Harassment, controlling behaviour and domestic violence are global issues and, with thousands of victims losing their lives each year, we need to have a global solution. Over the past year, Stay Safe Global has been working with businesses that share the same ideals, including cloud computing and software company Salesforce, to promote international good practice for creating a positive working culture.
Working with the international NO MORE campaign and global leaders like Salesforce, Stay Safe Global is working to bring about change. Working with ethical and future-thinking organisations can create wide-reaching change.
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Stay Safe Global has also created an advisory board of experts including leading figures in the fields of domestic violence and sexual harassment prevention, professors of psychology and sociology as well as corporate security, education and conflict management specialists.
The panel includes Lyndsey Dearlove, Head of the UK SAYS NO MORE campaign, who works with Stay Safe Global to advise on supporting victims of domestic violence.
Working Across Different Cultures
The partnership with UK SAYS NO MORE informs the work Stay Safe Global does with multinational companies including world leading tech company Infosys at their headquarters in Bangalore and across campuses throughout southern India.
Stay Safe Global is also working with the next generation in India including at prestigious universities including girls in the Colleges of Engineering across Maharashtra and the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad.
This helps to set global standards across multinational corporations and bring about large social transformation across the globe.
Stay Safe Global focuses on three main areas – Safe Space, Safe Sense and Safe Skills.
Safe Space sexual harassment awareness training includes workshops focusing on gender issues, client interaction, power and control imbalances and risks specific to certain industries.
By working with large organisations to create an understanding culture for the one in four women that will experience domestic violence in the UK, it gives large companies the tools and knowledge they need to ensure every member of staff is supported.
Through female-specific and mixed gender Safe Sense and Safe Skills courses, Stay Safe Global has worked at Salesforce offices in the UK and Ireland, Germany, Holland and France to develop pre-awareness and avoidance skills as well as effective physical defence.
These positive workshops are set to continue and include more locations across Europe in 2019 as well as working with the International Salesforce Women’s Network.
Bringing Men Into The #MeToo Conversation
Last year, Stay Safe Global and UK SAYS NO MORE worked together to conduct a study into male views on harassment and toxic masculinity. The results were announced at a live question and answer event at the offices of international law firm Hogan Lovells LLP as part of their three year corporate partnership with charity Hestia.
After this successful project, the partnership continued and research extended. The results of this further study will be released to the Government in the form of a policy document during the annual UK SAYS NO MORE week in May 2019.
Stay Safe Global are also recording a series of podcasts with expert guests to involve men in post #MeToo solutions examining the views and messages that men are receiving on harassment, consent, masculinity, healthy relationships, stress, fatherhood and emotions.
Partnerships With Other Organisations Supporting The Next Generation
Stay Safe Global was introduced to UK SAYS NO MORE through its work with Hestia – London’s largest provider of refuges for women affected by domestic abuse. Stay Safe Global was brought in to provide free training, awareness and confidence building to victims of domestic and sexual abuse, people trafficking and honour-related violence.
UK SAYS NO MORE is also working with Stay Safe Global to deliver a Home Office-funded university ambassador programme. There will be 150 ambassadors created to support victims of domestic or relationship abuse and sexual violence.
Work is also continuing within schools as part of the courses run by Stay Safe Global at the Bermondsey Harris Academy girls’ school. The Harris Academy added the workshops, focusing on safe and healthy relationships, to the curriculum. These sessions are continuing at the school and at universities including Imperial College London.
By working within schools and universities, Stay Safe Global is giving training to young people on issues surroundinvaluableg gender, patriarchy, consent and healthy relationships.
London’s MET also receives free training from Stay Safe Global for all police cadets. These workshops focus on stay safe skills, how to teach young people knife awareness and avoidance and is aimed at tackling the alarming rise in knife-related incidents across the capital.
Through these partnerships and by working with some of the world’s largest corporations, Stay Safe Global hopes to change society for the better and as well as taking a stand against unacceptable behaviour in the workplace and our communities.
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