Meet the Correspondents of the Third Cohort of 2016
Alys C.R., Barcelona, Spain
Alys was born and raised in France, lived for a time in Denmark and has lived in Spain for the past seven years. She likes researching, analyzing and writing about Women’s Rights, gender bias, and intersectionalism with a special focus on sexual violence, rape, rape culture, the impact of street harassment and how the media deals with these issues. She is currently working on a new project focused on how some media participate in the revictimization of victims. The objective will be to offer an alternative by rewriting the incriminated articles. She follows the work and activities of various organisations, especially l’Aadas which provides help and support to victims of sexual violence in Barcelona. Apart from that she loves travelling, learning new languages, ballet and flamenco. You will be able to follow her and her projects in her brand new Facebook page and twitter @Alyselily.
Grace Gageby, Dublin, Ireland
Grace is a student. She writes regularly for her school newsletter and yearbook, and has been published in Inis Magazine. Grace is currently involved with the socialist feminist group ROSA (for Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism & Austerity), and their campaign for abortion rights in Ireland. Part of ROSA’s 15 point plan is to end the social ills of macho culture, and end street harassment and victim- blaming. Grace is particularly interested in intersectional feminism, and how street harassment affects teenagers. Grace is interested in understanding rape culture and how young people can fight this. She enjoys playing classical guitar and reading.
Alexandra Jurecko, Montreal, Canada
Alexandra is a freelance writer and recent graduate of Heidelberg University in Germany, where she earned a BA in South Asian Studies and English Literature. During her time at university, Alexandra started her research on the role of women’s activism in post-colonial India. Inspired by this work, she’s committed to advancing the conversation around gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment across all societies, starting with her new home in Canada. Having moved across the pond to live and work in Montreal, she now focuses on refreshing her French skills while volunteering her time to various community-outreach programs. Here, she also hopes to pursue a degree in visual journalism, so she can tell her stories in colour. Alexandra drinks a lot of coffee, listens to a lot of podcasts and loves the great outdoors. You can follow her on twitter @alexjurecko.
Suchita Kotnala, Texas, USA
Suchita was raised in western India by loving and supportive parents who helped her and her sister to grow into strong, independent and career-oriented women. She’s a registered general practitioner in India and is currently preparing to obtain medical residency in the United States. She is passionate about women’s rights especially because she has had firsthand experiences of harassment and sexist behavior at public spaces, school and work. She believes that in order for women to enjoy equal rights and opportunities, the society needs to recognize that it’s a problem first. In her spare time, Suchita loves playing scrabble, hiking in woods and baking vegan double chocolate chip cookies.
Sequoya Lajoy, Louisiana, USA
Sequoya is a Native American and Italian woman from Chicago who fell in love with New Orleans. She’s currently a Sociology Major at Loyola University New Orleans and supports her higher education habit by slinging drinks to the masses. She aspires to attain a PhD and write a best seller. She currently operates a small blog and writes weekly at and hopes to expand her writing and artistic ventures. She is undecided about law school but would like to use her knowledge and skills to bring attention to issues close to her heart such as sexual assault, racial and gender equality, domestic violence, immigration rights, indigenous rights, health care, reproductive rights, human trafficking, mass incarceration, police brutality, and addressing economic and social inequalities. Her dream job would be to do international research and make a global impact. She loves the ocean, mountains, live music, street artists, poetry, and making community and sisterhood.
Nyasha Joyce Mukuwane, Johannesburg, South Africa
Nyasha is the public awareness coordinator at the Nisaa Institute for Women’s Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, where the main goal is counselling and sheltering survivors of domestic abuse. In 2013 she facilitated a book titled; “Rising Up, Moving On: Women writing our lives,’ written by survivors of domestic violence and again facilitated a book written by young adolescent South African girls in June 2016 titled “We are those girls: writing our stories.” Both books are available to download for free from the website www.nisaa.org.za. She is passionate about advocating for women’s rights and the war of ownership of women’s bodies is a harrowing one in SA as harassment often turns violent and may lead to sexual assault.
Shawn Ray, Croatia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Iran
Shawn Ray is an avid traveler and freelance writer/photojournalist. Also a TEFL instructor, Shawn has visited over 70 countries and lived for a year or more in several foreign communities. In 2015, Shawn followed the migration of Syrian asylum seekers from Turkey through the Netherlands. A member of GoTravelBroad, (a solo-female travel support and advocacy group) Shawn is focused on creating awareness to end violence against women worldwide, through empowering women to travel without apology.
Meet the Correspondents of the Second Cohort of 2016
Shahida Arabi, NY, USA
Shahida is a summa cum laude graduate of Columbia University graduate school and is the author of four books, including The Smart Girl’s Guide to Self-Care and Becoming the Narcissist’s Nightmare, a #1 Amazon Best Seller. As a passionate advocate for survivors of abuse, sexual assault and trauma, her writing has been featured on sites like The National Domestic Violence Hotline website, Elephant Journal, Dollhouse Magazine, Thought Catalog, and the Feministing Community blog. She studied English Literature and Psychology at NYU, where she graduated summa cum laude and was President of its National Organization for Women (NOW) chapter. Her blog, Self-Care Haven, has over 1.8 million views and has been shared worldwide in all 196 countries. Her work on emotional and psychological abuse has been shared by numerous clinical psychologists, mental health practitioners, bestselling authors, and award-winning bloggers. You can follow Shahida on Twitter and join her Facebook community.
Tharunya Balan, Bangalore, India
Tharunya is an urban planner and architect with a passion for issues of social, environmental and spatial justice, including the gendered ways in which urban spaces are designed and function. As a middle-class well-educated Indian woman in a large cosmopolitan city in the subcontinent, she constantly works to expand her understanding of gender, privilege, discrimination, and systemic oppression in her country and environment. She has a particular interest in including men in conversations around women’s issues and the ideas of safety, respect, and consent. She has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she will be returning to obtain a degree in Geographic Infomations Systems Technology later this year.
Mariel DiDato, NJ, USA
Mariel is a recent college graduate, feminist, and women’s rights activist. Although she received her degree in Nutritional Sciences, she plans to pursue graduate degrees in the fields of Public Policy and Women’s Studies to turn her volunteer activism into a career. She began her activism as a confidential crisis advocate for sexual and domestic violence survivors for Rutgers University’s Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance. Since her training, she has become completely immersed into the field of women’s health and rights. Currently, she volunteers for a number of different organizations, including the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She is passionate about ending sexual violence, and is determined to see the elimination of rape culture in her lifetime. You can follow her on Twitter at @marieldidato or check out her personal blog, Fully Concentrated Feminism.
Deborah D’Orazi, NY, USA
Deborah is a recent MSW graduate who also received certification from American University’s Women and Politics Institute and Rutgers’ Center on Violence Against Women and Children. In addition to social work, Deborah is looking to pursue an MPP/MPA in order to help create policies that empower many different members of society, particularly those who are dealing with trauma. Deborah hopes to use her passion and skills to continue advocating and writing for human rights, gender and racial equity, trauma, HIV and AIDS, reproductive health and maternal care, LGBTQ issues, and economic inequality. In addition to social justice issues, Deborah is also extremely passionate about the arts (theater, writing, film, television, fine art, poetry, performance art), history, and Hamilton.
Hope Herten, IL, USA
Hope is a full-time undergraduate student studying public health and Spanish in Chicago, IL. After graduation in Spring 2017, Hope wants to return to her hometown of Cleveland, OH, and help work on outreach programs to improve the overall health of the community by focusing on minorities and high risk populations. Street harassment is intimately linked to the health of women, and as such is a serious public health issue. During her time in Chicago, Hope has participated in many protests and events trying to call awareness to women’s issues on campus and in the broader Chicago community. Her role model is Michelle Obama, a powerful woman who has devoted her life to many great causes like children’s health equity, the advancement of young women, and gender equality. If you want to keep up with Hope you can follow her on Twitter @hope_lucille or check out her public health blog.
Minying Huang, Amman, Jordan
Minying is a 19-year-old British-born Chinese student from Cambridge, England. She is studying for a BA in Spanish and Arabic at Oxford University and is currently on her Year Abroad in Amman, Jordan, where she spends far too much time gorging herself on syrupy cheese pastries, drinking copious amounts of mint tea, and trying to figure out how best to deal with street harassers. She is particularly interested in transcultural dialogue and intersectional approaches to activism, exploring the ways in which overlapping identities shape both individual and collective experiences of oppression and marginalisation. Outside of study, she likes to read, write, and draw; she has written for Your Middle East, and her poems and illustrations have been published in a number of student publications including feminist and LGBTQ+ zines. You can follow her on Twitter @minyingh.
Manish Madan, Ph.D., NJ, USA
Manish is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Stockton University where his research focuses on examining sexual harassment, gender empowerment, spousal abuse and policing issues. It is grounded in policy, international and comparative research. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. His research has appeared in International Criminal Justice Review, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Asian Journal of Criminology, and Journal of Criminal Justice and Security, and in many prominent media outlets including NY Times, India Today and The Economic Times. He was recognized with President’s Outstanding New Scholar Award by the Western Social Science Association in 2015. He frequently consults organizations on sexual harassment and gender issues. Manish earned his doctorate at Michigan State University and has Masters in Statistics, from India (Delhi) and Canada (Newfoundland). You can follow him @Prof_Madan or reach out to him at www.manishmadan.com.
