NUS Women's Campaign are pleased to announce the launch of the Zero Tolerance campaign.
The Zero Tolerance Campaign has been launched as a direct result of the Hidden Marks report, published by the NUS Women’s Campaign in March 2010. The Hidden Marks report showed that 68% of women students have experienced sexual harassment whilst at university or college.
The principle behind the Zero Tolerance Campaign is simple. we're asking you to stand up and say that sexual harassment is not tolerated in your union, or at your union events. By becoming a Zero Tolerance Union you can help tackle the high levels of sexual harassment in our institutions, and you can help end the culture of acceptability that leaves such behaviour unchallenged.
Over the last few months a number of unions have piloted the Zero Tolerance Campaign in their unions. From their experiences, we have developed a comprehensive guide on how to make your union have zero tolerance to sexual harassment. To Download the guide, please click here.
The guide includes:
· Information on how to become an accredited Zero Tolerance Union
· Information about the prevalence of sexual harassment in our unions
· A comprehensive definition of sexual harassment
· Case studies from unions who have already implemented the zero tolerance policy
· A step-by-step breakdown of the steps you should take to implement the policy
· Information about the help you will get from the NUS Women's Campaign
If you decide to become a Zero Tolerance Union you will:
· Make your Unions a safe space for all of your students
· Tackle the perceived acceptability of sexual harassment
· Get official NUS accreditation for being a Zero Tolerance Union, and will get your own personalised Zero Tolerance logo
· Get free Zero Tolerance materials and regular contact and support from the NUS Women's Campaign
Dozens of unions have already contacted NUS Women's Campaign to state that they will seek Zero Tolerance accreditation. Get in touch with the National Women's Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to find out how you can lead the way in the Student Movement by becoming a Zero Tolerance Union.