I’m excited to announce that Stop Street Harassment has a new correspondents program and from January to June 2013, these individuals, representing five continents, are contributing monthly articles to the Stop Street Harassment blog. Here they are, in alphabetical order by country. Read their posts.
Terris graduated from UBC in 2011 with a degree in English Literature. She has worked as a freelance writer for the past five years in multiple fields such as copywriting and journalism, both in print and online. Her short stories have been published in literary magazines, and she had a monthly column in Discorder Magazine. She has written for companies and publications such as Metro News Vancouver, the Snipe News, Sizzle Teen Records, Global Bend, and many more. During her free time, Terris likes to show off her trivia nerd skills and go head to head against her dad in a feisty game of Jeopardy. She also enjoys film, books, graphic design, yoga, alternative comedy, and music of the indie rock persuasion. You can read more of her writing on her blog, or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
Bridgette is an elementary school teacher in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has worked at international schools in Taipei and Hong Kong. She recently completed a Master of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, focusing on social justice and comparative, international and development education.
Adriana Pérez-Rodríguez, Colombia
Adriana is a Colombian national who recently moved to Bogotá after completing her university undergrad studies at the University of Reading, England, where she studied Politics & International Relations. She’s been interested in feminist studies for quite a long while, to the point it has become her passion and she wants to contribute by any means possible to the struggle. She’s published an article in a British feminist magazine on abortion and the free construction of our sexuality and she’ll soon have an essay published by the School of Gender Studies, from a renowned Colombian university. She is preparing to begin her masters course work at that same university on Gender Studies and she’s very much looking forward to it.
Mi nombre es Adriana Pérez-Rodríguez, soy colombiana y recientemente me mudé a Bogotá después de haber cursado mis estudios de pregrado en la Universidad de Reading, Inglaterra, donde estudié un BA en Política & Relaciones Internacionales. He estado muy interesada en los estudios feministas por un buen tiempo, hasta el punto en que se han convertido en mi pasión y mi meta es lograr contribuir de cualquier manera a la lucha. Como experiencia, he publicado un artículo en una revista feminista británica sobre el aborto y la libre construcción de nuestras sexualidades y también he sido informada, por parte de la Escuela de Estudios de Género de una de las mejores universidades de Colombia, que un ensayo de mi autoría en género y educación superior va ser publicado prontamente. Adicionalmente, estoy a punto de empezar mi maestría en Estudios de Género en la misma universidad, por lo que estoy muy emocionada.
María is a 21-year-old Colombian woman who is tired of being harassed and tired of watching her friends and sisters being harassed every day. In her studies of psychology she’s writing a thesis about sexual violence. She also has an interest in sexual education, and writes about it on her blog http://sexedcolombia.tumblr.com/ Follow her on twitter.
ver a mis amigas y hermanas ser acosadas en las calles todos los días. En mis estudios de psicología he estado trabajando en mi tesis sobre violencia sexual. También me interesa la educación sexual, aquí está mi blog http://sexedcolombia.tumblr.com/ TT @MPaulinaLopez
Members of ProChange, Germany
We are a group of women from Dortmund and Dortmund who from several years to decades are activists for women’s rights. We were and are in agreement: women and girls need to get out of the victim role and defend themselves, be it against harassment on the street (and intrusive gaze response, whistles) and against violent and / or sexual assault. Globally, society is changing. Women of all countries fight for justice.
Wir sind eine Gruppe von Frauen aus Dortmund und dem Umkreis von Dortmund seit einigen Jahren bis zu Jahrzehnten aktiv und ehrenamtlich für Frauenrechte tätig. Wir waren und sind uns einig: Frauen und Mädchen müssen raus aus der Opferrolle und sich wehren, sei es gegen Belästigung auf der Straße (aufdringliches Anstarren und Ansprechen, Hinterherpfeifen) und gegen gewalttätige und/oder sexuelle Übergriffe. Weltweit ist die Gesellschaft im Wandel. Frauen aller Länder kämpfen für Gerechtigkeit. Diesen Wandel wollen wir beschleunigen. Wenn wir uns vordergründig für Mädchen und Frauen einsetzen, hat das mit unserer Biografie zu tun. Wichtig ist, dass wir natürlich auch weder Diskriminierung, Übergriffe und Gewalt gegen LGBTQs akzeptieren noch aus rassistischen oder sonstigen Gründen.