Ginger Skinner, NY, USA
Ginger is a full-time reporter and long-time New Yorker with over 10 years of experience writing about health and wellness. Ginger is also a member of Brooklyn Movement Center’s No Disrespect anti-street harassment team, and is dedicated to deepening the conversations surrounding the causes of gender-based harassment and violence, and the intersections of race. She’s also a poet and essayist, currently working on a collection of poems on the impact of colorism on Black women and girls. She holds a BA from Howard University. Ginger enjoys drinking strong coffee, wearing shoes, listening to podcasts, and biking, and has an irrational fear of small talk and flying insects. Follow Ginger on Twitter at @ginger_skinner.
Turquoise A. Thomas, KS, USA
Turquoise is a 26-year-old freelance journalist, program manager at the Wichita Women’s Initiative Network, and a junior at Wichita State University. Upon graduating she plans to attend a joint Juris Doctor/Masters of Social Work Program. A California native, with a background in youth development and law enforcement, her current work focuses primarily on women, children and gender. In Fall 2015 she expanded her fieldwork and academic studies outward from California to the Midwest with the intention of expanding women’s services in underserved states such as Kansas. Turquoise is an avid public educator and presents regularly as the founder of SHERO Coalition (SHERO Co). Feel free to follow her on twitter @anthroisms or join her growing coalition.
Meet the Correspondents of the First Cohort of 2016
LB Klein, MSW, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
LB has dedicated her academic and professional career to ending gender-based violence, supporting survivors, and advancing social justice. She is currently an independent consultant based in Atlanta, GA. LB serves as a lead trainer for Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, through which she trains colleges, universities, and community organizations to implement Bringing in the Bystander®. She is also a graduate student in the Program on Gender-Based Violence within the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. Her research currently focuses on campus sexual assault and intimate partner violence prevention programs, trauma-informed organizational cultures, and compassion satisfaction. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis and a graduate certificate in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health from Drexel University. LB previously lead Emory University’s Respect Program and the St. Louis County Domestic Violence Court volunteer program. She is a board member for Jane Doe Advocacy Center and the Association of Title IX Administrators. She serves on the founding leadership council of the Campus Advocates & Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA). You can follow her on twitter @LB_Klein or on her website at http://www.lbklein.net.
Rupande Mehta, New Jersey, USA
Rupande is a writer passionate about women’s rights in India and the world. Having experienced physical and sexual violence from a very young age has made Rupande a fervent advocate of violence against women. Rupande grew up in Mumbai, India where she was consistently subject to street harassment and various cultural norms that force women to live as second class citizens. All these experiences made Rupande’s resolve stronger to campaign for equal rights for women and girls. Rupande has an MBA and is currently working towards her MPA, looking to specialize in Non Profit Management. Rupande writes for the Huffington Post and various other websites. You can find her writing on her blog at Rupande-mehta.tumblr.com or follow her on Twitter @rupandemehta. In her spare time, Rupande loves to spend time with her family, cook healthy foods and read.
Kathleen Moyer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Kathleen is a full-time graduate student studying professional and business communication. After earning her master’s degree, she hopes to pursue a career in which she’ll be able to dedicate her life to her greatest passion: social justice. As a proud feminist, Kathleen feels strongly about striving for equality in all areas of society. She is currently involved in planning initiatives to increase awareness of sexual assault, domestic violence, and other related issues through her university’s anti-sexual violence group, Explorers Against Sexual Violence. In addition to this work, she has also assisted with volunteer recruitment for Philadelphia’s 2015 March to End Rape Culture, and plans to be involved in organizing the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia’s 2016 International Women’s Day event. Some of her feminist role models include Alice Paul, Gloria Steinem, and Malala Yousafzai. Outside of her activism, Kathleen enjoys reading mystery novels, watching the Philadelphia Eagles, listening to U2, and anything involving dogs.
Kayla Parker, Washington, D.C., USA
Kayla is a sophomore acting major at Howard University and is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She is passionate about theatre arts and film and strives to use her craft to create positive societal change. In addition to focusing on school, she spends her time working on her web-series, “Black Girls R Us” that aims to uplift black women of all different shapes, sizes, and shades. For updates on episode releases, you can follow her on twitter at @TheTimidLioness.
Julia Tofan, Connecticut, USA
Julia is a student in a rural town in Connecticut. She’s passionate about gender equality and feminism and she aspires to be an activist for marginalized populations. She first became interested in human rights when recognizing the great inequality in the world. She realized that education was a powerful way to combat inequality, so she joined Givology, a nonprofit dedicated to improving access to education, as a blogger. She now also writes for Dreams That Could Be, an organization telling the stories of students facing great challenges but persevering in their education, and is excited about being a Street Harassment Correspondent. She believes raising awareness about issues and educating others is the most powerful way to make a difference, and that’s what she seeks to do. Read her blog posts on Givology and Dreams That Could Be and follow her on Twitter @Julia_Tofan!
ProChange is a group of people between 20 and 64 years of age who are active. ProChange consists of a small group of core members in a network of other activists. Their main focus is on street harassment, sexism and sexualized violence. They are opposed to all forms of exploitation which are all inter-connected.
Meet the Correspondents of the Third Cohort of 2015
Eve Aronson, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Eve is the Director of Hollaback! Amsterdam and dedicates her time to raising awareness and assessing policy on street harassment in the Netherlands and beyond. Her recent work, “Psst Schatje!: Street Harassment in Amsterdam, Online and Beyond” provides a critical analysis of the street harassment landscape in the Netherlands and explores innovative, digital solutions to the problem. Driven by a passion to bring light to human rights abuses and different forms of gender-based violence, Eve devotes her time to shedding light on and combatting street harassment and human trafficking through her non-profit work, previous work as a journalist and on- and offline activism. Originally from the U.S., Eve recently completed a dual Masters program in Women and Gender Studies in the Netherlands and in Hungary. She is an avid backpacker and lover of languages. Follow Eve on Twitter at @evearonson or learn more about her here.
Meghna Bhat, Chicago, USA
Meghna is a doctoral candidate in the Criminology, Law, and Justice program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a specialization in Gender and Women Studies. She is currently working on her dissertation, which focuses on representations of violence against women in a widely viewed form of Indian popular culture, Bollywood cinema. Having grown up in the metropolitan city of Mumbai (India) and having lived in the USA for 11 years, Meghna has witnessed and experienced gender-based oppression, including street harassment, from an early age. As a South Asian woman, these unsettling experiences motivated her to pursue this field and be an outspoken advocate for LGBTQI rights, prevention of hate crimes and discrimination, de-stigmatization of mental health taboos, and finding resources and safe spaces for survivors of gender-based violence. Meghna finds painting, walking by the lake, photography, traveling, and dance therapeutic for self-care.
Chelsea Cloud, Michigan, USA
Chelsea is a full-time sales assistant for an advertising company in West Michigan and a part-time Graphic Design student. She is proud to call herself a feminist and feels passionately about speaking up for women’s rights. In the past few years, Chelsea has developed a habit of running (and actually enjoying it sometimes.) Her experiences with street harassment while out on her runs have prompted her to advocate through writing. Her passion for writing started at a very early age, when she discovered the power of words and how even a simple poem can unite and empower. Chelsea loves otters, adventures, reading YA fiction and The Walking Dead. You can find her on twitter @LitSmitten.
Sara Conklin, Washington, DC, USA
Sara is currently living, working, and dancing her way through Washington, DC. With an apparent aversion to land-locked states, Sara has lived in Boston, Miami, San Francisco, and Jacksonville. She professionally works in fundraising events, at an organization that empowers women who face homelessness through recovery, wellness training, and housing. Feeling constantly inspired at work by the tremendous amount of strength from these women, Sara chose to write for Stop Street Harassment to encourage dialogue and to help provide a space of empowerment for anyone facing harassment. In her personal life, Sara is an avid traveler and will have touched down on 6 continents as of October 2015 and plans to play with the penguins on Antarctica sometime in the near future. She runs her own photography company (saraconklinphotography.com) and a popular website that seeks to connect the world through pictures, sarapose.com.
Larisa Cristea, Romania
Larisa is a master’s student in Marketing and Advertising, with a newly discovered passion for feminism and gender equality. She has volunteered with institutionalized youth and co-founded the “Drawing your future” NGO. She tends to consider herself a people lover and a pacifist. She has been writing fiction stories since she was 12. She loves reading good books – usually fiction, and afterwards fantasizes about the beautiful places in the books, wondering if she will ever get there. That’s why another passion she has is travelling and meeting new people. She loves to hear their stories, learn their way of thinking and acting and then, share what she’s learned with others. She feels inspired by music, feeling more confident and able to write better. She likes the little things in life, including spending quality time with good, enriching and inspiring people.
Roxana Geru, Romania
Roxana is a 21-year-old who is studying psychology. She plans to do a master’s program in Sexuality and Gender Studies. She hopes to one day work within the LGBT community, with sexual workers and/or with people who are suffering from sexuality disorders. She enjoys volunteering and traveling. She likes to fight for human rights, because she truly believes that you should not punish or bully someone just because they different from you and also, because she wants to see a safe and fair world for the next generations. She recently had the chance to study in France for a semester and then received a scholarship to study at a summer school in Denmark. This changed her thinking: she had fear when she walked down the streets in France and Denmark, but in Denmark you really should not be worried. This helped her realize how stupid it is for her as a human to be afraid.
