has been organised by the Nottingham Women’s Centre and funded by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, will hear powerful testimonies from women who have been affected by misogynist harassment. It will also include presentations by experts involved in studying the issues behind the behaviour including  Dr Jacqueline Gray, associate professor in forensic psychology at Middlesex University and Bryony Beynon, co-director of Hollaback London - an international movement to end street harassment - and the Good Night Out campaign.

Speaking ahead of the event, Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: “Harassment, in any form, is unacceptable and in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire we want to lead the way in tackling this type of behaviour.

Deputy PCC Chris Cutland sits on the Steering Group organising the event. Recognised for her work to address women’s issues such as domestic abuse, sexual violence and harassment, she is keen to see this type of behaviour stamped out.

She said: “Changing negative behaviour is never easy, especially when it is deep-rooted. Ignoring the problem, however, isn’t an option.  I hope that the summit will help us to raise awareness of the issues and share the best ways of tackling this problem.  Women living and working in Nottinghamshire should feel safe, secure and respected and no-one should have to tolerate what is, in reality, abusive behaviour.”

The Nottingham Women’s Centre helps women to build self-confidence and increase their independence by enabling them to address and resolve issues in their lives. Among a number of services it offers are regular training courses to improve education/employment opportunities.



Media Enquiries:    Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401




Posted on Monday 21st September 2015
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