Our Work

Metro outreach day, April 2015

Metro outreach day, April 2015

In addition to offering information and resources about street harassment on this website, in our book, and through talks and articles, SSH runs several programs and campaigns.

1. Stopping Companies that Trivialize Street Harassment: Street harassment is a normalized experience in our society and one contributor to that is companies that portray street harassment as a joke, compliment, or an “okay” experience. SSH runs an on-going list of offending companies and works with community members to get companies to drop ads and change offensive language. We’ve had six successes so far.

2. Correspondents Program: Ten to 15 correspondents from around the world contribute monthly articles about street harassment in their communities.  The correspondents term lasts three months.

3. Documenting Street Harassment in the United States: SSH conducted the largest nationally representative study on street harassment in the United States. To supplement the 2,000-person survey, 10 focus groups were conducted with under-represented groups. The report was released in June 2014.

4. International Anti-Street Harassment Week: Each spring, SSH organizes more thousands of people worldwide to take action against street harassment in their community during International Anti-Street Harassment Week. In 2014, there were people in 25 countries and 6 continents that took part. The next week was held from April 12-18, 2015.

5. Male Allies Information: Men must be part of the solution. We provide information about working with boys and men, bystander tips, and more. Read guest blog posts from male allies.

6. Safe Public Spaces Mentoring Program: In 2013, SSH funded and mentored this as a PILOT and worked with the leaders of projects in Afghanistan, Cameroon and Chicago, USA. From September – December 2014, we worked with six teams in India, Kenya, Nepal, Nicaragua, Serbia, and the USA.

7. Toolkits: SSH provides resources for people who want to take community action. We also offer a groundbreaking toolkit, released in Dec. 2013, called Know Your Rights: Street Harassment and the Law.

8. 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. The most recent update was a second wave of PSAs at every Metro station in spring 2015. In 2011, SSH co-led community safety audits and helped with a city march called Our Streets Too!

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