Hannah Rose often feels like she’s floating through a slow, bright fog. In school she studied a collage of sociology, gender studies, art and writing. She has tea bags of feminism, queerness, madness, and longing steeped inside of herself. You can check her out on the collaborative artistic poetic sound project HotBox Utopia. Hannah will be writing from Tucson, Arizona and Lewiston, Maine (US) as she transitions from the Southwest to the Northeast for a career in sexual violence prevention and advocacy at the college level.
Marinella is a freelance journalist/writer, feminist activist, and soon-to-be administrative law student. Her feminist work is mostly oriented on sexual and reproductive health and rights and she is enrolled in the Women Deliver Young Leaders program. Marinella writes for Croatian portal on gender, sex and democracy called Libela.org and covers CEE stories for globalvoicesonline.org. Her favourite pastime is reading and discussing the essence of life with her eight-year-old daughter. Feel free to follow her on Twitter @mmatejci.
Smriti RDN Neupane, Nepal
Smriti is a feminist who dreams of a world filled with love, kindness and justice. She wishes that the world were a home without any boundaries. She is an optimist and believes that every little thing we do matters. She coordinated Safe cities campaign in Nepal with a team of feminist activists of various organisations, networks and community groups from 2011 to 2014 and is still voluntarily engaged with it. She has been a part of the multi country research team pertaining to women’s engagement in unpaid care work. She advocates for recognition, reduction and redistribution of work burden of women to increase women’s representation at all levels. She is currently engaged in an action research and advocacy on women’s leadership in climate change adaptation focusing on women’s time use. Doing workshops and facilitating training with women and girls on women’s rights issues gives her energy and the drive to work on. She also believes that children and youth are the agents of change that we want to see in our world and engages with them whenever she gets an opportunity. She loves to read and write and has a blog which she intends to make active.
Sara Rigon, Italy
Sara is a registered General Practitioner in Italy and New Zealand; she also collaborates with NGOs that offer medical health care to migrants. A women’s right activist, she is the founder and current lead of the newly established Equally Different group within the European Junior General Practitioners Organization, the Vasco da Gama Movement, branch of the World Organization of Family Doctors. The VdGM Equally Different group tackles gender inequalities in everyday life. We fight conventional stereotypes and gender roles as built-in components of our culture and foundation of prejudice as well as gender violence. The group also collaborates with the VdGM Violence Against Women group to raise awareness on this tragic epidemic phenomenon. When she is not working Sara enjoys making and eating pizza, travelling and twitting @rgn_sr.
Tracey Wise, London, UK
Born and raised in London, Tracey is a graduate of City University. She has spent the best part of her life at gigs and festivals and obsessing about music. She considers herself outside of work, best described as alternative. Alongside this, she is politically aware. After a recent trip to a gig that ended with an act of sexual harassment, it seemed natural to combine her love of music with her political awareness. From this, she created the “Safe Gigs for Women” project. Currently based in London, but with plans to expand, her aims are threefold: Firstly, talking to venues to support them in making changes towards safer environments and taking complaints of sexual harassment seriously. Secondly, challenging prevailing attitudes of gig goers. Lastly, getting bands and artists talking about our work, in the hope it provokes wider debate.
Meet the Correspondents of the Second Cohort of 2015
Melissa Brand, USA
Melissa is a recent graduate from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago where she majored in Communication, Media and Theatre with a minor in journalism. Her honors thesis, The Gendered Newsroom, discussed the treatment of women in newsrooms with a detailed history and comparison to a popular television program to show that gender discrimination is still rampant in the newsroom. She has volunteered for several local agencies that help fight human trafficking in Chicago and throughout the states. Melissa spent a semester abroad in Ireland and traveled to London, Paris and Rome where she witnessed street harassment first hand. Melissa is a freelance writer who loves traveling, music and trying new food. You can follow Melissa on Twitter @LissAhh.
Emma Rachel Deane, UK
Emma is a London-based retail manager for a fast growing women’s lifestyle brand. She is an outspoken advocate for women’s social justice issues with a focus on reproductive rights, sex education and fair media representation. During her time campaigning with organisations including No More Page 3, Stonewall and Abortion Support Network she has developed a passion for direct activism including various forms of protest and petitioning. Emma is also keen to recognise the impact wider economic issues in Britain are currently having on women and adds her voice to The People’s Assembly, an organisation focused on ending the government imposed welfare cuts which have disproportionately affected women in their jobs, welfare payments and public services. A firm believer that knowledge is power, Emma will begin using her spare time in October of this year to study English Literature & Creative Writing at degree level in order to further her understanding of influencing societal change through the written word. She can be found blogging on Raging Hag or tweeting @emmaracheldeane.
Ruth Mair, UK
Ruth is a 23 year old human rights MA student, and only got “into” feminism when she was around 19, through Tumblr of all places, which she still uses as a way of staying informed and re-blogging cat gifs. She has volunteered with a number of charities over the years, including contributing to research in Galop’s Hate Crime Report for 2014, and has had the opportunity to meet a huge number and variety of people, and keep herself informed and active in the field of campaigning and human rights through this. Currently she is a Girl Guide volunteer, helping 11-14 year old girls learn about community, individuality and independence, as well as being involved with a homelessness charity whilst finishing her MA dissertation on the legal and normative rights of terror suspects in the UK (spoiler alert: rights are being violated). She also plays bass in a band called Kinshot, sews as often as she can, and spends time getting annoyed at the cat sleeping on top of her computer.
Luiza is a 20-year-old from Brazil who considers herself a citizen of the world. As a teenager she moved to Singapore and now she studies International Business in France. Having grown up traveling and having lived across the globe has been an eye-opening experience; she has had the chance to see the role and behavior of women in the society of different cultures as well as better understand the importance of women’s rights. Although she considers herself blessed for such opportunity, it has saddened her to see that street harassment is a constant struggle regardless of country, culture, and race. This has encouraged her to find her voice and raise awareness about the importance of this issue. In spite of having very little practice with writing outside of school, she feels lucky to have been given a platform that will allow me to make a difference.
Liz Merino, USA
Liz is a recent graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Arts Journalism degree. She is currently a staff writer for a marketing agency in Boston. Throughout her college career, Liz was an outspoken advocate for social issues such as harassment, relationship violence and sexual assault. Using her editor positions within the college newspaper and magazines, her published work has highlighted the growing need for combating sexual assaults, street harassment and other issues women face today. Writing, giving a voice to those that in the moment can’t find their own, has always been her greatest passion. She has always believed in the power of words to change the world. In her free time, Liz enjoys creative writing, drinking copious amounts of coffee, reading and soaking in the sunshine. Follow her on Twitter @slizmerino and Instagram @elizabethmerino93.
Michelle Marie Ryder, USA
Michelle is a freelance writer and community activist. She holds a Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Postcolonial Studies from The Evergreen State College. Passionate about social justice and equality, Michelle is currently doing anti-poverty work in Washington State. She’ll be studying Arabic at Middlebury Language School this summer and traveling to Belfast in 2015 in search of an affordable postgraduate degree. Michelle has written for Infita7.com, Bluestockings Magazine, and The New Verse News on a range of social justice issues, and shares her poetry regularly at poetrywho.blogspot.com.
Rebecca Smyth, Spain
Rebecca is currently living, working and stumbling through ballet classes in Barcelona. Originally from Kilkenny, she has a degree in European Studies and a Master’s in Gender and Women’s Studies from Trinity College Dublin, and will be setting up shop in Edinburgh come September to do an LLM in Human Rights Law. She has volunteered with EIL Ireland, Trócaire and the National Women’s Council of Ireland, and is about to start working on a project in the gender equality department of Oxfam Intermón. As part of her degree and Master’s she’s learned and written about issues of gender and inequality from Renaissance Florence to Guatemala, pop culture to reproductive rights, and street harassment in all its ugly forms. A great big stonking feminist and ally, she’s a firm believer in the absolute necessity of an intersectional approach to tackling inequality. She loves music, reading, dancing, sloths, dogs, meerkats, Bob’s Burgers and The Good Wife.
Julka Szymańska, the Netherlands
Julka is a 25-year-old feminist activist and soon-to-be Cultural Science student with a generous amount of life experiences -including street harassment – and even more passion for social justice. After an adventurous and rebellious time as a FEMEN Sextremist, she now has her teeth sunk into the struggle against commercial sexual exploitation and refuses to let go. Other causes she feels strongly about include women’s liberation, LGBT rights, vegetarianism & veganism, peaceful class warfare, anti-homelessness activism and generally a more fair world for all. To blow off steam from all these issues she enjoys making people smile with her music, accompanied by her upright bass Violetta, hitchhiking, indulging in geeky fiction and spending quality time with her lovely friends.
Laura Voth, USA
Laura is an emerging adult-slash-college student studying to enter a healthcare profession. She hails from the very middle of the USA. In addition to studying and writing, Laura works at her university’s women’s center where she helps design and implement programs on all things lady. She is particularly interested in exploring issues women face in their professional lives, educating others on the meaning of consent, and working to make public spaces in her community safe for women. She joined Stop Street Harassment as a blogger to not only share her own stories, but to encourage others to do the same. Laura spends her free time trying to find the perfect cookie recipe, reading (she’s not too picky when it comes to genre), and meowing back at her cats.
