Bristol Zero Tolerance

Bristol Zero Tolerance was run by Bristol Women’s Voice 2016-19 to tackle gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation across the city. The project worked in partnership with Bristol City Council and other key organisations to better help us achieve real change around gender-based violence issues.

Bristol Zero Tolerance acted as an overarching initiative linking different strategies and bodies together and raising awareness about the related work happening in Bristol. We also encouraged Bristol-based organisations and city leaders to set a good example and sign up to our pledge to take positive action. The vision of the Zero Tolerance City initiative is for Bristol to become a city with a zero tolerance approach to all forms of gender-based violence and abuse.

We set up The Bristol Street Harassment Project to highlight the impact of street harassment locally and support people to respond and be active bystanders. We also worked with local decision makers to address street harassment as a city and encourage people to report gender/misogyny as a hate crime.

We worked with businesses to raise awareness of gender-based violence issues for their staff and customers including providing training. In particular businesses in the night time economy were encouraged to sign up and get involved.

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In summer 2019 Bristol Women’s Voice launched the City Listening Project supported by the Government Equalities Office (GEO) to ensure the voices of women, particularly those that frequently go unheard, contribute to better policy-making. The GEO was particularly keen to hear from women facing multiple barriers including those in low paid employment, BAME women and disabled women. The City Listening Project report is available and can be found here.