Women protest from Nairobi to Delhi

News stories, street harassment | on November, 25, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Via The Daily Nation:

“Women protest on Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi, Kenya, on November 17, 2014, against street harassment, demanding the arrest of the men who stripped a lady naked when she was on the street.”

Via ABC News


“In this photo by Saurabh Das, female police cadets undergo martial arts training at an institute in New Delhi. The cadets will undergo rigorous training for up to three years and then train other female cadets who will be deployed in sensitive parts of the Indian capital to prevent eve teasing, or street harassment of women, as well as molestation and other crimes.”


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USA joins UN’s Global Safe Cities Initiative!

16 days, News stories, street harassment | on November, 25, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and First Lady of New York Chirlane McCray, following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding to work together for a safer New York, through UN Women’s Safe Cities initiative. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

The USA is now part of UN Women’s Global Safe Cities Initiative, an effort that started four years ago in just five countries and has expanded to nearly 20 countries.

The Initiative is “the first-ever
global comparative programme that develops, implements, and evaluates comprehensive approaches to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces.”

Via UN Women:

UN Women and the City of New York today signed an agreement to work together in order to enhance the safety and empowerment of women and girls. It is the first such agreement signed between the City and a United Nations entity. As part of the pact, the City will support public education and advocacy efforts organized by UN Women in the context of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, the visionary roadmap for gender equality adopted by 189 governments in 1995. The City will also join the Safe Cities Global Initiative.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Chirlane McCray, the City’s First Lady, signed the Memorandum of Understanding at UN Headquarters during the official UN commemoration of the International Day to End Violence against Women. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka welcomed New York to a worldwide partnership that includes cities in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America.

“We deeply appreciate the commitment of the City of New York to make the streets and public spaces safe for women and girls,” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka. “With this agreement, New York City demonstrates its global leadership as a champion of women’s security and gender equality. We look forward to working together in this important partnership.”

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USA: Nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men feel unsafe in their own neighborhood at night

News stories, Resources, street harassment | on November, 25, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

The results of the Gallup’s annual Crime survey, conducted Oct. 12-15, was released yesterday. More than one-third, or 37%, of U.S. adults say they would not feel safe walking alone near their home at night. Gallup says this is in line with the historical average for the question (39%), which dates back to 1965.

However, Gallup notes:

While the percentage of Americans saying they do not feel safe walking alone within a mile of their home at night has remained steady over the past decade, there has been a considerable shift in Americans’ views on this question over the past 30 years. While falling crime rates have not necessarily affected Americans’ perceptions of crime on a national level, they have been felt in neighborhoods and communities across the country.

Nonetheless, women are among the groups that feel the least safe, suggesting the benefits of falling crime rates have not been evenly felt by all. Other groups, such as the young and lower-income individuals, are also more likely to worry about their own safety.”

Indeed, nearly half of all women, 45%, said they do not feel safe walking alone at night, compared with 27% of men. Gallup also found that young adults aged 18 to 29 and individuals earning less than $30,000 annually (compared with those making at least $75,000) were most likely to feel unsafe.

Two years ago, Gallup conducted a similar survey globally and found that no matter the country – developing of developed – there was a gender gap in how safe people felt walking alone at night.

No country has achieved gender equality and no country ever will as long as more women than men feel unsafe in their own neighborhoods.

H/T Chai Shenoy

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16 Days of Activism: Day 1

16 days, street harassment | on November, 25, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Today is the International Day to End Violence against Women and the first day of The Official 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign

Our board member Layla is chalking messages to raise awareness.

You can use #16Days on Twitter and make a Twibbon for social media profiles.
How will you speak out against gender violence?

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#Ferguson and #StreetHarassment

News stories, race, street harassment | on November, 24, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Via NPR:

“A grand jury did not indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for any crimes related to the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.

Wilson, who is white, shot and killed Brown, who was unarmed and black, in an Aug. 9 incident that has stoked anger and debate in Ferguson and beyond”

Resharing this article about the connections between #Ferguson and #streetharassment on this sobering night –

“A group of women in skirts doesn’t provide the grounds for catcalling anymore than black kids hanging out on the sidewalk warrants police harassment and violence….You can’t have a true democracy if one group lives in fear of another.”

See also:

#BlackLivesMatter #NoJusticeNoPeace

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Legislators to address upskirt photos

SSH programs, street harassment | on November, 24, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Last week I co-led The OpEd Project seminar with 15 Hispanic legislators from across the country. Last Thursday, they read op-eds in breakout groups and one group read my op-ed on upskirt laws. I am thrilled that three of the group members (pictured) from New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York (go “New” states!) all immediately said they would work to amend their state’s invasion of privacy law to cover upskirt photos!! The New York legislator emailed his staff that day & they’re drafting language.

Annette Quijano (NJ), Felix Ortiz (NY) and Nora Espinoza (NM)

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#16Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Starts Tomorrow

16 days, Resources, street harassment | on November, 24, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign starts tomorrow!

This is from UNiTE!:

“The iconic Empire State Building and the United Nations building and large screens in Times Square in New York City will be lit orange! From marathons to film forums and marches, orange events have been planned around the world.

Check out stories, videos and other resources at UN Women’s website: Each day we will be looking at how violence against women impacts development in a host of areas, including poverty, environment, economy, health, conflict, education and more!

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #orangeurhood and #16days. Click here for messages and images that you can use on social media.

Orange your social media accounts! How? It’s quite simple – you can show your support and orange your Twitter and Facebook profile pictures by adding an orange Twibbon filter here:

Take action locally and use the colour orange visibly and creatively. Orange iconic buildings in your community!

We would love to hear from you, so please share your actions and photos on our Facebook event page:   

We can’t wait to orange all neighbourhoods with actions to end violence against women and girls! Let’s go!

Urjasi Rudra
Say NO – UNiTE Team, UN Women”

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