The TimesUp Notts Network met for the first time on 7th February.
Helen Voce, our CEO at Nottingham Women’s Centre, set the scene by talking about the Centre’s work to get misogyny recognised as a hate crime by Notts Police. Recording began in 2016 and much of the focus of the awareness raising has been on street harassment. The Centre now wants to see if Nottingham Women would like to take some action to address harassment at work, particularly since a BBC Survey in Oct 2017 found that 50% of British women have experienced harassment at work.
The meeting was hopeful. There is some great work going on in local companies. There are some strong women interested in moving discussions on to action. There are lots of ideas for where we could focus our attention and the network agreed it could loosely hold what is happening and make sure it is all linked together.
The next meeting date is 21 March 6-8pm at Nottingham Women’s Centre but in the meantime the Women and Equalities Select Committee is asking for written evidence of women’s experiences of sexual harassment at work and how they would like to see things change. Deadline Tuesday 13 March.