The Brussels government announced on Saturday that it would give €250,527 to four civil society initiatives that combat sexual harassment and violence in nightlife, per the sources.
Four initiatives were chosen for financing after a call for proposals was issued on March 1 by equal.brussels, the Brussels Night Council, and the Institute for Equality between Women and Men.
The organizations that have succeeded include Z! with their Plan SACHA Training project, Modus Vivendi with its training manual, Brussels By Night Federation with its “We care (about each other)” platform, and last but not least, the Osmose collective with their awareness-raising initiative.
The association will receive €70,065 to support Plan SACHA training, which focuses on three primary areas: training in planning celebratory events, field awareness raising, and victim psychological care.
Training will cover several topics, including the analysis of violence, victim treatment, and educating teams and the general public.
Modus Vivendi will receive the greatest budget, with €70,629 going toward its training program. It will involve giving the nightlife sector tools so that they may better address issues, including sexist and sexual violence or gender-based violence. The SACHA training programs might potentially be utilized with these kits.
We Care Platform
The €60,145 awarded to the We Care Platform, according to a press release from the Secretary of State for Equal Opportunities, Nawal Ben Hamou, will be used for several things, including supporting bars, clubs, and parties in creating policies against harassment and sexist and sexual violence and educating the industry about these issues.
Additionally, funds will be used to provide a toolkit for nightlife worker trainers on submission and chemical vulnerability topics, as well as to disseminate information on the SACHA Plan and Safe Ta Night projects to the nightlife sector to promote the culture of consent in festive environments.
Furthermore, there will also be money going towards setting up a group of at least trained people (“Care Team”) who can intervene directly in the nightlife sector to activate prevention as well as action protocols.