Violence against women and girls happens throughout our society, and the music industry is no exception. The problem affects thousands of people who attend gigs and festivals – and it seems to be on the increase.
A growing number of women are reporting assaults and rape at UK music festivals. Groping, verbal abuse, assaults and other forms of harassment at gigs and festivals are more common than any of us would like to think.
White Ribbon UK offers real, practical support to help festivals, events and music venues stop violence against women and girls. The goal is for all women to know they can attend music events with confidence, and to encourage men (customers, staff and performers) to take a stand - because people of all genders should be able to enjoy music events free from fear.
What's in it for our venue/event?
Working towards eradicating violence in your venue is not only the right thing to do, it’s also better for business. It’s good for your reputation with customers, your publicity, and your staff - who will feel more comfortable working in a place that’s conscious of customer safety. White Ribbon status can also safeguard against costly court battles - recent tribunal cases in which employers have failed to challenge discriminatory behaviour have resulted in compensation/costs orders at unprecedented levels.
Being a part of the Safer Venues Initiative is better for your venue, staff and customers.
In 2016, Dave Boardman, owner of Doddnaze Artists and Event Management, produced a special guide for festival organisers about reducing the risks of sexual assault and abuse at music events, as part of the White Ribbon Safer Venues Project, working closely with Safe Gigs 4 Women and Girls Against. Click the link below to download:
What support will White Ribbon UK offer?
We assist venues and event co-ordinators by outlaying a simple commitment to uphold the White Ribbon values, with comprehensive staff training, support from our ambassadors and literature/awareness-raising materials detailing how to implement it.
Apply for accreditation
Applying for venue accreditation with White Ribbon UK is easy. Just download the action plan below; fill it in, then e-mail it back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smaller Music Venues
We have a membership option for venues of 300 capacity or less. Click the button below for more information.