Shyeta Williams, USA
Shyeta discovered her voice loud and clear amid the redwoods and fog at UC Santa Cruz, where she earned her BA in Politics. She’s currently enjoying the sound her pen makes against the wind chill in Oakland, CA. Her writing and poetry are typically feminist focused, but she also covers culture, identity, and art. Shyeta is finding her wings in the writing world and searching for the perfect interdisciplinary MA program, while blogging and free-styling prose till her fingers no longer hope for better poems.
Meet the Correspondents of the First Cohort of 2015
Tara is loving life in the big city after moving to Canberra 12 months ago. She holds a BA/LLB(Hons) from the University of Newcastle and majored in Linguistics and French before finishing off her law studies. She currently works with AWAVA (the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance) indulging her love of social media. Her main areas of interest are violence against women and violence against children, specifically sexual violence. You can find her on Twitter as @angelbird72 or @Tash_Because or being silly as one half of the ‘slice-of-life’ podcast Heaps Funny But.
Tyler Bradley, Michigan, USA
Tyler is a senior majoring in graphic design at Saginaw Valley State University and plans to undertake a graduate program in higher education in the fall. Tyler’s preferred pronouns are they/them/their, but is comfortable with masculine pronouns as well. Tyler launched an “I, Too, Am Saginaw Valley” campaign to educate the campus community about microaggressions and privilege. They currently serve on executive boards for the college campus’s two gender and sexuality organizations, as well as on boards for several other on-campus organizations. Tyler has a passion for exploring inequities among minority populations, the role of allies in social justice movements, and intersectionality. Tyler aims to bring conversations about inequity into the daily lives of average individuals. When not working on academics, social justice, or other campus involvements, Tyler can be found spending time with his residents in his role as a resident assistant. Follow Tyler on Twitter, @MysteriousLuigi
Simona-Maria Chirciu, Bucharest, Romania
Simona, a fearless and proud feminist activist, is the Vice President of a feminist NGO – FILIA Center. She works as a gender expert on sexual violence against women and is also a mentor for 12 amazing volunteers of FILIA Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and recently completed a Master of Gender, Politics and Minorities at the National School of Political and Administrative Sciences, with her dissertation on “Street harassment in Bucharest. Case Studies.” Now she’s a PhD student in Political Sciences, working on a thesis on street harassment in Bucharest, a follow-up of her dissertation. Simona began dealing with street harassment at a young age and she is determined to fight against it and against other forms of gender-based violence, discrimination and gender inequality. On 19th October 2014 she organized the first Solidarity March against Street Harassment in Bucharest and she is planning to make this issue more public. Simona loves animals & nature, books, volunteering, cooking and traveling. Her favourite motto is “How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to create the world she wants, rather than to create it herself” – Anais Nin. You can follow her on Facebook.
Catarina Demony, London, UK
Catarina is the founder of The Voiceless, a media platform focusing on human rights violations, and recently graduated from Kingston University London with a Journalism degree. She has previously worked as a Communications Coordinator at London School of Economics Students’ Union, as well as University of the Arts. Catarina also works closely with Amnesty LDN and is a Youth Advocate at Index on Censorship.
June Eric-Udorie, Brighton, UK
June is a 16-year-old teen feminist activist and blogger. She campaigns on ending FGM with young people’s charity, Integrate Bristol. She’s also an advisor and ambassador for global children’s charity Plan UK and she sits on their board of trustees as a Young Trustee. She can often be found ranting, talking about vaginas and smashing patriarchy on her blog letstalkvaginas.wordpress.com or on Twitter @juneericudorie.
Madison Ford, Texas, USA
Madison is a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Texas at Austin studying literature and sociology. Her own experiences with street harassment began during her first year of college and ever since she has become passionate about gender equality, ending violence against women, and achieving social, political, and economic justice for all. Currently, she is working on her undergraduate honors thesis which will survey university students in Austin, TX about their experiences with street harassment, sexual violence, and fear of crime on campus. Previously, Madison has conducted research over race, violence, and the media and has had some of her creative poems published in Hothouse Literary Journal, of the UT Department of English. Although the future is uncertain at the end of her undergraduate career, Madison hopes to continue fighting against street harassment and for social justice wherever she may go next. Follow her on Twitter, @madiford222.
Emily Gillingham, Washington, DC, USA
Emily is a 3L at Michigan State University College of Law, and the president of her school’s chapter of LSRJ. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Women’s & Gender Studies from Eastern Michigan University. During law school, she has been lucky enough to work as a research assistant for Professor Hannah Brenner, whose work focuses on issues of gender and the law; advocate for women while interning at the PPO project of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland; and volunteer at End Violent Encounters, Inc., a women’s shelter. Her areas of concentration in law are employment law, family law, reproductive rights, and sex workers’ rights. She’s taking the Maryland Bar Exam in July and hopes to practice in Maryland or DC. Follow her on Twitter @emgillingham.
Lea Goelnitz, Berlin, Germany
Lea works in journalism and women´s rights. She writes about gender and development issues and is involved in the women´s rights NGO Discover Football, which uses football as a tool for empowerment and gender equality. Currently based in Berlin, she worked in India on women´s rights and in Uganda on Menstrual Health Management before. She studied political science and human rights in the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Scotland. Follow her on Twitter, @LeaGoelnitz.
Juliana Guarany, Brazil
Juliana is a fellow from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and, together with Hamburg University, in Germany, is creating a digital campaign to connect all feminist initiatives around the globe. She was a feminist all her life, but a very recent activist. After two years living in Europe for her Master’s degree in Journalism, Media and Globalisation from Aarhus University and Hamburg University, she returned to her native São Paulo and decided she wouldn’t take any more street harassment quietly. The impact of living under such a sexist mindset was so strong that she soon realized it was just impossible not to act. Returning to Germany, she compares how both countries are dealing with the gender gap. Find out more about her project on violence against women in her blog Whistleblower and follow her on Twitter, @juguarany
Aakriti Karki, Nepal
Aakriti was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently, she is a student at Jalalabad Ragib Rabeya Medical College, Sylhet, Bangladesh. She is pursuing a degree in Medicine and General Surgery. She is a member at Women LEAD Nepal – the only leadership development organisation for young women in Nepal. She’s also worked with Hollaback! Kathmandu. As a member of these organisations, she’s had the opportunity to actively participate in the recent #orangeurhood and #16daysofactivism campaigns. She’s visited schools and colleges to provide workshops about street harassment and conducted self defence classes for UNHCR Nepal. She is a freelance writer who likes writing about social issues related to the youth. You can follow her on Twitter @karki_aakriti or Facebook.
LB Klein, Georgia, USA
LB has dedicated her professional and academic career to engaging communities to end violence, support survivors, and advance social justice.She is based in Atlanta, GA. LB is currently a graduate student in the Program on Gender-Based Violence at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. She also works as an educator/consultant and a Lead Trainer for Prevention Innovations: Research and Practice for Ending Violence on Campus, a research unit at the University of New Hampshire. She received her BA and MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and previously directed the Emory University Respect Program and the Domestic Violence Court of Saint Louis County’s volunteer advocate program. LB is also passionate about intersectional feminism, reducing activist burnout and fostering sustainable movements, dystopian science fiction, yoga, pedagogy, holistic wellbeing, LGBTQ health, mindfulness, travel, and enjoying a good meal with even better company. You can follow her on Twitter at @LB_Klein and on LinkedIn.
Dylan Jane Manderlink, Arkansas, USA
Dylan is a recent graduate of Emerson College where she self-designed her own major that encompassed her passions for social justice, theatre, education, and activism, entitled Investigative Theatre for Social Change. Dylan’s passion for activism – specifically in regards to women’s rights and female empowerment – grew while serving as her professional & philanthropic sorority’s Vice President and President during her junior and senior year. While in Boston, Dylan looked for opportunities where she could be a part of making a positive and lasting impact in her community through volunteerism, youth mentorship, community organizing, and the arts. Her previous internships include, Green Corps Field School for Environmental Organizing, Pine Street Inn homeless shelter, Community Works (a social justice fundraising cooperative), Year Up, and Liberty in North Korea. Since graduating, Dylan has relocated from Boston to Arkansas to be a high school teacher where she teaches 8th, 10th, and 11th grade Digital Communications and Audio/Visual Technology. Aside from teaching, she is a frequent blogger for a few nonprofits, regular animal shelter volunteer, and member of a local chapter of AAUW. You can keep up with her quirky adventures and passion for social change and community service by visiting her personal blog and keeping up with her on Twitter @DylanManderlink.
Linnet Nyawira Mwangi, Kisumu, Kenya
Linnet is a student at Maseno University in Kisumu, Kenya pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sociology with IT. She is a member of the “I Choose Life Africa- Maseno University” which deals with HIV prevention in and around the university. She is passionate about the empowerment of the girl child and women as well as youth mentorship and empowerment. During her free time she writes articles relating to human rights, especially on social issues such as gender-based violence and rape. She also writes on issues that enlighten individuals on various aspects of life at her blog nyawiramwangi.wordpress.com. She also enjoys doing charity work, surfing, and working with institutions that promote human dignity and make life better life better in the society. Follow her on Twitter @Shantel_lyn and Facebook @lynnette Shantellah
Dena serves as the Associate Director of Education and Training at Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is a recent graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, where her research focused on teacher preparedness to address bullying in the middle school setting. Her work and research are unified by the theme of empowering others and confronting and interrupting multiple forms of violence and injustice. Previously, Dena served as a middle school teacher in her native Bronx, and during summers off from teaching, she worked with Family Care International on maternal health initiatives and served as a consultant at the Directorate of Gender Affairs in Antigua to provide better health services for Dominican sex workers. Dena is a 2013 Phillips Exeter Academy Dissertation Fellow, 2004 Harry S. Truman Scholar, 2005 Fulbright Fellow, 2010 Education Pioneer Fellow, and 2010 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. She has published on teaching and bullying for several blogs and outlets and spoken on college campuses, academic conferences, and at two TEDx events. She has also been profiled for her teaching and activism in a Beacon Press Book, Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists and in the AOL/PBS project called MAKERS: Women Who Make America. Follow her on Twitter @denasimmons.
