Thank you for participating in our fifth annual International Anti-Street Harassment Week, April 12-18, 2015!
In early March, a newly released study in Australia found that 87% of women have been street harassed, the Peruvian Congress passed a new law against street harassment, Chinese activists were detained for planning a protest about sexual harassment on their transit system (sign the petition!), and an Afghan woman held an 8 minute protest march in Kabul (and is now in hiding after facing death threats). Street harassment is a serious global issue.
From April 12 – 18, Stop Street Harassment organized the fifth annual International Anti-Street Harassment Week with participating groups coming from 40 countries. The purpose of the week always is to allow us to join together in solidarity and amplify each other’s voices and work so that the world listens.
Together we can let people affected by street harassment know it’s not their fault and they’re not alone. We can inform communities that this is a problem that we all need to care about and address. And we can demand changes.
Thank you for joining us in 2014, March 30 – April 5.
Groups in 25 countries, on 6 continents, joined us in speaking out! There were marches, rallies, workshops, sidewalk chalkings, wheat pastings, and 7 official tweet chats.
Collectively we reached tens of thousands of people offline and millions online. We ROARED!
What is It?
Meet Us On the Street: International Anti-Street Harassment Week is an opportunity to collectively raise awareness that street harassment happens and that it’s not okay.
Why a Week?
Amazing activists and ordinary individuals around the world work hard year-round to make public places safer but once a year we can help amplify each other’s voices and get global mainstream media attention for this issue by collectively speaking out together.
Why Hold it in April?
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the USA and springtime in the Northern Hemisphere. While street harassment occurs year-round, spring is a time when there is an increase in the harassment because of the increased daylight hours and warmer weather that brings people outside. Street harassment is often seen as an inevitable part of the change in seasons, but it shouldn’t be. Spring is no excuse for street harassment.
What’s the History of the Week?
On March 20, 2011, after only a month of planning, more than 2,000 people from at least 13 countries participated in International Anti-Street Harassment Day. In 2012, it was expanded into a week, and more than 100 groups from over 20 countries co-sponsored the week and tens thousands of people participated through online activism, rallies, marches, events, and sidewalk chalk parties.
* Thank you for a successful week of action in 2012! Read a round-up post about the week of action in 2012…also see blog posts tagged with “anti-street harassment week” and visit the Facebook page to read round-ups of events, blog posts written throughout the week. View photos from the week.
* Viral video created for the week in 2012:
* Thank you for a successful International Anti-Street Harassment Day in 2011! Read an article by founder Holly Kearl about how it went.