Stop Street Harassment
We believe that street harassment impedes gender equality and must be taken seriously. Because street harassment is often an invisible problem (especially to people in power) and it is dismissed as being a “minor annoyance,” a “joke,” or the fault of the harassed person, our primarily focus right now is simply to document the problem and demonstrate why it’s a human rights violation that must be addressed.
What We Do:
Online Resource: The SSH website is the go-to resource for information about street harassment, including prevalence statistics, tips for dealing with harassers and how to be a male ally. A team of correspondents from around the world contribute monthly articles about street harassment in their communities. Individuals from more than 30 countries submit their street harassment stories for the SSH blog and relevant news and activism is featured on the blog, too.
Research: SSH’s founder Holly Kearl conducted two online surveys for a master’s thesis and then a book. SSH is currently fundraising to be able to conduct the first-ever national study on street harassment in the United States (donate here). To supplement the 2,000-person survey, numerous focus groups are being conducted with under-represented groups.
Media: Ms. Kearl regularly gives media interviews on the topic and writes articles for outlets like Huffington Post, Guardian, Ms., and Women’s Media Center. She also wrote one of the only books on the subject, Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women (Praeger, 2010).
Talks: Ms. Kearl regularly gives talks on street harassment on college campuses, in high schools, and to community groups (invite her to speak at your event). She’s also testified about street harassment before the New York City and Washington, D.C. City Councils and presented at numerous conferences.
International Anti-Street Harassment Week: Each spring, SSH organizes more than 100 groups (there were 150 groups in 2013) around the world to take action against street harassment in their community during International Anti-Street Harassment Week.
Toolkits: SSH provides resources for people who want to take community action.
Washington, D.C. Activism: SSH is based in the Washington, D.C.-area and has led or co-led various initiatives there. Along with Collective Action for Safe Spaces, SSH is part of a task force that works with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on addressing sexual harassment on the Metro trains and buses. In 2011, SSH co-led community safety audits and helped with a city march called Our Streets Too!
Social Media Volunteers:
* Carla Avenia is a translator and blogger living in France who loves to support causes dear to her heart during her free time.
* Christina Brown is a New York City graduate of Hunter College who majored in Sociology. She has an innate desire to understand and change the negative attention towards women that she is both a target and witness of every day. She wants to improve the streets for her nieces and nephews. She wants to help be apart of creating a safer world for all women and children. One of her favorite quotes, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph, is for good people to do nothing,” by Edmund Burke.
* Julie Mastrine is an activist, feminist, and writer working in the PR industry. Her work has been featured on outlets such as the Huffington Post, Mashable, Forbes, and many others. You can follow her on Twitter.
* Yasmine Nagaty is a Political Science graduate and an aspiring writer from the American University in Cairo and currently works at the Egyptian NGO Misr ElKheir. You can follow her on Twitter.
* Veronica Weis is a communications specialist in Washington, D.C. She’s worked in a media and communications capacity for a variety of social justice organizations. In 2011-2012, she served as an AIF President Clinton fellow in India, focusing on digital strategy and online media for Breakthrough, a human rights organization. As New Media intern at the ONE campaign, she worked as a blog contributor covering emerging topics in international development and human rights. Her writing and photography has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Gender Across Borders, the ONE blog, Women Make News, among others. You can follow her on Twitter.