Together We Stand

Together We Stand

The Together We Stand campaign began in 2013 at Burning Man.  Around the base of the sculpture we asked, “What Would the World be Like if Women Were Safe” in as many different languages as Google translate had available.  One answer to this question is that men and women would stand together to ensure women (and men too for that matter) were safe from sexual assault.  So, at Burning Man, we handed out nearly 10,000 wristbands that said “Together We Stand” and asked everyone who agreed to wear one to “take active responsibility for the safety of their sisters on the playa.”  We have heard unconfirmed reports that reported sexual assaults were significantly less (from 70 to 7) in 2013 than in recent prior years.  

We expanded on this program for Burning Man 2015. Specifically, we implemented a pilot "Safe Spaces" project  where 7 camps agreed to explore the idea of safe spaces and what it would take to create a series of connected spaces for the event in future years.  These camps were identified by 22 foot tall LED lit signs designed by Marco.  This program has already generated many needed conversations among event organizers and participants and the signs acted as a visible reminder that informed and changed the event for those who encountered them.   Burning Man itself has become much more proactive on this issue over the years and we understand there were zero reported sexual assaults in 2015.

 

We are also working on how to implement this program outside of Burning Man.