London is a safe city, but too many women feel unsafe when travelling, working or going out at night. To make London a city where all women feel confident and welcome at night the Mayor has created the Women’s Night Safety Charter.
The Charter was launched in 2018 and is part of the Mayor’s Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and London’s commitment to the UN Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces global initiative. The Charter has already attracted hundreds of signatories from businesses operating across London, ranging from pubs and clubs to local authorities and the police.
To support the Women’s Night Safety Charter, businesses and organisations that operate at night just need to sign-up to some simple pledges:
- Nominate a champion in your organisation who actively promotes women’s night safety.
- Demonstrate to staff and customers that your organisation takes women’s safety at night seriously, for example through a communications campaign.
- Remind customers and staff that London is safe, but tell them what to do if they experience harassment when working, going out or travelling.
- Encourage reporting by victims and bystanders as part of your communications campaign.
- Train staff to ensure that all women who report are believed.
- Train staff to ensure that all reports are recorded and responded to.
- Design your public spaces and work places to make them safer for women at night.
Click here to sign up to the Women’s Night Safety Charter and see which organisations have already signed up.