Tracey is the founder of Safe Gigs for Women, an initiative established by regular gig goers with the aim of creating a safer environment for women at live music events.
We believe that education is the key to this, and are attending multiple events this year (such as Handmade Festival, Lost Evenings, and Download) to hand out information on how attendees can stay safe and look out for others.
Our aims are:
Work with gig goers to spread the word that it is not okay to grope, threaten or harass others. Encourage victims to speak out, and supporters to advocate that this behaviour will not be tolerated.
Work with venues to ensure they take reports of sexual harassment and other threats to women seriously. We will work with venues to create a standard in the industry for safe venues. We will then campaign to get the standard adopted nationwide.
Getting bands on board to recognise our standards, talk about our work, and get their audiences recognising and spreading what is acceptable.