Alicia Wallace, Nassau, Bahamas
Alicia is a freelance writer and public educator in Nassau, Bahamas. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from St. Mary’s University, Nova Scotia. Alicia’s interest in social justice was ignited while working as a live-in for at-risk youth. Passionate about youth advocacy, women’s rights, and issues of gender, she is the Director of Hollaback! Bahamas – part of a global movement to end street harassment. She is also Youth Ambassador to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (Bahamas) and co-founder of Coalition to End Gender-based Violence & Discrimination. She is committed to partnering with other members of civic society to use the written word, visual and performing arts, and open forums to educate and engage the public as a catalyst for social change. She enjoys reading, writing, cycling, baking, eating cupcakes, huge cups of tea, and penpalling. You can connect with her on Twitter (@_AliciaAudrey and on her blog.
Meet the 2014 and 2013 Blog Correspondents.
Meet the 15 Correspondents of the Third 2014 Cohort
Katie Bowers, NY, USA
Katie is a social worker and community educator interested in ending gender-based violence, working with youth to make the world a better place, and using pop culture as a tool for social change. Katie holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.S.W. from Hunter College. Katie found her footing as a feminist and activist through her work as a Student Area Coordinator with Amnesty International and as an intern with Girls for Gender Equity and Make the Road New York. When not working with in real life young people at her professional gig, Katie volunteers with the Harry Potter Alliance, an organization that utilizes the power of the internet and popular stories like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games to make activism accessible and engaging. Check out her writing at the Imagine Better Blog and geek out with her on Twitter, @CornishPixie9.
Daniel Burdick, CA, USA
Daniel remains a longtime activist for peace, the environment, and social equality. During his otherwise unremarkable childhood, he experienced firsthand the profound effects public harassment made on his friends and family. While the alternatives of the late 1960’s were being explored, the rebellious although impressionable teen stumbled upon early feminist literature; resulting in his adoption of its core philosophies. An active participant in the 1980’s “Myth California USA” movement ( a counterpoint to the national beauty pageant in Santa Cruz, California), he soon embraced a lifetime commitment with a Women’s Studies UC graduate. Daniel is also the parent of two independent, high-achieving female offspring; and continues to offer creative strategies in transportation and recycling issues regarding climate change, wildlife preservation, and the social ethics of media and technology. He currently works as a design engineer and is an avid bicyclist.
Laura Bustamante, Lima, Peru
Laura ha estudiado Administración en Turismo en Universidades de Perú y Barcelona, y Estudios de Género en la ONG Flora Tristán. Orgullosa feminista que le encanta escribir, viajar y comer, con un gran interés en activismo para igualdad de género, mujer y la comunidad LGTB. Actualmente realiza un taller con niños y niñas en una escuela pública para que se comprometan con la igualdad entre mujeres y hombres, asimismo rechacen toda forma de violencia, discriminación y/o desvalorización de la mujer/niña. Apasionada al arte, la danza y el diseño. La puedes seguir en Twitter en @laeureka
Laura has studied Tourism Management in Universities of Peru and Barcelona, and Gender Studies at the NGO Flora Tristan. A proud feminist who loves to write, traveling and food, with a strong interest in activism for gender equality, women and LGBTcommunity. She is currently conducting a workshop with children in a public school to commit them on gender equality by rejecting all forms of violence, discrimination and devaluation of women and girl. She is passionate about art, dance and design. You can follow her on Twitter at @laeureka
Sarah Colomé, IL, USA
Sarah is a progress-focused educator and advocate dedicated to building strategic coalitions centered on creating social change. Previously serving as the SOARS Booking Director for A Long Walk Home, Inc., Sarah now serves as an adjunct professor in DePaul University’s Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies department, teaching on issues of multiculturalism, identity, and social justice. Her passion for feminism and multicultural justice was ignited in college, where she began her own exploration of identity. Sarah sits on the Board of Directors for Chicago Women’s Health Center, and volunteers as a Medical & Legal Advocate empowering sexual violence survivors on behalf of Rape Victim Advocates, in Chicago. Having traveled both nationally and internationally as a competitive collegiate public speaker, Sarah acts as a consultant, coaching collegiate debate, and providing trainings on issues of equity, justice, and advocacy across the country. Her writing has been published in Fair Observer, F Bomb, and Brazen Life, and you can follow Sarah’s updates on Linkedin or hear her perspectives on Twitter.
Vanessa Diakides, London, England
Vanessa works on the Youth Programme at FORWARD UK and is currently finishing her MA in Women and Child Abuse at CWASU. Her professional interests and experience include supporting women and youth to access education and employment opportunities, direct support work with women experiencing homelessness, substance misuse issues, forms of gendered abuse (including sexual violence, domestic violence and FGM) and those involved in street sex work, research into issues affecting BAMER women and youth, intersectionality between gender, race, disability and religion; and campaigning, lobbying and outreach. She is committed to promoting inclusion and combating poverty and discrimination in all its forms. All views are her own.
Angie Evans, Washington, DC, USA
Angie is a community organizer and social worker. She started her career in the progressive movement during her teens, coordinating punk rock shows and community events in order to create space for youth in her small town. After completing her Masters in Social Work and “getting her feet wet” in Missouri politics, she moved to DC to work on health care reform and economic inequality. At the Center for Community Change she did everything from fill congressional hearings with bales of hay to train new organizers in the South. Most recently she helped grow and mobilize a coalition of 1,900 national, state, and local groups advocating for low-income programs with the Coalition on Human Needs. Last year she quit her job to travel around the world with her husband. They have just returned and are continuing to write about travel and adventure at http://whereisseangie.com
Menusha Gunasekara, Matale, Sri Lanka
Menusha is a recent graduate of Asian University for Women, Bangladesh and holds a B.S in Public Health. She is an advocate for Peace and Human Rights, Women Issues and Environmental Protection. She is also an ambassador for UN My World Survey and a Rising Star at WEDU leadership development program. Recent chaotic incident of street harassment in Sri Lanka inspired her to join SSH and play an active role. By joining SSH, her goal is to educate and raise awareness about the harassment that takes place on the streets of Sri Lanka which has been tolerated by women silently. She enjoys yoga, meditation and walking in green areas and tasting dishes from different cultures. She can be reached via LinkedIn.
Andrea Flores Hernández, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Andrea is in her second year of university, studying Social Communication. She loves languages (She is currently studying French at L’Alliance Française in Santa Cruz), she is into photography, and she is passionate about the books. Like many other women, she has suffered street harassment, even in the street where her house is located; but that does not stop her optimism and her belief that this type of harassment can be eliminated. Currently, she is part of a program in her city that improves citizen journalism. You can follow her on Twitter: @AndreaFlores116
Diana Hinova, Sofia, Bulgaria
Diana has experienced life as a woman on the streets of Bulgaria, Russia, the Untied States, and Nepal. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University and works as a consultant to INGOs on topics generally unrelated to gender, while making efforts in her spare time to engage others in dismantling the norms that permit gender violence. Traveling and eating well also rank among her priorities. Get in touch or see what else Diana is up to @dialeidoscope or letnimletni.blogspot.com
Monica Ibrahim, Cairo, Egypt
Monica is the communications manager of HarassMap, an Egyptian initiative aiming at ending social acceptability of sexual harassment. Monica is also a Cairo-based reporter published in several local and international media outlets: The GlobalPost, Scripps Howard Wire and Al-Shorouk newspaper among others. She is also the winner of GroundTruth Fellowship to report on youth unemployment in Egypt and has been previously community manager at “Open Elections Egypt”, a news platform launched by Stpryful and Google to provide live updates on Egyptian elections in 2014. Monica has a degree in Mass communication and journalism from Cairo University; she also studied human rights at Beirut Arab University and Women Leadership at Kansas University. She has a special interest and focus on entrepreneurship and culture. You can follow her on twitter or her personal blog.
