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TGC Sussex Network Community of Learning session – Thursday, January 18, 2024

This event will focus on creating safe and inviting environments for women and girls to be active.

When: Thursday January 18, 2024, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Where: Lewes FC, The Dripping Pan, Mountfield Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2XA.

Empowering women and girls through safe and inclusive active spaces

Please note bookings for this event have now closed. If you would like to attend, please email gfinlay-gray@activesussex.org  


Over the last year This Girl Can has been putting the spotlight on the ‘Enjoyment Gap’ experienced by women, with a significant proportion of women reporting safety concerns in its November 2022 survey in relation to exercising in well-lit streets or public spaces alone after dark (65%), non-supervised public facilities (53%), and supervised public facilities (19%). These concerns contribute to an overall trend of women reportedly enjoying exercise less than men.

Research also found 46% of women say they change their outdoor exercise routine due to less daylight during the autumn and winter months and almost half (48%) of women do not like to get active outdoors after dark. More alarming is that six in 10 (60%) women surveyed are also concerned about the risk of sexual harassment or intimidation when being active during the darker nights.

And it’s not just outdoor environments we need to consider, but addressing safety concerns experienced by women while getting active in leisure facilities. Among those who experienced sexual harassment or intimidation, 76% reported they had changed their behaviour as a result, which varied from changing the time they visited facilities to the way they dressed.

Women and girls deserve to get active as much as men and so we need to create safer environments, and stamp out harassment and intimidation so women and girls feel safe when being active indoors or outdoors.

This event will provide a space to discuss these concerns and what we can do to address systemic issues, promote awareness, and implement practices. We will dig a bit deeper into the research and recommendations, and share examples of how local partners are addressing safety concerns and working to create inclusive environments for women and girls.

The session will also provide a chance to network with colleagues and consider ways of collaborating to provide physical activity provision for this audience.

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