Since 2013, cohorts of people from around the world write monthly articles about street harassment and activism efforts in their communities. Read their articles. In 2017, there will be three cohorts (Jan. – April, June – Aug., Sept. – Dec.). Meet our past blog correspondents.
Meet the Blog Correspondents of the First Cohort of 2017
Libby Allnatt, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Libby is a student at Arizona State University. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, she is majoring in journalism with a focus on print. She also is minoring in psychology and women’s studies to pursue her passion for understanding human behavior and combating gender-based injustice. She has particular interest in how media messages affect gender socialization and the psychology behind gender-based violence. Libby is passionate about raising awareness of street harassment because she believes everyone has the right to walk down the street with peace of mind. Street harassment is a culmination of gender violence and objectification, and she refuses to stop talking about it. One of her main goals in life is to help young girls realize their full potential. When she’s not talking about feminism, she’s usually running, writing, doing yoga, or trying to find a cat to pet. You can follow her on Twitter @libbyallnattasu and Instagram @LibbyPaigeA.
Simona-Maria Chirciu, Bucharest, Romania
Simona-Marie is a Ph.D. Student in Political Sciences, working on a thesis on gender-based street harassment in Romania. She has a BA in Political Sciences from the Faculty of Political Sciences, NSPSPA (National School of Political Sciences and Public Administration), with a theme on Islamic Fundamentalism in Iran and Communist Ideology in China (2012) and a Master Degree in Policy, Gender and Minorities, Faculty of Political Sciences, NSPSPA, with a thesis on street harassment in Bucharest (2014). Simona’s main research interests are in gender-based street harassment, sexual violence and other forms of violence against women, gender and poverty, gender equality and equal opportunities, social justice. In the past she worked as a gender equality expert and sexual violence expert. Also, she is an activist and she organizes numerous public actions (marches, flash-mobs, protests) against sexual violence and street harassment against women. Now she is part of an working-group trying to improve by public policies the situation of young homeless people in Romania. You can find her on Facebook.
Elaine Crory, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Elaine is a part-time politics lecturer and a mother of two. Originally from rural Cavan, she studied and worked in Dublin for a decade before coming to Belfast, where she started a family and met a network of committed activists. She is director of Hollaback! Belfast, co-organises the city’s annual Reclaim the Night march, and volunteers with Belfast Feminist Network and Alliance for Choice to campaign for a broad range of women’s issues. She is passionate about community organising and activism as a way to bring intersectional feminism to life, and especially interested in street harassment as the first way in which many young people encounter sexism in their lives. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading and strategic napping.
Annabel Laughton, Gloucestershire, UK
Annabel is a passionate feminist who strives to constantly learn more about feminism, patriarchy, misogyny, racism and sexism. She is involved in campaigns for human rights, mental health, environmental issues and social justice. She is inspired by many incredible women activists, and by her friends. Her favourite quote is from Maya Angelou: “You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated”. Annabel has an honours degree in Classical Studies, a diploma in counselling, and works in Higher Education. She spends her free time running, swimming, hiking, and reading about ancient Greek epic.
Ken Rodrigo, Makati, Philippines
Ken is a teacher of international studies at a university in Manila. After law school, she traveled to Denmark and eventually studied in Malmö University in Sweden where she earned her master’s in Human Rights. Her experience in progressive countries influenced her views of society. She wishes to contribute to her home country by advocating social movement for meaningful social change. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.