We are delighted to announce that Truck Festival and UN Women UK are joining forces this year to deliver ‘Safe Spaces Now’ – an initiative committed to tackling sexual harassment at live events, whilst creating a safe and inclusive space for women and marginalised groups.
UN Women UK are working with a range of festivals this year and will be rolling out a blueprint following their successful pilot launch in 2021. Together, our aim is to make Truck Festival an even better experience for everyone.
Our collaboration with UN Women UK will include:
• Supporting with Staff Training
• Training and Sourcing Guardian Angel Volunteers
• Providing Education and Information on site at the Safe Spaces Now Tent
Our aim is to make Truck Festival a safe and inclusive space that invites everyone – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality or ability to join the party at Hill Farm. Our fans and the community we have grown make Truck the festival it is today and we ask all festival goers to follow our Truck Ethos at all times.
The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has also re-launched their ‘Safer Spaces at Festivals’ campaign for 2022’ – a charter of best practice aimed at tackling sexual violence, harassment and assault at festivals, made in partnership with Rape Crisis, Good Night Out, Safe Gigs for Women, Girls Against and UN Women UK.
You can find out more information on both initiatives below:
Above all, Truck Festival will have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy on sexual harassment, reinforced by communications in the lead up to the festival and on the ground across the weekend.
Our approach will be survivor-led, prioritising the rights, wishes and dignity of survivors at all times.
• ‘Safe Spaces Now’ Activity Tent – an informative and educational space at Truck run by UN Women UK that will engage with festival goers of all genders, to educate us all on the issues of safety and bystander intervention. Truck will also provide access to helplines, resources and on-site safe spaces for additional support and disclosures should an incident occur.
Our Safe Space tent will provide a place for festival goers to engage with the initiative, learn about the issues surrounding sexual harassment and understand the topics. This high energy, vibrant space is in addition to our welfare facilities.
• Trained UN Women UK ‘Guardian Angels’ will be easy to spot across the festival site wearing bright UN Women UK T-shirts. Our Guardian Angels are on hand to ensure that all festival goers feel supported by trained volunteers who can intervene safely or provide support in case of an incident. As active bystanders Guardian Angels are trained to approach situations in a non-inflammatory way and provide practical support linking to our on site provision. If you’d like to become a Guardian Angel for 2022 register here
• All security, bar and festival staff will be given specialist training in responding appropriately to incidents or reports of sexual harassment and/or abuse
UN Women is the global champion for gender equality and the elimination of violence against women and girls. Its mission is for every woman and marginalised person worldwide to have equal access to safety, choice and a voice: safety and freedom from violence and harassment, choice over her life, work and body, and a voice as a leader whose ideas are listened to by key decision-makers.
UN Women is unique in working with all social levers to achieve equality, from delivering grassroots programmes to support the women and girls whose needs are greatest, to working with governments to design more equitable legislation and shifting norms through behaviour change campaigns.
At the heart of what UN Women does is bringing people together to achieve change more quickly. Its ‘Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces’ initiative has helped to transform urban areas worldwide for the past 10 years, and is now achieving change across the United Kingdom through UN Women UK’s Safe Spaces Now campaign.
We recruited a team of ‘Guardian Angels’ to volunteer at this year’s event to support our Safer Spaces campaign, in collaboration with UN Women UK.
This crucial roles included:
📣 Helping people take action if they experience or witness sexual harassment
🦺 Walking festival goers to welfare services / campsites / transport
💙 Ensuring everyone feels safe and included at the event
🗣️ Offering advice and help to anyone who needs it
✅ You will need to already have a valid DBS check
✅ You must take part in a compulsory online training session ahead of the festival
Upon completion of your shift, you’ll receive a free ticket to the festival and access to the campsite so you can stay for the weekend and enjoy the stellar line up!
Truck Festival is committed to creating a safe and inclusive space for everyone. You can help us achieve this, together.