Porsha King, California, USA
Porsha is an independently contracted paralegal, specializing in civil matters, including but not limited to: women’s rights, tenants rights, police misconduct and civil liberties. She advocates for local poor and homeless people who get unfair treatment, and/ or harassment from local (law enforcement) agencies. She volunteers at a local Salvation Army and at the San Diego’s Women’s Resource Fair for the past two years. She acquired her A.S. Paralegal Studies from Kelsey Jenney College with Dean’s List accreditation. After experiencing what she found out to be Street Harassment, she decided to work on establishing a local ordinance that will punish offenders with fines and or custody/ community service. Her plans include a opening a Family Justice Center for domestic violence victims, and bringing more awareness to the street harassment cause. She also has a podcast: blogtalkradio.com/porshakingshow
Facebook/ gmail/ Twitter: @porshakingshow | Paralegal Info: Facebook/ Twitter: @FTRLegal Gmail: fortherecordlegal
Ngwentah Berlyne Ngwalem, Buea, Cameroon
Berlyne is a Cameroonian-based women’s human rights activist, passionate and determined to put an end to social injustice of any kind. She has been an activist long before she came to know who an activist was and what activism really means. She has a BA in Literature, English Language, Performing and visual arts from the University of Buea, Cameroon. She talks about women’s rights, social injustice, and the importance of emotional wellbeing at any given opportunity. Her method of activism is very spontaneous and has no specific place or time to create change. She adores social media activism because it gives her the opportunity to get people’s point of views from across the globe and equally share what it is like living as a Cameroon woman living in a patriarchal Cameroonian society. She loves singing, spending time with her family or chilling at the beach. You can find her on twitter @Luvequalityrule and Facebook.
Yvonne Ní Mhurchú, Limerick, Ireland
Yvonne graduated last year with a BA degree in psychology and philosophy. She volunteers as a SATU (psychological support) worker for her local Rape Crisis Centre and is an advocate for women’s issues and equality. Her belief is that education is hugely important in fighting inequality, harassment and sexual violence. She has previously been published on stop street harassment, ihollaback and is a regular contributor to the website fem2pt0. This year Yvonne started a feminist group, the Limerick Feminist Network which is growing stronger every day. She has also recently coordinated an anti-harassment campaign aimed at night life venues in her area called Good Night Out and is currently working with other feminist groups to help them start the campaign in their regions. You can follow her, her feminist group or her anti-harassment campaign on twitter: @YvonneNiMhurchu, @lmkfeminist and @GNOLimerick.
Khiara Ortiz, NY, USA
Khiara is a recent graduate of New York University with a BAS in Journalism and Psychology. Though she currently works as an assistant in the contracts department for Hachette Book Group, a publishing company, and is passionate about writing, language, and literature, she has increasingly become interested in the feminist movement, specifically in ending street harassment. Living in New York City and experiencing this type of sexual oppression first-hand has made her become aware of the degree to which it is still a problem in societies across the world and just as much of a crisis as heightened forms of sexual violence. Khiara hopes to organize an awareness event during next year’s Sexual Harassment Awareness Month in April 2015. If you also live in NYC and would like to collaborate with her, please feel free to contact her at KhiaraOrtiz@gmail.com.
Pamela Segura, NY, USA
Pam recently graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in English and music. She writes for SciArt in America, an online magazine that focuses on the connections between science, art, and technology, and the music website Pancakes and Whiskey. Before her senior year of college, Pam completed a 117-page grant-funded research paper on the relationship between gender performativity and sexual violence. That project compelled her to continue exploring the social, political, racial, ethnic, and biological factors that construct and deconstruct gender. She is also a volunteer at Groundwork Hudson Valley, an environmentalist nonprofit based in Yonkers, New York. When she is not rambling on about her love of feminism or the English department at her alma mater, Pam writes nature poetry, goes on runs, and plays the blues on her guitar. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter @pamlivinlovin.
Siel, London, England
Siel is currently doing her master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies with a major in contemporary Islam at SOAS University in London. She has spent a year in the Middle East to study Arabic and to gain insight in the Islamic society, and where she experienced the reality of street harassment in the Arab world. In addition to trying to fight gender issues in the Middle East and beyond, she writes her own fashion blog Mademoisielle.com, and she’s also starting up an online fashion, lifestyle & relationships magazine for muslim women. If she still has some spare time left, Siel likes SATC re-runs, the occasional pilates session or cooking up anything that involves avocado. Find her on twitter and instagram under @mademoisielle for way too many selfies and general over-sharing.
Meet the 10 Correspondents of the Second 2014 Cohort
Lorna M. Hartman, Spokane, WA, USA
Lorna has studied and written about rape and interpersonal violence since she was a teenager. In the 1990s she spent a year in Thailand as a teacher. She will never forget some of the things she experienced and saw Thai women experience that year. She has a bachelor’s in journalism, and this past June she graduated with a second bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies, taking classes in journalism, computer programming and design. She is raising three young, kindhearted male allies. In between babies she served on the local rape hotline, answering calls and driving to emergency rooms to advocate for victims and connect them with resources they needed. She likes singing and playing music, traveling, and constantly learning new professional skills. Her favorite dessert is sticky rice with mango and coconut milk.
Kasumi Hirokawa, State College, PA, USA
Kasumi is a recent graduate from Penn State with a BA in journalism. Her writing has been published in Valley Magazine, City Weekend Shanghai, Penn State GeoBlog and Shanghai Daily. Kasumi speaks Japanese, English, Mandarin and Shanghainese. She has lived in Japan, China and the United States and visited many more including Morocco, UK and Thailand. She is obsessed with everything Mediterranean and Maghrebi. Her life goal is to visit every single country in the world and perhaps acquire a new language. In her spare time, she can be found either curling up with books, experimenting on a new recipe, hanging out with fellow feminists or belly dancing. You can follow her on Twitter, @kasumihrkw
Kirstin Kelley, Monterey, CA, USA
Kirstin is a Master’s Student in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a news editor at the Women’s International Perspective (The WIP). She discovered her passion for feminism while studying Psychology and Sociology and Anthropology at Green Mountain College. Kirstin has been a human rights and environmental activist since early childhood. Her research focuses on how otherwise normal people can treat others inhumanely, with a focus on stereotypes. Now she is most interested in how ecofeminism can pave the way to a better world, transactional feminism, and deep ecology. You can follower her on Twitter at @KirstinKelley1, where she regularly posts about human rights issues around the world.
Jessie Koerner, Denver, Colorado, USA
Jessie is a longtime human rights activist with a feminist focus. She’s been involved with multiple organizations, including founding the Amnesty International chapter at her undergrad, being an active participant in JustWorld International, and managing the social media accounts for the Global Women’s Network and winnovating.com, where she also blogs. In addition, Jessie will also be part of the Hollaback! fall class, and starting a chapter of the anti-street harassment group in Denver in late 2014. With an M.A. in Global Health and International Security, she’s committed to making this world a better place. Jessie is also an expert in cheap red wine, Pinterest crafts, and over-sharing on Twitter. Find her @pearlsandspurs there and on Instagram, or at pearlsandspurs.com, where she swears she’s going to start writing more.
Cristina del Mar Quiles, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Cristina es una periodista y productora de noticias de San Juan, Puerto Rico. Posee un bachillerato de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, donde también completa su maestría en Consejería. Ha trabajado como reportera para medios impresos y digitales. Actualmente, es una de las productoras de Hoy en las Noticias de Radio Universidad de Puerto Rico. Su interés en luchar contra el acoso callejero comenzó durante sus años como estudiante universitaria, cuando lo sufrió, más que nunca, mientras caminaba desde su hospedaje hasta el campus. Le apasionan los temas relacionados con la justa representación de la mujer en los medios, la alfabetización mediática y la educación. Además, disfruta de viajar y de la jardinería. Cree en un Puerto Rico y en una sociedad entera libre de prejuicios, donde las oportunidades sean accesibles para todas las personas, sin importar su clase, raza o género. Puedes seguirla en Twitter en @cristinadelmarq
Cristina is a journalist and a radio producer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and is finishing her Master’s in Counseling, both from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. She’s worked as a reporter for print and web media and now she is news producer at Radio Universidad de Puerto Rico. Her interest in fighting sexual and street harassment started through personal experience as a student living at one of the main urban areas in San Juan, where she walked everyday from home to college campus. She’s passionate about the equal representation of women in media, education, media literacy, storytelling, traveling and gardening. She envisions a Puerto Rico and an entire society where opportunities are available for everyone, despite the class, race or gender. Follow her on Twitter @cristinadelmarq
Brittany Oliver, Baltimore, MD, USA
Brittany is a graduate of Towson University and holds a B.S in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. She is an advocate and thought leader for civic and societal issues related to feminism and social justice. Brittany works in the non-profit sector and supports local anti-street harassment advocacy through Hollaback! Baltimore. Most recently, her portrait was featured in Baltimore’s first mural for StopTelling Women To Smile, a public art project that addresses gender based street harassment for women. Her goal in writing for SSH is to educate people about harassment that takes place on the streets of Baltimore. Her offline activities include arts & crafts, photography, and attending local community events. Visit her blog: btiarao.wordpress.com and follow her on Twitter: @btiarao.
Dearbhla Quinn, Dublin, Ireland and Brussels, Belgium
Dearbhla (pronounced Der-vla) loves the four ‘Fs’ -Food, film, fiction and feminism. She graduated from BESS (Business and Sociology), in Trinity College Dublin, last year. Since then she’s been deciding what to do with her life, and that journey has brought her to Brussels, Belgium where she is in the midst of a think-tank internship working in the areas of gender, equality and employment. On the weekends she’s a tour guide and enthusiastic wine and Belgian beer drinker. She’s decided to combine here love of books and feminism into the novel idea of, during June, reading exclusively women authors. Feel free to join #WomenAuthorMonth and tweet your experience. You can find her discussing her life, politics and the four F’s on Twitter @imoshedinheels and her blogs. Au Revoir!
