UPDATE: Draft has been sent!

Hello,

Apologise for the scarce updates recently, but after a brief battle with sickness over the weekend, i have finally sent a rough draft version of my final documentary to my supervisor (although emphasis on the rough because i’ve still got a lot more to do before i can get a final version that i’m happy with).

I’m hoping to receive feedback from that later on today, at which point i can tweak where needed.

I’ve still got one more interview to do on Thursday morning with Melanie Jeffs, director at the Nottingham Women’s Centre, who was the one who pushed for misogyny to become a hate crime in the region. It will be interesting to hear about the experience she had whilst campaigning for this change.

I will write a blog post either later on tonight or at some point tomorrow with an outline of the feedback that my Supervisor has given me. But once this final interview is done i can finally look at putting the whole thing together, with the aim to finish by next weekend at the latest.

That’s it for now, but keep checking back in the next week or so as i will be posting my final version of the documentary up soon!

Georgia

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Update: Interview with Sue Fish

I had a very insightful and interesting interview with Sue Fish, the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police, on Tuesday. Nottinghamshire is the first region ever in the UK to treat misogyny as a hate crime – an incredible feet, and hopefully lighting the way for more police forces to follow suit.

We spoke about how the change in policy came into talks and how it was implemented earlier this year; how the change in policy has impacted on the local community (women especially); as well what needs to be done in order to make misogyny a hate crime nationwide.

Sue is retiring in March of next year, but said that from now until then she will be committing herself to doing as much work as possible in order to bring this change a step closer to being undertaken nationwide.

I have already edited Sue’s clips, and i will be spending the next few days putting together a draft version of the final documentary; which i will be getting feedback on at some point next week.

Unfortunately, not every clip from her interview can be included in the final documentary, and it is the same for every interview. Because of this, i wanted to include some of the clips that i think are important and interesting on the blog, so that you can hear more from Sue, and understand a bit more about the topic of treating misogyny as a hate crime and the issue of misogyny as a whole from her.

Sue explains how the police force decided to treat misogyny as a hate crime in the region:

Sue talks about the support received from men, and how the press reported this news:

Sue’s thoughts on why she thinks misogyny hasn’t been treated as a hate crime until now:

I ask Sue why she thinks misogyny has become so normalised and a regular occurrence in the UK:

 

That’s all for now, but as always, check back regularly to keep up to date with the progress of this radio documentary.

Georgia

Reclaim the Night speakers event: Video

Here are some of the highlights from the Reclaim the Night speakers event, which took place in the Arthouse Cafe in Southampton. We heard from women from Aurora New Dawn, Yellow Door, and two local poets.

Shona set up Aurora New Dawn in southampton, and attended the event to speak about the issue of sexual violence, domestic abuse and street harassment. Watch the video below to hear some of what she had to say:

Aurora New Dawn is a charity set up to help survivors of sexual violence and domestic violence. You can visit them at http://www.aurorand.org.uk/ for more information.

Hollie is a domestic and sexual abuse survivor, and came along to the march to support, as well as to perform some of her own poems surrounding the issue of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Watch the video below to hear one of those poems:

Reclaim the Night!

Last Saturday, i attended the Hampshire Reclaim the Night march along with many others (both women and men) in order to raise awareness of sexual assault and street harassment in the area.

 

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Before the march took place, there was a speakers event held at the Art House Cafe in the town centre, where i set up camera and listened to a number of women from different backgrounds and jobs. They all held one thing in common though, which was dedicating their life or at least, a lot of their time, to raising awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence and to helping women who have been affected by either issues.

The women came from local organisations and spoke about what it is that they do, as well as showing everyone some shocking statistics on sexual violence and assault in the Southampton area.

There were also two women performing poems written by themselves. One girl, who is also a domestic abuse survivor, voiced two amazing poems related to her own experiences.

After the speakers event i joined the rest of the protesters half an hour before the march was due to start, and i spoke to six women attending on their own experiences with street harassment and why events such as this are so important to combatting the issue.

 

The turn out for the march was incredible, and the chanting never stopped (except once when we had to go through a residential area). For an hour, people were chanting things such as “what do we want, safe streets, when do we want it? NOW”, “Hey, Mr. Keep your hands of my sister”, “Whatever we wear, wherever we go, yes means yes and no means no”.

The march took place in Southampton at 7.30pm, and we marched through most of the town centre, although i lost track of where we were for quite some time.

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I managed to record a lot of the chanting whilst marching, which i think will be good as wildtrack for some segments of the documentary. I also got a few photo’s from both the speakers event as well as the march.

