#IsThisOK? - Greater Manchester's public campaign to tackle gender-based violence


A major part of tackling gender-based violence in Greater Manchester will be through a sustained public engagement and behavioural change campaign.

In December 2021, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, launched a campaign aimed at men and boys – challenging their behaviours to tackle sexual harassment of women and girls in public spaces. The campaign began with a video highlighting the experiences women and girls face going about their daily lives, and asked people: is this OK? A video of the press conference launching the video and campaign can be watched on our YouTube channel.

The campaign began with a powerful video highlighting the experiences women and girls face going about their daily lives.

It told the story of a young woman being sexually harassed on social media, out jogging, coming out of a coffee shop and out at night. The everyday behaviours in the video are engrained in society and sadly, some people may perceive them to be innocent. 

The video started a conversation with men and boys about why these types of behaviours are not OK. They are unsolicited intrusions which make women feel uneasy, threatened or even vulnerable.

A profile of the Mayor, Andy Burnham, alongside a quote in white letters on a red background. The quote says: "I recognise my personal responsibility to lead a new conversation about the change we need to see and that is why I am bringing forward this campaign aimed at men and boys. For too long, women and girls have had to put up with behaviours in public spaces that have made them feel uncomfortable, frightened or threatened."

The Deputy Mayor, Bev Hughes, standing looking ahead alongside a quote in white letters on a purple background. The quote says: "The tide is now turning on what was once deemed tolerable behaviours such as catcalls or unwanted sexual comments or jokes. It was never ok in the past and it's not ok now."

We worked with women’s groups and men and boys as part of the development of the video and the storyboard was based on experiences of women and girls across the UK. The campaign is part of Greater Manchester’s 10-year Gender-Based Violence Strategy published in September 2021.

Following our 2021 video, we will be launching the next phase of our public engagement campaign – focussing on changing the behaviour of men and boys, improving the safety of women and girls in public spaces, and taking our campaign into schools and colleges across the city-region. 

2022

Ahead of the launch of the next phase of our public engagement campaign, we released two films to follow-up our original video as part of a soft launch phase.

The first film was released alongside a press release, which can be read on our news webpage. 

We want, and need, to keep the conversation going on how we can improve the safety of women and girls in Greater Manchester, by challenging the behaviours, from primarily young men and boys, that contribute to gender-based violence.

You can watch our latest films via the links below:

 

 

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