The Clothesline Project


What is it?

The Clothesline Project is a national awareness initiative that was started by a group of women in the 1990s who wanted to give survivors and their friends and family members a voice about their abuse. It becomes both an educational and healing tool


How did it start?

Years ago, when women were often at home and handling the laundry, going outside to hang up clothes on the clothesline became a social gathering of sorts. Sometimes this was the only space where women could disclose things relevant to their lives as women


How to get involved?

If you are a survivor, or you want to show your support, you can design a t-shirt how you choose. See below.

You can make it personal, inspirational or simply something to feel good!

The goal of this artwork is not only to raise awareness of the problems of harassment against women but to arrive at conclusions to help solve the problem.

Green Dot is an initiative in the US that has been adopted by the Univeristy of Westminster in partnership with the SU, aimed at helping victims of sexual violence.

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Design your own shirt

Join fellow students in making your own shirt for display. You do not need to be a victim, just show your support!

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More on the SU partnering with the University of Westminster

The Universities UK (UUK) Taskforce was established to explore what more can be done to support the higher education sector to prevent and respond to incidents of violence and sexual harassment on campus, hate crimes and other forms of harassment.

It consulted widely and considered extensive evidence on harassment, hate crime and violence on campus. Many universities submitted evidence to highlight the steps they and their students’ unions are already taking to address these issues.

In response to the Universities UK taskforce, the University of Westminster is working very closely with the SU in taking an institution-wide approach to tackling violence against women, harassment and hate crime by adopting an evidence-based bystander intervention programme.

Westminster has secured funds to adopt a US violence prevention strategy called the Green Dot and tailor it to the needs of the UK and more specifically Westminster students. Green Dot is a mobilising strategy to reduce sexual assault, partner violence, stalking by empowering students and staff to be active bystanders teaching them how to recognise warning signs and intervene safely and effectively.

Green Dot spent a week with us in October, seeing staff/students and conducting focus groups in order to adapt their highly successful programme for use in the UK by our staff. They are now devising a strategy to implement in the next three academic years.