You can see all of the pictures from the night in the gallery. I am now in the process of editing the video footage that i recorded; and once they are all done i will post them up on here so that you can see some of what happened on the night.

Until then,

Georgia

Update: Interviews

Interviews are well on the way for the main body of the documentary, and i am excited to see how they all sound in the finished version!

I have interviewed Molly Ackhurst, who works for Holdback! London; which is a collective with routes all over the world that work towards ending street harassment. She had some really good information concerning not only street harassment but harassment in all its forms, as well as acts of misogyny within the UK, and it was interesting to hear about what Holdback! is doing to help combat the issue.

I have also interviewed Martha Jephcott, who is a Misogyny Hate Crime Trainer and was involved in the training of the Nottingham Police Officers earlier this year.

I have set up interviews with Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police, Sue Fish, on 16th December; and i will be speaking to the forces Hate Crime Manager, Dave Alton, on the 20th December (quite late in the game, but he’s going to be a really important addition to the documentary so it’s worth being late home for Christmas!)

I am planning to head to the Hampshire Reclaim the Night march on 26th November as well to record some video footage of the march, as well as a speakers event. I’m planning to record some interviews with some protesters to hear about their experiences with street harassment, as well as some wild track of the chanting.

I am also in the process of setting up interviews with Melanie Jeffs, who runs Nottingham’s Women’s Centre and headed the push to make misogyny a hate crime in the region. I will also be speaking to a student named Sophie, who will be sharing a scary experience she had, with a man who followed her.

I will keep you updated with each!

Georgia

It’s not a compliment campaign

Hello everyone!

Just a quick update on the documentary side of things: an interview with Molly Ackhurst from Hollaback London (which is a worldwide collective that is working to stop street harassment) has been set for Sunday 13th November; so not long to go now!

It will be great to include a voice of someone who is actively working to end street harassment in all it’s forms, and i’m sure she will have some great points to put forward.

In the meantime i thought i’d talk about a petition that i recently came across that was set up by a woman called Cerian Jenkins, and it’s called #NotACompliment.

The petition is calling for England and Wales police to include misogyny as a hate crime on a nationwide level – and has gained over 50,000 signatures so far. A Twitter hashtag was quickly set up, which allowed women to tweet their experiences with misogyny and harassment in protest against street harassment.

It’s interesting to see that so many people are behind the steps that Nottingham Police have taken in order to include misogyny as a hate crime in the region. But this is just one police service out of many in the UK that has actively changed it’s policy to do this – so we will see if many more follow in the regions footsteps.

Through much of my research into this, i’ve seen that making change at a police level in regards to helping combat misogyny and harassment has allowed women to feel safer in their own community when it comes to everyday life. Quotes from those that have headed this change in policy, and from those who have campaigned for it, have focused on the fact that women now know that if they walk down the street and encounter a man that decides to start following them and/or shout sexual comments etc., that they can then report it to the police and have action taken rather than just ignoring it all together.

It is unclear whether this petition will gain the signatures necessary for it to be considered for debate in parliament, but none the less, there is clear support from many to make misogyny a hate crime nationwide.

As always, i will keep you updated on any progress in the coming days/weeks!

Georgia

The long road ahead…

Hello!

The documentary will be 7 minutes long, and will include relevant interviews with some of the UK’s leading charities and organisations that aim to combat misogyny and work towards a nation where women are equal to men in all respects.

I am in talks to interview a woman called Molly from Hollaback London; which is a non-profit international movement aimed towards ending harassment in public spaces. I plan to speak to her about the collective, as well as her thoughts on Nottingham Police’s policy change to include misogyny as a hate crime in the region, and on misogyny and harassment in general.

I also plan to interview Martha Jephcott, who is a misogyny hate crime trainer and actually trained Nottingham police officers during the trial earlier this year so that they could adequately recognise acts of misogyny and treat them for what they are – hate crimes.

I have contacted a number of other charities for interviews, including the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations, the End Violence Against Women Coalition, and Stop Hate UK.

In the meantime i am continuing my research into the subject, which i am finding very interesting. The stats that i have read so far are really quite shocking, and show just how prevailing misogyny and harassment is in the UK; especially for young women.

One piece of research that i found particularly interesting was from Hollaback themselves – who collaborated with Cornell University in the US in 2014 and started a large-scale research survey on street harassment worldwide. This survey was the largest analysis of street harassment to date, with over 16,600 respondents taking part.

The info graphic below shows the full study, created by Hollaback and you can also fidn it on their website at: http://www.ihollaback.org/cornell-international-survey-on-street-harassment/

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More updates on The Road to Misogyny to come – stay tuned!

Georgia