Municipalities sought our guidance on action plans, and news outlets amplified our message and our work
We’re For a World Where Everyone Feels Safe, Included and Respected
Fairspace’s story starts with our own experiences of harassment. In 2015, our stories fuelled new research that took root in Amsterdam and blossomed into something much greater than anyone could have imagined..
Driven by a shared determination to put an end to street harassment in the Netherlands,
With limited resources but boundless creativity, we used yoga mats as makeshift banners and whistles to raise public awareness about street harassment.
As the global #MeToo movement gained momentum in 2017, so did the impact of our efforts.
Later that year, we officially transformed into Fairspace. Co-founders Eve and Laura saw an opportunity – not only to address harassment in public spaces but also to focus on education and prevention.
In 2019, we responded to the growing attention to workplace harassment by launching our Safety and Inclusion in the Workplace trainings.
Embracing the spirit of participatory design, we integrated co-creation tools, empowering communities to play an active role in shaping their own futures.
As the world grappled with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, we refused to let our mission falter.
Harassment didn’t stop, and neither did we. We adapted our materials to help remote teams build inclusive workplace cultures and paid special attention to online forms of harassment.
The year 2021 brought with it a painful reminder of the prevalence of harassment and violence with the tragic murder of Sarah Everard in the UK and shocking scandals in the Dutch media.
Fairspace’s work took on an even greater urgency as we renewed our commitment to prevention and education.
In 2023, Fairspace experienced a major phase of growth, winning a coveted multi-year grant from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science.
With this support, we expanded our bystander intervention activities and ventured into new territories in the realm of social safety, exploring digital tools, virtual reality, and more.
As our story unfolds, the team at Fairspace stands resolute, ready to embrace the future with open minds and an unyielding passion.
With each collaboration, we move one step closer to our vision – a world where everyone feels safe, included, and respected. Together, we continue to grow, to reach new places, and to extend our services to all corners of the world.
Our story is a testament to the power of grassroots efforts, showing that even the smallest actions can lead to a wave of change, shaping a better future for us all.