The end of the Road…

So i’ve finally reached the end with this project, and the final version of the documentary is now finished!

It’s been a very stressful and challenging process to make this radio documentary, but i’m really pleased with the final product. After many months, late nights and not enough sleep, here is the documentary. Take a listen:

I want to thank everyone that was involved in the documentary, anyone who took the survey, and of course, anyone that was interested enough to follow this blog. This is the last blog post i will be making here at the Road to Equality blog, and i’m very proud of the results.

I hope you all enjoy Road to Equality – A Documentary.

Georgia

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Interview: Martha Jephcott

Martha was the second interview that i did for the documentary, and she was incredibly informative and helpful.

Martha is a Misogyny Hate Crime Trainer in Nottingham, and trained police officers in how to treat misogyny as a hate crime, as well as training call staff in what to recognise when deciding if something should be treated as a hate crime.

Martha had some really good points when we spoke, but unfortunately not everything could be included in the documentary, so here are a few of the clips that i thought people may find interesting and informative:

Here Martha talks about what got her involved in the push for misogyny to be treated as a hate crime in Nottingham:

Here Martha talks about the benefits of having misogyny treated as a hate crime in Nottingham:

The final documentary will be up later today, keep any eye on the blog for the post with the finished version included in it

Georgia

The results are in…

So I have now closed the survey that i created surrounding the issue of street harassment, and the results are in.

Firstly, it’s been great to see so many women and girls participating in this survey, and it’s been interesting to say the least to see how women in the UK feel about street harassment. Looking at the results, it is clear that this is very much an issue, and many women and girls feel like they can’t really speak out about it due to it being so normalised and common.

The results show that cat-calling is by far the most common form of harassment that women girls experience whilst walking on the streets, with 72%. Sexual approaches and comments came in equal, with only 7% saying that this is the most common form of street harassment that they experience.

And over 40% of women who took part in this survey said that they expect to experience some form of harassment whenever they walk alone on the street or with other girls. A fair number of women and girls say that they don’t tend to think about it though, with 38% of overall votes.

61% believe that there are men and boys that understand the implications of their actions, but also a number of men and boys that don’t understand. But a large number of women and girls say that street harassment makes them feel uncomfortable, unsafe, and angry. Only 8% said they felt confident when they experienced cat-calling, comments etc.

It was great to see that so many women and girls (61%) thought that making misogyny a hate crime nationwide would create safer communities.

The most interesting answers came from the last question though, which was asking why they thought street harassment has become so normalised, and is such a regular occurrence. Here is a selection of some of the answers:

“There has been nothing in place to condemn it, it’s seen as banter”

“Because of the lack of education in schools and the unwillingness of girls to report it or talk about it because they are embarrassed/think it is normal”

“Due to men in general not understanding/ being taught that it is harassment and that it makes women feel uncomfortable/ unsafe. Also that men do not reprimand each other for such behaviour and sometimes encourage such behaviour therefore perpetuating the harassment”

“There is no punishment for this harassment unless reported to the police, even then proving this to be a crime and actually achieving any form of justice is unlikely. Men do not see this form of harassment as wrong as it is normalised through our culture and media which perpetuate stereotypes and misogyny”

“When something like this happens so often and from a young age (around 13+) it’s easy to normalise this behaviour and almost disregard it. I feel like (some) guys believe it’s innocent and just a bit of a ‘joke’ when they’re with their friends, but then in reality they need to put themselves in the shoes of a young girl walking alone and realise that this isn’t acceptable behaviour, nor is it a ‘joke'”

 

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in this survey. I am currently in the very final stages of editing; just tweaking bit’s here and there and i am hoping to have the documentary up on the blog by Tuesday. I will be posting a few more blog posts with some clips from the various interviews that i carried out.

Stay tuned!

 

 

INTERVIEW: Molly Ackhurst

With the final version of the documentary nearly there, I’ve had a quick look back at some of the clips that i couldn’t include in the documentary (it’s only 7 minutes, and to include everything that i’d want to would take a lot longer than that).

Therefore, i thought it would be a good idea to put some of my favourite clips from the various voices that will be in the finished documentary onto the blog, so that you don’t miss out on anything.

First up, is Molly Ackhurst.

Molly works for Hollaback! London, which i mentioned in a previous post very early on in the stages of production, but just in case people don’t know i can’t remember, Hollaback! is a worldwide collective that is working to put an end to street harassment through the use of story telling. If you head over to their one of their websites (depending where you are in the world) you will see that the page is full of women’s accounts of their experiences with sexual harassment.

Molly was incredibly insightful, and it was clear that she knew a lot about, not just street harassment, but the history of misogyny as a whole, and had some points that really made me think. Here are some of the clips that i’d like for you to hear:

Here, Molly explains the link between street harassment and sexualised violence and other forms of gender based harassment:

If you’re of the female variety, please take this survey!

Hello, me again.

I thought it would prove helpful if i put the survey on here, so that any women or girls who are following this blog can fill it out if they want to. It’s only 8 questions, so it won’t take more than a minute or two.

Click here to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Z8V3SW9

All responses are appreciated, and the more i receive, the better and far more interesting the end results will be 🙂

Thank you!

Georgia

P.S. sharing is caring, so please do ask any family and friends that may be interested to fill it out too. Get everyone involved!

UPDATE: Survey and final edit

Happy New Year!

I’ve received feedback from my supervisor, so this final week is going to be spent tweaking little bits here and there, with the aim of finishing the final documentary by Sunday. (I’m praying it will be finished on Sunday, because my Adobe Audition trial runs out on that day, and i can’t afford to pay for it just for 2 days).

The feedback included notes that said i need to clear up some bits that aren’t all that clear, including the relationship between misogyny and street harassment, as well as the fact that the documentary is only focusing on street harassment rather than the several forms of misogyny.

I am also just waiting on a few more responses to my survey, but i am really pleased with the responses that i have received so far. It’s been really interesting to hear why women think street harassment has become so normalised in today’s society!

So far the overall results are leaning towards the notion that most women experience street harassment every so often, but that cat-calling is the main form of harassment that they receive. It’s also clear that street harassment makes women feel incredibly uncomfortable and unsafe, and most of the responses say that they believe that making misogyny a hate crime nationwide in the UK will make women feel safer.

I will be writing a few more blog posts before the final week is out, with the final results from the survey as well as some further research that i’ve carried out on the topic of the documentary.

I’m excited to get the final edited version done and out there, so people can hear what i’ve been working on finally!

Georgia

I’ve made a survey!

So with another recent lull in progress on the actual documentary side of things  (i’m just waiting for feedback from my supervisor before i can continue on with the final edit), i decided that i would create a survey instead of doing a whole lot of nothing.

The survey is short (only 8 questions), and is focusing on the issue of street harassment; and is for any girls/women to fill out if they wish.

I thought it would be interesting to see just how prevailing the issue is, as well as the forms of harassment that women/girls experience most often, and how street harassment makes them feel. I’m also keen to find out what women/girls think about making misogyny a hate crime nationwide, and why they think that street harassment (misogyny) is so normalised and frequent.

I’ve shared the survey on my personal Facebook page as well as the documentary’s own page, and I’m going to give the survey a week or so to circulate and accumulate responses before i collect the end results. But as soon as i do i will write a blog post with everything that i have found.

Here’s the link if you would like to partake and fill in the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9RM8YPQ

Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 🙂

Georgia