The Women’s Safety Charter is a new initiative Manchester City Council are introducing to improve the safety for all women in the night-time economy. CityCo and Manchester BID are supporting the charter. It is specifically aimed at employers with a female workforce who are at work between 6pm and 6am. It is intended to enable organisations to prioritise the safety of women, both workers and customers of Manchester’s thriving night-time economy. It is a practical guide to accompany a training programme – inviting Manchester businesses to take a zero-tolerance stance on the harassment of women. It is designed to encourage all Manchester employers to make a commitment and enable systemic change for prioritising safety of women in the workplace and for customers. The charter has been designed with the night-time economy in mind, but is beneficial to the entire 24-hour economy, including anyone who works in and enjoys the city at night. The Charter Pledge We are asking businesses to pledge support to the following 7 commitments: Appoint a Champion – Appointing a named contact for this work who will champion and drive forward any action taken Communicate – Positive, public/staff-facing communications campaign, both online and in your space(s) Support your staff – Create routes for reporting unacceptable behaviour while at work and supporting cultural change Support the public – Create routes for reporting unacceptable behaviour while using your service or space at night Training and responding – Staff training on the issue, including what to say and do, what not to say and do, and any relevant policies Training: recording – Staff training on information-sharing and appropriate recording of details Designing for safety – Audit your spaces and adapt them to promote a safer environment and reduce risk of crime Pledge your business’ support Download a copy of the charter See which organisations have already signed up to the Manchester Women’s Night-time Safety Charter Staff training to follow. Dates below.