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Small changes can make women, girls and everyone feel safer
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Edinburgh Napier University is proud to support the launch of the #RespectHerSpace campaign.

The campaign was produced by the City of Edinburgh Council alongside Police Scotland, NHS Lothian, the University of Edinburgh, and Edinburgh Napier University and is supported by the Women's Safety in Public Places Community Improvement Partnership and the Equally Safe Edinburgh Committee.

It encourages men to make small changes to their behaviour to make people, especially women and girls, feel safer in Edinburgh.

Small changes, such as crossing the road instead of walking directly behind someone or making a phone call, are intended to reassure women and girls who may otherwise feel unsafe while in a public place.

Carolann Begbie, Director of People & Services at Edinburgh Napier University, said: "We strive to make Edinburgh Napier a safe place for everyone, and this campaign underlines that effort. Sadly, harassment and gender-based violence are problems which affect all aspects of society. We want to ensure that it's not a part of university life.

"#RespectHerSpace demonstrates that small changes can have a significant impact on helping our city become a more inclusive place to study, work and live."

The launch of the campaign comes ahead of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence international campaign which kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

We're calling on the Edinburgh Napier community to unite as we work together to tackle sexual harassment and violence. You can help to make the University a safer place by signing up to free online training and educating yourself about consent.

Find out more on our Zero Tolerance pages.


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