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MU to Present Safe Spaces in Sound Session Online at Belfast Women’s Work Festival

On Thursday 2 June, together with Safe in Sound, we’ll be presenting this online panel discussion exploring the extent of sexual harassment and violence against women in the music industry and what needs to happen to change it.

Published: 19 April 2022 | 4:57 PM
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The MU report ‘For The Love Of Music’ highlights that half of women MU members (48%) have experienced sexual harassment and 85% of those who experienced it, did not report it.

This online panel discussion will explore the extent of the issue of sexual harassment and violence against women in the music industry and what needs to happen to change it. The event will introduce key people, organisations and initiatives working in this area including the MU’s Safe Space Scheme and Safe In Sound.

We will delve into why women in music are especially vulnerable to this behaviour; why we have so few older women in the industry compared to men; the low-level behaviours that stoke more severe cases, and why so few women – especially in the music industry – do not report their experiences.

We welcome everyone to join and contribute to this important discussion with a particularly warm welcome to male allies.

The event will run online (through Zoom) on Thursday 2 June, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm, and is free to attend. Register for your place in advance on the Women’s Work NI website.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Find out more about the Women’s Work website, and all the events that will be running over the course of the festival.

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