We’re excited to announce that we’ve signed up to the #16Pledges campaign!
Started by Not On My Campus, the campaign is based on 16 pledges that have been split amongst four stakeholder groups: Vice-Chancellors and Chairs of Governing Bodies, University staff, SU Officers and Representatives, and Students (including one for Sports Teams and one for Student Groups).
We understand that the pledges alone will not completely eradicate gender-based violence, but they will reflect the role we can all play in helping to address it and create safer and inclusive spaces.
After recognising that the pledges aligned with the actions and goals within our #NeverOK campaign, your President Rhiannon saw this as a perfect opportunity to strengthen the work we’re doing on tackling gender-based violence at Herts.
“As we’ve already highlighted, these campaigns are designed to impact the journey we’re taking to end gender-based violence. We have been looking into bystander training, launched the #NeverOK campaign, hosted a Reclaim the Night vigil and we’ve already started to implement improvements for the Forum nights by bringing in things like cup toppers and extra searches before entering.
All these things we’re doing go hand in hand with the pledges. By pledging, we’re giving ourselves a set of actions and goals to work towards, taking it one step further than our commitments. This will give us a way to be held accountable and for us to hold the University to account, lobbying them to do more for students around this issue. I’m excited to continue this work for students with students, and strengthen our #NeverOK campaign to get positive results”
Not only have we signed up to the pledges, but the Students’ Union has also signed the #16Pledges open letter to the UK government, demanding for more to be done to tackle gender-based violence on campus’ across the UK working with Higher Education Institutions to achieve this.
If you need support, the University's Wellbeing Service can be accessed here, and the Students’ Union Advice Service can be found here if you would like to talk to someone. There is also the Speak Out service at the University, which allows you to anonymously report instances of harassment or discrimination and access confidential support.