The Women’s Safety Charter is a new initiative Manchester City Council are introducing to improve the safety for all women in the night-time economy. This charter is specifically aimed at employers with a female workforce who are at work between 6pm and 6am. It is intended to enable organisations to prioritise the safety of women, both workers and customers of Manchester’s thriving night-time economy.
This is a practical guide to accompany a training programme - inviting Manchester businesses to take a zero-tolerance stance on the harassment of women. It is designed to encourage all Manchester employers to make a commitment and enable systemic change for prioritising safety of women in the workplace and for customers. This charter has been designed with the night-time economy in mind, but is beneficial to the entire 24-hour economy, including anyone who works in and enjoys the city at night. Find out what you can do to help by reading the toolkit.
The charter pledge
We are asking businesses to pledge their support to the following 7 commitments:
- Appoint a Champion - Appointing a named contact for this work who will champion and drive forward any action taken
- Communicate - Positive, public/staff-facing communications campaign, both online and in your space(s)
- Support your staff - Create routes for reporting unacceptable behaviour while at work and supporting cultural change
- Support the public - Create routes for reporting unacceptable behaviour while using your service or space at night
- Training and responding - Staff training on the issue, including what to say and do, what not to say and do, and any relevant policies
- Training: recording - Staff training on information-sharing and appropriate recording of details
- Designing for safety - Audit your spaces and adapt them to promote a safer environment and reduce risk of crime
This Charter is inspired by the pledges created for the Mayor of London’s Women’s Night Safety Charter.