I’ve had very unreliable internet access the last several days while traveling through Egypt. I finally have a great connection but only have it for 30 more minutes until I fly from Luxor to Cairo. There are so many anti-street harassment articles and initiatives I’ve missed blogging about!!
Here are a few:
* This evening in Carbondale, Illinois, at 5 p.m. the Women’s Center will show The War Zone documentary about street harassment.
* Via Collective Action for Safe Spaces (I’m a board member): “Last Wednesday, July 11th, DC resident Liz Gorman was sexually assaulted in DC’s Dupont Circle. On Thursday, Liz, who immediately reported the incident to the Metropolitan Police Department, wrote about her experience on our blog. By Friday, the post had set off a viral reaction, both locally and nationally. So far, it has been republished by The Washington Post, Jezebel and Fem2.0. It has been reported on by The Washington Post Local (front page Metro section!), WJLA, WTTG FOX, DCist, DCblogs and the Washington City Paper – with more interviews with CASS in the works. (Stay tuned!)”
* Sign a petition addressed to the Commissioner of Police in Delhi, India, asking that police do more to prevent and stop street harassment and rape.
* “”S.H.O.W You Care” (S.H.O.W. = Stop Harassment of Women) is a project that spearheads a campaign for respectful treatment of women. Sexual Harassment is a big issue not only in Sri Lanka, but around the world and it’s time we show that we care and we will stand up for the rights of women, men and humanity. This campaign is initiated by a group called Sri Lanka Unites which is a grassroots youth movement aimed at empowering the youth of Sri Lanka to be the driving force of social change in the country….
To show our support for this campaign and campaigns around the world, this video montage was created for anyone who is spreading awareness about women’s rights. The world does care, and we support you!”
* Monday, youth gathered outside a mall in India to protest against the lack of women’s rights. Via Times of India: “Wake Up India Foundation, an NGO run by college students, organized a street protest on Monday to highlight issues of eve teasing…The activists danced to the tunes of ‘Hai junoon’ and ‘Rang De Basanti’ holding placards with messages like ‘Respect my body, respect my mind and respect me, stop street harassment.’ Large number of people witnessed the performances making the event a success.”
* An article about public masturbation in Lebanon.
* Via The Indian Express (Trigger Warning): “A young girl, who was celebrating a friend’s birthday at a local bar, protested lewd remarks made by a man. As she stepped out of the premises, he and a group of men encircled and sexually assaulted her, in full public view. More men passing by joined the attack. For an awful half hour, nobody intervened — save a TV news reporter, who recorded the event. The video was broadcast on Guwahati’s News Live, and went viral. Amid the outpouring of disgust and anger, many brought up that unresolved quandary — should the cameraperson have recorded the crime, or tried to save her?” VIDEO