London, Thursday 10th August, 2023; Tottenham Hotspur is proud to announce it has become the first football club to sign up to the Mayor of London’s Women’s Night Safety Charter, dedicated to ensuring the capital is a place where all women should be able to feel confident and welcome at night.
The Women’s Night Safety Charter is an established pan-London initiative, originally launched in 2018 by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, his Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden and London Night Czar, Amy Lamé. The Charter is part of the Mayor’s Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and London’s commitment to the UN Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces global initiative.
Since it was launched, a range of organisations including The O2, Transport for London and Ministry of Sound have signed up to the Charter, pledging to:
- nominate a champion within their organisation who actively promotes women’s night safety
- demonstrate to staff and customers that their organisation takes women’s safety at night seriously
- remind customers and staff that London is safe, informing them what to do if they experience harassment when working, going out or travelling
- encourage reporting by victims and bystanders
- train staff to ensure that all women who report are believed
- train staff to ensure that all reports are recorded and responded to
- design public spaces and work places to make them safer for women at night
Tottenham Hotspur is a Club dedicated to equality and inclusivity across everything it does, with its stadium one of the largest and most iconic venues in the capital.
The stadium has 24-hour security with an office located at its north-west corner, directly off of Tottenham High Road, which anyone feeling threatened or experiencing harassment at night is encouraged to report to.
All event day stewards, 24-hour security personnel and Club shop staff receive training in line with the Charter, with a newly appointed Health & Wellbeing Lead championing night safety throughout the organisation.
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, meanwhile, delivers a range of evening programmes across its local community, enabling women and girls a safe environment to participate in sports and physical activity at night.
Donna-Maria Cullen, Executive Director, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “As a Club with such a visible presence in its community, it is crucial that women and girls can feel safe in approaching us to receive assistance if they feel threatened, knowing that their concerns will be heard and acted upon. Violence towards women and girls is unacceptable and we are committed to supporting the Mayor of London in making our city safe and welcoming for all at night.”
Amy Lamé, London’s Night Czar, said: “I am delighted that Tottenham Hotspur has become the first football club to sign up to the Mayor’s Women’s Night Safety Charter, joining more than 1,500 organisations across London who have pledged to improve women’s safety. All women and girls should feel safe working, travelling or going out at night in our city, and we all have a part to play in this as we work towards building a better and fairer London for everyone.”
For more on the Women’s Night Safety Charter, visit: https://www.london.gov.uk/programmes-strategies/arts-and-culture/24-hour-london/womens-night-safety-charter