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Jack Campin #TradStandsWithHer (6) RE: #TradStandsWithHer 17 Aug 20

From Lori Watson:

Ive been party to these discussions and its been on my mind for some time - how can we best support each other and move forward as a community in the traditional arts?

Among other things, there has to be collective responsibility.

If were unaware, silent or waiting - we need to learn more and take and support positive, constructive actioIf were aware and not sure what to do then now is the time to call out sexist attitudes, actions, conversations and exploitative, unbalanced or unsafe situations.

If were guilty of contributing to sexual harrassement and assault or the situations and beliefs that lead to it - we can also seek help to address this constructively.

The first step is acknowledgement and support for those speaking out now - I hear you and believe you and Im here to support you.

Official statement:

A growing number of young female musicians are risking their livelihoods and forfeiting their anonymity in order to speak out about their personal experiences of sexual abuse, assault, harassment and coercion by men on the folk and traditional music scene, both in Ireland and the U.K.

We acknowledge their honesty, courage, anger and pain, and their right to seek justice.

As a diverse musical community, and industry, we must not respond with silence, or complicity.

We are calling on folk and traditional music organisations, artists, festivals, industry workers, education establishments, music fans and audiences to support a fundamental culture change that ensures women's safety, equality and dignity.

We need a code of ethics, which protects women in folk and traditional music from sexual harassment and assault, and sends a clear zero tolerance message to male perpetrators.

This is the moment to redress power imbalances, promotes a culture of respect, trust, and equality and create safe, collaborative environments in which all folk and traditional musicians can share and enjoy the music that we love.

#ItEndsNow #TradStandsWithHer

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