Stacey Forrester is co-founder of Good Night Out Vancouver and Harm Reduction Manager for Bass Coast Music Festival.
With an academic background in Nursing (VIU) and Gender Studies (UBC), she helps licensed venues, events and festivals build capacity to approach issues of patron safety, health and well-being from both a public health and social justice lens.
Don’t miss Stacey’s session on Monday, April 23rd: #metoo and the Nightlife Economy
For too long, cat calling and harassment has been considered a “normal” part of a night out for women. In today’s climate of #metoo , we now can see that sexual harassment is pervasive, with 63% of Canadian women reporting that harassment has left them feeling distracted while at work or school.
Good Night Out Vancouver was founded out of an awareness of the links between alcohol consumption and sexual misconduct and harassment, initiated from community concerns that staff and patrons in Vancouver’s nightlife and entertainment industry are often under equipped to recognize or prevent these behaviors from happening, nor do they always have the skills, resources or time to navigate complaints of this nature.