Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Poble Espanyol joins the City Council “We won’t keep quiet” protocol against sexual assault and harassment

Yesterday, Tuesday 5th February, Poble Espanyol signed an agreement with Barcelona City Council to implement the “We won’t keep quiet” (No callamos, in Spanish) protocol against sexual assault and harassment in private night-time leisure venues.

This Barcelona City Council initiative, among the first of its kind in Spain, was put in place in March 2018 by the City Council Office for Feminism and LGTBI Affairs to address the alarming figures on gender-based violence in public spaces and leisure venues in Catalonia as a means of championing free, non-violent relationships so that everyone can have an equally good time.

After the positive results in the pilot, the City Council has made the necessary educational and promotional tools available to the participating premises, venues, and festivals to train their personal on what constitutes sexist behaviour, sexual harassment and sexual assault and how to proactively respond to them.

The new signatories bring the number of participating venues and festivals in Barcelona to 40, including Palau Sant Jordi, Sant Jordi Club, the Olympic Stadium, Sonar, Primavera Sound, Brunch in the City or Cruïlla Festival and Apolo, Razzmataz, Bikini, Luz de Gas, Otto Zutz Club, Upload Barcelona or Sutton venues, among others.

These measures will be applied to all new venues from May onwards, ahead of the upcoming spring/summer season, after training has been provided to the 1,600 staff at night-time leisure venues.

In addition to guidance and training, the venues and festivals participating in the protocol have undertaken to adopt a series of preventative actions which include measures for controlling access to venues, monitoring of dark or hidden potentially dangerous areas, and avoiding activities that aggravate gender inequality. Results will be analysed annually to review and improve the application of the protocol.