Calls for zero tolerance on gender discrimination

December 23 2015

A LOCAL organisation, which carries out workshops on sexist bullying, is backing calls for a zero tolerance to gender discrimination across the city.

A LOCAL organisation, which carries out workshops on sexist bullying, is backing calls for a zero tolerance to gender discrimination across the city.

TIGER (Teaching Individuals Gender Equality and Respect) was established by a group of Bishopston residents three years ago, and has since been working with young people to raise their awareness about gender stereotyping and its effects.

They are now part of a council funded campaign, lead by Bristol Women’s Commission, to become a city with a zero tolerance approach to gender-based violence, abuse and exploitation.

TIGER hopes that committing to the campaign will raise awareness of the vital work they do in primary and secondary schools.

Signing the pledge also coincides with the launch of their new formal training that will help organisations reflect on gender and diversity matters in the workplace.

Natalie Bennett, one of the original founders of TIGER, said: “By saying that we are part of this initiative, it’s just going to give us a new level of recognition for the work we are delivering and the seriousness and respect that it deserves.

“We believe that gender stereotypes are limiting the way people think of themselves and others.

“One in 5 boys in a recent NSPCC study were found to harbour extremely negative attitudes towards women and girls, and sexual discrimination in the workplace continues to be the most frequent type of discrimination claim received by tribunals (Business in the community, 2015).

“This can affect people’s emotional and mental wellbeing so that in schools, student’s aspirations and educational attainment are impacted on and for businesses, employees’ productivity can drop.”

For more information, or if interested in booking TIGER for a workshop, visit: www.tigerbristol.co.uk or email: tigerbristol@riseup.net.

TIGER Bristol
From left to right, Rosie Sinfield, Natalie Bennett,
Emma Turnball with the signed 'Zero Tolerance' pledge