Key Points
  • Utilising Education to Cultivate Cultural Change: reducing sexual harassment, and improving society for future generations
  • Developing multi-agency approaches towards tackling sexual harassment to help increase awareness and build safer public spaces
  • Shifting the narrative away from a culture of blame and recognising the role men can play in tackling sexual harassment
  • Implementing support strategies for women and girls who experience sexual abuse, assault, and harassment
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Overview
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Baroness Verma, Chair, UN Women UK
  • Baroness Uddin, Member, Women and Work APPG
  • Wendy Ghaffer, HMI Specialist Adviser Cross Remit Safeguarding, Ofsted
  • Anne Shaw, Interim Managing Director, Transport for West Midlands *Violence Against Women and Girls Transport Champion
  • Suzanne Baxter, Commissioner, Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Commissioner Angelique Foster, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Leanna Minahan, Head of Service - Safer Spaces, Royal Greenwich Council
  • Dr Julie McGarry, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Safety Lead, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Elanie Crory, Good Relations Co-Ordinator, Women's Resource & Development Agency & Raise Your Voice Campaign Northern Ireland
  • Nikki Pound, Women's Officer, TUC
  • Deeba Syed, Senior Legal Officer, Rights of Women
  • Laura Bates, Founder, Everyday Sexism
  • Anna Sheppard, Safeguarding Lead, Plan International UK
  • Reclaim These Streets Vigil – Representative


More than four-fifths* of young women in the UK have been subjected to sexual harassment. It is paramount that there is a shift in culture and momentum to build awareness and challenge the normalisation of sexual harassment, creating a more equal society.

Join Westminster Insight’s Tackling Sexual Harassment Digital Conference to hear from key stakeholders in Education, Police, Local Government and key NGOs to explore future policy steps and develop national approaches towards tackling sexual harassment. The half-day briefing will be broadcast live from our studio in London via an interactive digital platform.

You will hear from key activist groups such as Reclaim These Streets, Everyday Sexism and Rights of Women on building safer spaces with open dialogue and implementing effective processes to report sexual harassment.

We will explore how to tackle the rise in online sexual harassment and build safer online spaces that protect and prevent sexual abuse and harassment. Wendy Ghaffer from Ofsted will discuss how to educate young people to cultivate a cultural change in future generations.

Learn from local collaborative approaches taken in both Nottingham and London, utilising local campaigns and engaging with communities to address sexual harassment in society.

*UN Women UK

Agenda
Start

08:45 - 09:00
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Baroness Uddin Member, Women and Work APPG

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Claire Barnett Director, UN Women UK

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09:00 - 09:30
Keynote Address: Tackling Sexual Harassment - Promoting Cultural Change to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls

 
  • Exploring next steps for policy, legalisation and considering making sexual harassment a criminal offence in its own right  
  • Challenging current behaviours and culture to reduce the number of women and young girls experiencing sexual harassment in public spaces and online
  • Sustaining momentum to build awareness and challenge the normalisation of sexual harassment to create a more equal society
09:20 - 09:30 Questions and Discussion 

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Baroness Verma Chair, UN Women UK

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09:30 - 10:30
Panel Discussion: Starting from the Top - Building Safer Spaces for Women and Girls across Society and Online

 
  • Exploring how to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, schools, universities, and other public places to ensure women and girls feel safe 
  • Utilising leaders to build and create environment with open dialogue, trust and build awareness to de-normalise sexual harassment on and off online
  • Examining the prevalence of sexual harassment online including social media platforms and future steps to tackle online harassment  
  • Shifting the narrative away from a culture of blame and recognising the role men can play in tackling sexual harassment 

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Suzanne Baxter Commissioner, Equality and Human Rights Commission

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Deeba Syed Senior Legal Officer, Rights of Women

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Nikki Pound Women's Officer, TUC

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10:30 - 11:00
Break

 

11:00 - 11:50
Panel Discussion: Implementing a Multi-Agency Approach Towards Tackling Sexual Harassment

 
  • Making sexual harassment everyone’s business: building awareness across the public and private sector to reduce sexual harassment in public spaces and online
  • Engaging with different agencies to help improve reporting and increase prosecution of sexual assault, domestic abuse and rape
  • Implementing digital tools to help combat sexual harassment both in public and online    
  • Exploring collaborative best practice to understand what more can be done to help support survivors of sexual harassment

Speakers

Leanna Minahan Head of Service - Safe Spaces, Royal Greenwich Council

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Dr Julie McGarry Domestic Abuse and Sexual Safety Lead, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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Commissioner Angelique Foster Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire

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Anne Shaw Interim Managing Director, TfWM

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11:50 - 12:40
Panel Discussion: Utilising Education to Cultivate Cultural Change, Tackle Sexual Harassment, and Improve Society for Future Generations

 
  • Developing a collective approach towards changing attitudes and culture, helping to establish common values and create well rounded citizens who challenge sexual harassment
  • Ensuring Relationships Education is a part of the national curriculum to help reduce the prevalence of sexual abuse and harassment in wider society
  • Educating individuals to tackle entrenched and discriminatory ideas on gender
  • Tackling the rise in online sexual harassment, building safer online spaces that protect and prevent sexual abuse and harassment

Speakers

Laura Bates Founder, Everyday Sexism

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Anna Sheppard Safeguarding Lead, Plan International UK

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Representative Reclaim These Streets Vigil

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Wendy Ghaffer HMI Specialist Adviser Cross Remit Safeguarding, Ofsted

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12:40 - 12:50
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

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Claire Barnett Director, UN Women UK

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End

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Laura Bates Founder, Everyday Sexism

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Anna Sheppard Safeguarding Lead, Plan International UK

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Representative Reclaim These Streets Vigil

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Commissioner Angelique Foster Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire

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Deeba Syed Senior Legal Officer, Rights of Women

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Claire Barnett Director, UN Women UK

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Wendy Ghaffer HMI Specialist Adviser Cross Remit Safeguarding, Ofsted

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Suzanne Baxter Commissioner, Equality and Human Rights Commission

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Leanna Minahan Head of Service - Safe Spaces, Royal Greenwich Council

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Dr Julie McGarry Domestic Abuse and Sexual Safety Lead, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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Baroness Verma Chair, UN Women UK

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Baroness Uddin Member, Women and Work APPG

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Nikki Pound Women's Officer, TUC

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Anne Shaw Interim Managing Director, TfWM

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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