Fiorella Solari, Lima, Peru
Fiorella ha llevado cursos de publicidad y administración de empresas en Universidades de Lima y en Madrid. Le apasiona los temas de igualdad de género, derechos humanos y medio ambiente. Ha realizado presentaciones acerca del impacto de los medios de comunicación en temas de género y la situación del acoso callejero en su país. En Perú ha participado en marchas y discusiones que buscan la igualdad de género. Con SSH busca hacer más visible el problema del acoso callejero en su país, un hecho que ha sido constantemente minimizado por el gobierno, los medios y la sociedad. En sus tiempos libres viaja cada vez que puede, va a conciertos y practica yoga. Puedes encontrarla en Twitter o Tumblr.
Fiorella has studied advertising and business managment in univesities in Lima and Madrid. She is passionate about issues regarding gender equality, human rights and enviroment. She done presentations about the mass media impact in gender themes and the current situation of Street harassment in her country. She has also participated in protests and discussions about gendar equality. With the help of SSH she is looking forward to make the Street harassment issue in her country more viseble, since it’s been minimized constantly by the government, the media and the society. On her free times she travels whenever she can, goes to concerts and practice yoga. You can contact her through Twitter or Tumblr
Corina Thorose, Melbourne, Australia
Corina is a journalist who is currently in a Masters’ program in Professional Writing. In addition to writing for Stop Street Harassment, she volunteers with White Ribbon Australia and the Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service. Her passions include music, literature and pyjamas, and she spends her free time reviewing theatre and film. Corina’s creative and critical work can be found at Thehumbleopinion.me and her women’s opinion pieces can be found at Theirownbells.com. You can also view her articles on social media: @BrandosBride, www.facebook.com/theirownbells, instagram.com/theirownbells
Suzanne Vyborney, Oakland, CA
Born in South Korea and raised in Northern California, Suzanne studied philosophy and environmental ethics in college and is currently plotting ways to make the corporate world more socially responsible. Often found ranting about the patriarchy, racism, and the prison industrial complex, what Suzanne loves most about her social justice work is connecting with and being inspired by her amazing community in Oakland and beyond. Suzanne is also an editorial board member of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights’ blog, Ella’s Voice, the special events chair for the brand new Oakland chapter of the national progressive leadership training institute New Leaders Council, and a volunteer for the nationally renowned anti-street-harassment campaign, Stop Telling Women To Smile. In between, Suzanne can be found making mosaics, working on social justice-infused comedy sketches, sending many an unsolicited cat video and recovering from brunch. You can follow her on twitter @zantropa
Meet the 10 Correspondents of the First 2014 Cohort
Andrea is interested in four things: intersectional feminism, checking privilege, cats, and space. Okay, so there are a lot more things she’s interested in, but there’s only time for so many. Originally from Chicago, she recently moved to San Francisco with her husband and cat. Before writing for SSH, she worked as a politics intern at PolicyMic and field organizer. She currently consults with startups in the SF area on content and how to better engage users. You can follow her on twitter: @missafayres or check out her website ayres-deets.com.
Rocío Andrés, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Rocío holds a Bachelor´s degree in Audiovisual Communication, History of Art (both Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain) and a Master´s in Education (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain, 2010). She has six years experience as a TV and advertising producer. Most recently, she has been working as an English, Spanish and Secondary teacher in different countries. Today, she is based in Edinburgh as a nursery teacher and collaborates with an online magazine. Her interest in sexual harassment started through personal research on the Egyptian Arab Spring and then through profound and careful readings of gang rapes in Tahrir Square and its media coverage. She will soon write a thesis on it. She has a great passion for Egyptian women´s fight against sexual harassment and, extensively, for all women around the world against sexual violence. Since then, she also wants to fight. Follow her on Twitter, @ioandres.
Heather Frederick, Austin, TX, USA
Heather has been dedicated to working for the human rights of all people since she was in high school. While earning her BA in Women’s Studies, Spanish and Linguistics at San Diego State University she was active with the National Organization for Women and VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood. At the UN-Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, where she earned her MA in Gender & Peacebuilding, Heather participated in the Vagina Monologues and organized the university’s first Clothesline Project to raise awareness of gender-based violence. She currently works to end IPV as a Supervisor for The National Dating Abuse Helpline, www.loveisrespect.org. Her passions include intersectional feminism, reproductive justice, languages, travel, blogging at www.FeministActivism.com (@FeministSNVA) and bringing an end to human rights abuses.
Pallavi Kamat, Mumbai, India
Pallavi is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Commerce Graduate from the University of Mumbai, India, with around 12 years of experience working in the corporate sector. Currently, she is working in the Credit Department of a new generation private sector bank. She is passionate about life, books, movies, music and friends. She is proud to declare that she has been a feminist as far as she can remember. She can be found blogging about various issues, specifically books and movies, at www.pallosworld.blogspot.in. She openly rants about issues on Twitter, @pallavisms.
Kriti is student of MSc chemistry. She is engaged in different social organization in Nepal and has undertaken different responsibilities for conducting projects like awareness campaign on menstrual health, women literacy and entrepreneurship etc. Currently she is working on anti-street harassment issues in Nepal with the Astitwa Foundation. She enjoys expressive writings and works as a web content writer as a profession. She writes and researches stories for astiwa.com where she emphasizes women’s voices which are suppresses by social prejudice. She loves the idea of volunteerism and she envisions a society where every human being, despite their gender, social and racial identity, can be able to live a prosperous, equal and respectful life as a global citizen. Find more of her writing on her blog.
Katie Monroe, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Katie is passionate about the intersection between gender equality and active transportation (biking and walking). A graduate of Haverford College with a BA in Anthropology / Concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies, she works to create inclusive spaces within the bicycling movement. She founded the Women Bike PHL campaign at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia in 2013 to make riding a bicycle more fun and feasible for Philadelphia women of all ages and backgrounds. She also works at the Philly nonprofit Gearing Up, which gives some of Philadelphia’s most marginalized women – those in transition from incarceration, addiction, and/or abuse – the opportunity to ride bicycles for exercise, transportation, and personal growth. She loves biking and walking in Philadelphia and hopes for a day when street harassment isn’t such a daily part of the experience. Follow her on Twitter, @cmon_roe.
Brittany Oliver, Baltimore, MD, USA
Brittany is a recent graduate of Towson University and holds a B.S in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations. She is an advocate and thought leader for civic and societal issues related to feminism, social justice and civil rights. Brittany works in the non-profit communications sector and supports local anti-street harassment advocacy through Hollaback! Baltimore. She is also an organizer for One Billion Rising 2014 and is an avid volunteer within in community. Her goal in writing for SSH is to educate people about the harassment that takes place on the streets of Baltimore, which she’s experienced her whole life. Her offline activities include salsa dancing, arts & crafts, reading and attending local community events. She blogs at brittuniverse.wordpress.com and publicly rants on Twitter, @btiara3
Jeanette R, Irvine, CA, USA
Jeanette is a recent university graduate with a lifelong passion for social justice and change. She is particularly interested in issues of gender, human rights, race, equality, and immigration. She has had a lifelong love affair with writing as not only a creative medium, but also as a powerful tool for socially transformative change and advocacy. She is very excited about helping advance the mission of SSH in creating safe, harassment-free spaces for all people.
Joe Samalin, New York City, NY, USA
Joe Samalin has been addressing gender-based violence for over 15 years, starting as a student activist. Based in NYC, he was the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for Men Can Stop Rape, a trainer for the Anti-Stalking Program at Safe Horizon, co-facilitated a program for abusive teen partners, and lived in Japan for four years and examined gender-based violence and rape culture there. Additionally he has been an assistant chef, professional archaeologist, and made origami window displays for local shops at Christmas-time in high school. In March 2012 he co-created and directed ‘Sh*t Men Say To Men Who Say Sh*t To Women On The Street’, a YouTube video modeling men interrupting street harassment of women and girls which subsequently won a CDC award for Injury and Violence Prevention. He is currently the Outreach and Training Manager for the Disaster Distress Helpline and is examining among other things gender-based violence in the aftermath of disasters. Follow him on Twitter, @joesamalin.
Sandria is a writer, health/wellness ambassador and community activist. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graduate (B.S. Advertising, ’02) has a passion for empowering girls and women, philanthropy and her personal development (i.e., constantly doing or learning something to help live her best life EVER!). She is a longtime volunteer with several local and national organizations and has facilitated programs/workshops for The Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League, Young Women’s Leadership Charter School and Illinois Caucus of Adolescent Health. During 2012-2013, she served as a GirlTrek Harriet Tubman Trailblazer Fellow and continues to advocate for the health of Black women and girls as a Chicago City Rep. Sandria is a concert junkie, award-winning natural hair model, loving mommy to two kittens she rescued in the park – Dharma and Cozy – and certified yoga teacher. Read her ChicagoNow blog and follow her on Twitter @SandriaWrites.
Meet the July – December 2013 Correspondents
Lisane Thirsk, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Lisane is a feminist interested in creative tactics to make the world a better place for women and other marginalized groups around the world. She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of British Columbia. In 2012, she completed a Master’s in Socio-Legal Studies at York University in Toronto, where she wrote her Major Research Paper on gender-based street harassment. Her research focused on the case of a woman in Mexico City who successfully used social media to challenge institutional impunity for sexual violence. Now based in Ottawa, Lisane works in the non-profit communications sector and supports local anti-street harassment advocacy through Hollaback! Ottawa.
