Hampstead Village BID commits to Women’s Night Time Safety Charter

The Hampstead Village BID has this week committed to the Mayor of London’s Women’s Night Safety Charter to create a safer environment for everyone to be able to come and visit our Village.

The Mayor’s charter is the first of its kind covering the entire capital and sets out guidance for venues, operators, charities, councils and businesses to improve safety at night for women. This includes better training of staff, encouraging the reporting of harassment, and ensuring public spaces are safe.

The commitments — based on the pillars of reporting, responding, taking responsibility and redesigning public spaces — are:

  • Nominate a champion in your organisation who actively promotes women’s night safety
  • Demonstrate to staff and customers that your organisation takes women’s safety at night seriously, for example through a communications campaign
  • Tell staff what to do if they experience harassment when working, going out or travelling
  • Encourage reporting by victims and bystanders as part of your communications campaign
  • Train staff to ensure that all women who report are believed
  • Train staff to ensure that all reports are recorded and responded to
  • Design your public spaces and workplaces to make them safer for women at night

Marcos Gold, BID Manager said: “A commitment by the business community to ensure people have a safe environment to live and work is crucial to a thriving area.

The BID, through the Women’s Night Safety Charter, is dedicated to ensuring all staff, visitors, and residents who come to Hampstead continue to feel safe throughout the day and night”.

Find out more information on the Women’s Night Safety Charter.