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Egypt: Towards a Safer City Report

Resources | on December, 12, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

From our friends at HarassMap in Egypt:

“After two years of hard work, HarassMap is pleased to share with you the publication of its study “Towards a Safer City”. This study is considered a pioneer one, as it examines the effectiveness of technologies in gathering data on incidents of sexual harassment in Egypt. The study utilized a triangulation of crowdsourced, qualitative and quantitative data to allow for greater accuracy and build a riches understanding of the phenomenon of sexual harassment in Egypt.”

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Viral Videos from Latin America Address Street Harassment

Resources, street harassment | on December, 11, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Yes! More viral videos on street harassment, this time from Latin America. Via Global Voices Online:

“In Peru, street harassment is a reality that many women have to deal with, even on public transportation.Natalia Málaga, a former volleyball player who now coaches the Peruvian national women’s team, is the face of the “Sílbale a tu madre” (Catcall your mother) campaignagainst street harassment, sponsored by the organization Paremos el acoso callejero (Let’s stop street harassment) and fitness and sporting goods company Everlast.

In the staged video, men make sexual comments at women who pass them on the street (these guys are known as faltosos in Spanish, meaning disrespectful). But the men are rendered speechless when they find out that the women are their mothers in disguise, who then give their sons a verbal lashing for the behavior.

The video has gone viral, with more than 3.4 million hits on YouTube so far”

In Chile, entertainment YouTube channel Woki Toki released a “social experiment” it called “La revancha de los agarrones” (Revenge of the touchers) several months ago, which has more than 4.2 million views. In the video, a woman gives men she passes an agarroncito (little touch) on the hand or bum, an unwelcome action that some men in the country inflict on women in the street.

At the end, the host says she is surprised that none of the guys who experienced the “little touch” felt uncomfortable (some even asked her out on a date). She tells male viewers not to give women agarroncitos because it makes them uncomfortable and isn’t funny.”

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“Girl in a Country Song” Tackles Street Harassment

News stories, street harassment | on December, 11, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

This has been a HUGE year or talking about street harassment, including in country music!

Girl in a Country Song” just became the #1 country song in the USA and I am loving how the teenage singers Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye call out harassers and men who disrespect women!

“I hear you over there on your tailgate whistlin’ [*whistle*]
Sayin’, “Hey girl”
But you know I ain’t listenin’
Cause I got a name
And to you it ain’t “pretty little thing”, “honey” or “baby” …

Well shakin’ my moneymaker ain’t ever made me a dime
And there ain’t no sugar for you in this shaker of mine
Tell me one more time, “you gotta get you some of that”
Sure I’ll slide on over, but you’re gonna get slapped (Hah!)”

Yeah!!

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16 Days of Activism: Day 16

16 days | on December, 10, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

A final #16Days message from our board member Lani!

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16 Days of Activism: Day 15

16 days | on December, 09, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

This #16Days of Activism against Gender Violence message is brought to you by our board member Patrick (and today is his birthday!). Read about how street harassment is a human rights issue that must be taken seriously.

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Apply to join the first 2015 Blog Correspondents Cohort

correspondents, SSH programs | on December, 05, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Do you feel passionately about ending street harassment and do you like to write? We need YOU!

Stop Street Harassment is one of the top street harassment websites in the world and we’re recruiting new members for our first Blog Correspondents Program cohort of 2015. This is an unpaid, volunteer opportunity. Build your resume and add your voice to the global conversation about this important topic!

Your words will be read: the SSH blog receives an average of 30,000 unique readers per month.

Assignment:

From January to April, correspondents in the first cohort must commit to writing one blog post per month about street harassment issues in their community, region or country, four posts total. The topics could include incidents of street harassment covered in the news, activism to stop it, interviews with street harassment activists, and street harassment in popular culture, traditions or the news. You can also write pieces that tie street harassment to relevant related issues (such as racial profiling/racism, online harassment, and campus rape).

We aim to have geographic diversity among our cohort members. People of all genders, ages, regions are welcome to apply.

Applying:

Please complete this form by December 22, 2014. Applicants will be notified by December 27 and the term will begin January 1.

NOTE: If you prefer to write in a language other than English, please also indicate what language is most comfortable for you and you can send your writing sample in that language.

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“I’m done with people thinking that street harassment is a joke”

Stories, street harassment | on December, 04, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Three times a week I take the bus home from my job as a nanny back to my house. The bus stop is located on a busy street, comprised of many people returning home from work at the end of the day. I am never waiting for more than about 10 minutes at this stop, and I can count at least 10 grown men staring at me from their cars every single day. These men range from men in pick up trucks, men in suits in fancy cars, or a group of 18 year old boys who think they’re going to impress or compliment me by smiling/nodding/staring/harassing me.

Today was the worst day; I’m a 22 year old woman and a 50 year old man yelled at me from three lanes over ʺI have an extra seat in my car for you!ʺ and smiled creepily. When I gave him a look of disgust he just laughed and rolled up his window. About five minutes later a group of three younger men rolled up and stared at me, one even having the audacity to stick his head out the window. Annoyed and tired of the harassment I said ʺCould you be a little more obvious?ʺ and they replied, ʺWe aren’t trying to beʺ and as they drove off yelled ʺsee you around.”

Do these idiots know how much this makes me hate riding the bus?

I have a RIGHT as a woman and a human being to utilize public transportation without being harassed. I have a RIGHT as a woman and a human being to read my book on a bench without being asked to hop in your car. I have a RIGHT as a woman and a human being not to be treated as an object. Obviously, these people don’t respect that.

These men don’t realize that this isn’t a funny joke. It’s not something I take lightly. I don’t like it, I don’t want it, LEAVE ME ALONE.

So frustrated and sick and tired and annoyed and done with people thinking that street harassment is a joke.

Optional: What’s one way you think we can make public places safer for everyone?

Have bus stops that are covered or at least somehow sheltered from the passing cars. The single bench on the side of the street makes me an ideal candidate to be yelled at.

- A

Location: Sydney, Australia

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