Moses Akwiri Okoth, Nairobi, Kenya
Moses has been a volunteer on the issues of violence against women for over 10 years as a result of the passion he has for people, especially in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa, where he is from. He is a Male Ally and what this means is that he has to let men know that men are in charge of making sure that there is CHANGE and that OUR women and Girls are SAFE and RESPECTED. His life is serving as an Advocate and Social Change agent. She is all about building relationships to end domestic, sexual, family and men ending violence in Africa. He works for a culturally specific domestic and sexual violence prevention as a man ally. Although the work is often challenging, he loves what he does and he cannot imagine doing anything else. He is a positive, upbeat brother who loves being around others who are likewise. He is an African Advocate who loves AFRICA. To him this is a calling!
Saniya is an undergraduate student majoring in Sociology and Anthropology. Her experience includes working in a World Bank funded NGO where she travelled to numerous remote locations in Pakistan carrying out qualitative research on poverty alleviation and its effect on women’s empowerment, and presenting its analysis to the CEO and department directors of the NGO. She was also a freelancer in one of the largest read English newspapers in Pakistan. She is passionate about issues concerning equality between the sexes, sexual harassment and the status of women in Islam, among others. You can follow her on her blog or on Facebook.
Natasha Vianna, Boston, MA, USA
Natasha, a fearless activist and young feminist, is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Boston, MA. She focuses much of her work on community health, racial equity, and teen pregnancy. A former contributor for a fashion site in the UK, this millennial took to writing about women’s rights with her most recent work featured in Latinitas Magazine, The Pushback, Advocates for Youth, Feministing, and RH Reality Check. Through blogging and public speaking, she has been fighting to change the perception of young parenthood, improve sexual education, and bring awareness to gender inequities. Natasha has also been a guest on shows such as the Huffington Post Live and Parenting in Action. Get in touch with Natasha by following her on twitter!
Lauren is a student from Houston, Texas, studying communications and journalism at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. After studying abroad and traveling, her eyes have been opened to many issues women face, including harassment. She hopes to be a voice for women, especially female students. Follow her on Twitter. When she’s not tweeting about human rights and gender inequality, she tweets about food and her obsession with Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
Allison Riley, Denver, CO, USA
Allison is a 2012 graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver where she majored in journalism with a minor in women’s studies. She wrote her senior thesis on the importance of viewing street harassment as a social and legal problem. Her ultimate career goal is to work for a women’s magazine, but along the way she aims to raise consciousness of gender violence issues, starting with her city of birth, Denver. In her free time Allison enjoys working out, reading, exploring, and spending time with friends. Follow Allison on twitter.
Talia is a Harvard-bound feminist hoping to concentrate in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her work has appeared in over 40 publications, including the Jewish Week, Ms. Magazine Blog, Jerusalem Post, Girl w/ Pen!, Jewish Press, and FBomb. She created and maintains the Star of Davida blog. When she manages to find spare time, she enjoys fuzzying with her rescue dog, eating (a lot), messing around in Photoshop, and procrastinating on the Internet.
Erin is a social justice activist, blogger, student, and avid reader. She is studying sociology and creative writing and working as an advocate for non-profits. She can be found blogging at Fearless Feminism, The Whole Living, and writing poetry at The Meaning of Luv. Most nights, she can be found in bed with a cup of coffee, a pile of books, and her laptop.
Carla C. Avenia, USA (Over the next 6 months she will reside in: Texas, USA; Argentina; and France)
Carla is a proud feminist originally from Texas, who strongly believes in creating safer spaces for women. She holds a Master’s in Local Development, and she runs her own translation company from France. She is also a travel blogger. You can find her on Twitter.
Carla es una feminista Tejana, dedicada a la causa de crear espacios seguros para las mujeres. Obtuvo su Máster en Desarrollo Local, y es la dueña de su propia compañía de traducción basada en Francia. También relata sus aventuras internacionales en su blog de viajes. Síguela en Twitter.
Sean Crosbie is a library/research assistant at a labor union in Washington, D.C. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from American University. Previous articles that he has written for Stop Street Harassment include bell hooks: The Importance of Male Allies and Guyland and the Culture of Street Harassment. Sean is interested in issues of social equality and justice and is a proud feminist and male ally. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife. Follow Sean on Twitter.
Claire Biggs, Louisiana, USA
Claire Biggs graduated from LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication in 2011 then jetted off to New York City for work. She spent two years working in the world of celebrity PR, social media, and fashion. Claire has since packed her bags and spends her days writing for MTV Act, where fist-pumping and lending a hand collide. She spends her (very late) nights writing, tweeting about women’s rights and encouraging everyone she’s ever met to join Twitter (because it’s where the magic happens). You can find this die-hard feminist on Twitter.