Levi Grayshon, Manchester, England
Levi graduated from university with a degree in Film and TV screenwriting this summer. As a freelance writer, she has been writing for her own blog, Conventional-Girl, for around a year and a half, where she writes about feminist issues such as the No More Page 3 campaign, street harassment and lad culture, as well as reviewing movies, and talking about music and fashion. More recently, she has been writing for The F-Word and Gamer-UK. You can follow her rants and ramblings on Twitter, @part_heart.
Tilly Grove, London, England
Tilly is studying for a BA in War Studies at King’s College London, where she is writing her dissertation on the effect that perceptions of gender have on the roles which women adopt in conflict. She is a feminist blogger, writing about rape culture for The LINE Campaign, and about intersectionality, pop culture and current affairs on her own blog. She also volunteers with her local homeless service. You can follow her on Tumblr and Twitter, @tillyjean_.
Pallavi Kamat, Mumbai, India
Pallavi is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Commerce Graduate from the University of Mumbai, India, with around 12 years of experience working in the corporate sector. Currently, she is working in the Credit Department of a new generation private sector bank. She is passionate about life, books, movies, music and friends. She is proud to declare that she has been a feminist as far as she can remember. She can be found blogging about various issues, specifically books and movies, at www.pallosworld.blogspot.in. She openly rants about issues on Twitter, @pallavisms.
Bishkeke Feminist Collective (members Salidat and Aikanysh will co-write), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan,
Salidat Hamilova is an undergraduate student at Kyrgyz National University and a dedicated volunteer at the Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ. Salidat is responsible for coordinating SQ’s initiative to stop sexual and street harassment and for anti-violence campaigning. She also combines activist work with her hobby – modeling (photo shoots, fashion shows) – and wants to disperse the myths and stereotypes about the modeling business and models.
Aikanysh Jeenbaeva graduated from the University of Freiburg with a degree in European Literatures and Cultures and recently from the Diplomatic Academy of the KR with a degree in International Relations. Aikanysh is a co-founding member and coordinator of the Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ. Her primary areas of work and interests include advocacy and mobilization, anti-violence work, feminist economics, sexual and street harassment, gender and urban spaces, development, feminist geography.
Like many other women, Salidat and Aikanysh know about the multiple forms of harassment firsthand, as they experience it every day – at the university, on the streets, in public places, at public events, etc. Their goal in writing for SSH is to make more people aware of the rampant harassment in the region, challenge the perception of sexual and other forms of harassment as the norm and a compliment and to encourage people to fight and resist it.
Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ was founded in 2012 by activists from various communities of Bishkek city. Our mission is to promote feminist values of solidarity, justice, non-violence and resistance to all forms of oppression (sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, nationalism, xenophobia, islamophobia, classism and neoliberalism, etc.) among the citizens of Bishkek and, in future, across the entire country. Follow BFC SQ on Twitter, @bish_feminists and on Facebook.
Gcobani Qambela, South Africa
Gcobani is completing his Masters in Medical Anthropology through Rhodes University, Grahamstown South Africa. His research centres around issues of risk, responsibility and vulnerability amongst Xhosa men (and women) in a rural town in South Africa living in the context of HIV/AIDS. He is interested in issues of gender, masculinities and sexual and reproductive health. He contributes regularly to the One Young World Thought Leader page with the Mail & Guardian and the Bokamoso Leadership Forum. In his spare time, Gcobani enjoys reading, writing and spending time with his nephews. He dreams of living in a world where people are free to be their full selves, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation and sex. This is why he dedicates significant time to raising awareness and consciousness around race, homophobia, gender inequality and now street-harassment. Follow him on Twitter, @GcobaniQambela.
Angela Della Porta, Maine, USA
Angela Della Porta is a recent college graduate from Clark University in Worcester, MA committed to making change. She will soon be going to Detroit to teach with Teach for America. Until then, she’s spending her time in rural Maine analyzing the misconceptions about who really perpetrates street harassment (and enjoying the amazing weather). Her work with women’s organization and nonprofit efforts is varied, including working at her local YWCA with public policy and acting as a campus organizer for the national 1 in 3 Campaign to expand women’s access to safe abortion. She also co-founded and contributed to Hollaback! Boston, an organization fighting street harassment in Boston metro area. Follow her on Twitter: @angelassoapbox.
Maggie Freeleng, New York, USA
Maggie is a Brooklyn based freelance writer and photographer focusing on social justice and women’s issues. She currently writes for Vitamin W, a women-owned women’s media platform. Maggie graduated with a B.A in Journalism and English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2011 concentrating on dystopian literature. Growing up in New York, but moving to rural Northampton, Mass. she owned chickens and embraced farm life, contributing to the Greenfield Recorder’s “Going Green” and “Outdoor Adventure” issues. Before becoming an editorial assistant and correspondent at Women’s eNews, where she cultivated her feminist identity, Maggie traveled the Alps writing for GoNOMAD.com and later interned for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. Her work is also featured in the Boston Globe Online and Glamour’s “Inspired” blog. She rules her life by the unofficial Northampton town motto, “Strong coffee, stronger women.” You can read more of her writing on her blog or follow her on Twitter, @dixiy89.
Nikoletta Gjoni, Maryland, USA
Nikoletta Gjoni graduated from UMBC in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. A native of Albania, she returned in the summer of 2008 to research the effects of communist censorship on Albania’s literature that included an interview with Nobel Prize nominated author, Ismail Kadare. After graduation, she did almost four years of freelance work in a D.C. broadcast station, in addition to having worked as a literacy and linguistics assessor for pre-k classrooms in D.C.’s charter schools. She is an avid reader and writer and loves to spend late afternoons either curled up with a good book on the Tudors, or working on a new creative piece for her blog. To get to know her better, she can be tracked on both her creative blog and Twitter, @nikigjoni.
Delia Harrington, Massachusetts, USA
Delia Harrington is a recent graduate of Northeastern University and calls Boston home. She studied International Affairs, focusing on Social Enterprise, the Middle East and Latin America. A frequent traveler and enthusiastic photographer, much of her activism and writing focuses on the intersection of social justice, culture, politics, poverty, human rights, and feminism. In recent years, she has found herself studying, working, and volunteering in Egypt, Cuba, France, Benin, the Dominican Republic, Turkey, Germany, and Greece. She has worked in study abroad, micro-finance, and non-profits, and is always on the lookout for more effective ways to make the world a better place. She loves learning languages, re-watching The West Wing, and spending time in politically tumultuous countries. You can read more of her writing on her blog, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter, @deliamary.
Taylor Kuether, Wisconsin, USA
Taylor Kuether is a senior journalism student at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in northwestern Wisconsin. A Milwaukee, Wis., native, she grew up appreciating summers on Lake Michigan, the Packers, and a good beer. She has previously written for The Washington Post and Minneapolis’ Star Tribune, worked as a reporter at her city’s daily newspaper,The Leader-Telegram, and its arts and culture publication, VolumeOne, hosted a local-music centered radio show on Wisconsin Public Radio, and worked as Editor-in-Chief at her student newspaper, where she enjoyed writing biting, slightly rant-y columns about feminist issues. She is thrilled now to write for Stop Street Harassment, a cause she is particularly incensed about. When she’s not writing, she’s probably talking about how much she loves cats, hanging out in a coffee shop, or attending a local music show.
Lauren McEwen, Washington, D.C., USA
Lauren is a recent graduate of Howard University where she majored in print journalism with a minor in photography. Originally from the Atlanta metropolitan area, Lauren began dealing with street harassment at a very young age, and over the years, became passionate about fighting against it. She has written for The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Ebony.com, Washington City Paper, Global Grind, The Apposite and Hearts Converse. She currently lives and works in Washington, D.C. You can check out more of her work at laurenmcewen.weebly.com and follow her on Twitter at @angrywritergirl.
Britnae Purdy, Virginia, USA
Britnae is a graduate student at George Mason University, where she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Global Affairs with a specialization in Security and Conflict Studies. Britnae is a recent graduate of the University of Mary Washington, where she double-majored in International Affairs and Women’s and Gender Studies and combined her passion for feminism, literature, and world cultures by completing an undergraduate thesis on gendered power roles in 20th century Chinese short fiction. Having traveled and lived all over the United States and abroad, Britnae has a love for traveling that is second only to her love of ice cream. Britnae also writes for First Peoples Worldwide, an indigenous rights advocacy group based in Fredericksburg, Va., and you can read more of her writing on their blog.
Molly Redding, California, USA
Molly received a graduate degree in International Development and Gender from the London School of Economics in 2011, where her dissertation focused on websites allowing victims of harassment to post about their experiences. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over 10 years in various capacities and in her most recent incarnation is a consultant. In her “free” time she is a voracious reader, cyclist and lover of all things San Francisco. You can follow her on Twitter, @perfeminist.
Sara Schwartzkopf, Colorado, USA
Sara is a recent graduate of the University of Denver where she majored in Sociology, International Studies, and minored in Japanese. Since graduation she has remained committed to having (sometimes) tough conversations on issues of race, gender, poverty and politics. She has previously written on issues relevant to the Native American community at Le Prestige Du Monde, pulling heavily on her experiences as a mixed-race Kiowa and Chickasaw. A Colorado native, she has a finely developed appreciation for the outdoors and microbrews, in addition to enjoying healthy doses of coffee, books, and trashy TV.
Meet the January – June 2013 Correspondents
Terris Schneider, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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.
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.