Nottingham research on protecting women and girls

Researchers at Nottingham and Nottingham Trent Universities have carried out in-depth research to tackle misogyny hate crime, producing new practical resource materials that are now freely available for general use.

Professor Louise Mullany, Dr Victoria Howard (University of Nottingham) and Dr Loretta Tricket (NTU) have been working together to improve the lives of women and girls by working to end gender-based hate crime and abuse.

This multi-disciplinary researcher team have been collaborating for several years, working with practitioners beyond academia, including Nottinghamshire Police. Important findings include:-

  • men and boys should be involved in campaigns and encouraged to challenge masculinities that enable men and boys to act in ways which negatively impact women
  • educational initiatives that teach boys about healthy relationships and identities need to be adopted in primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities.

Based on the research, a comic book has been developed to be used in various settings, based on real life experiences, to be used as a tool for starting discussions and challenging negative attitudes. The resource is called Changing Minds: The Real Impact of Street Harassment and offers high impact potential to make a real difference.

The resource can be used as part of an educational package alongside other resources such as ‘Don’t be that guy’ and the impactful film based on women’s experiences ‘Because I am a Woman’ produced by the Nottingham Women’s Centre, who funded the research (available on Youtube). Take a look at resources available here:- https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/lipp/research-projects/educational-resources.aspx

To find out more about this important research contact loretta.trickett@ntu.ac.uk

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