Speak Up! Stand Up! Campaign

The University believes that everyone has the right to live, work and study in an environment free from the fear of harassment or violence.

The ‘Speak Up! Stand Up!’ Campaign, is collaboration between the University of Manchester and Manchester Students Union that calls for action on harassment, hate crime and sexual violence. It aims to empower people to be an active bystander and take action against harassment, hate crime and sexual violence.

Acts of harassment and violence committed because of a person’s identity often start with negative attitudes, beliefs and stereotypes about other people. These beliefs are cultivated through exposure and repeated reinforcement by those around them and they can form prejudices. These prejudices can present in a variety of forms including

  • Disabalism
  • Homophobia
  • Racism
  • Religious Hate
  • Sexism
  • Transphobia

We recognise that if unchallenged these negative beliefs can lead to prejudicial and biased behaviour and potentially more serious acts of discrimination hate and violence.

Each month, as part of the campaign, we will be exploring the following topics:

  • November – Islamophobia, Transphobia and Hate Crime
  • December – Sexual Violence, Disabalism, and Human Rights
  • January – Anti-Semitismand Discrimination
  • February – Homophobia, Racism and Online Harassment and Hate Crime
  • March – Sexism, Misogyny and Hate Crime
  • April – Religious Hate, Mental Health and Hate Crime
  • May – Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia and Hate Crime
  • June – Racism, Human Rights and Hate Crime

Don’t be a bystander Speak Up! Stand Up! Call it out and report it.