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Read below for an update on International Anti-Street Harassment Week!
Here are just a few highlights of the week:
* UN Women listed the week of awareness on their calendar
* Women in Cities International in Canada launched a new publication called “Tackling Gender Exclusion,” based on the findings and experiences of the “Gender Inclusive Cities Program (GICP),” funded by the United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women.
* Hollaback launched a bystander street harassment campaign
* A group of men and women in NYC created a 2 minute video about bystander responses men can have to men who harass women on the street. In the one week since its launch, it’s been viewed 45 times shy of 200,000!!
* Thousands of middle and high school students and college students across the USA participated in classroom and community discussions about street harassment
* Rallies on the issue of street harassment took place in Delhi, India; Philadelphia, PA, and New York City, NY
* Sidewalk chalking took place in Brussels, Belgium, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Maryland
* Film screenings took place in Turkey, Croatia, Canada; and numerous cities across the USA
* Creative action like street theater, monologues, art exhibits, handing out “red cards,” and mud art occurred in numerous cities worldwide
* The Women’s Media Center made their Wednesday #SheParty discussion about street harassment on Twitter. Visit Twitter and read through the #SheParty thread to see all the tweets about street harassment during the 2-hour online discussion
* The Pixel Project created a new section on its website about street harassment
* B Safe created a translation of Stop Street Harassment in Norwegian
* Breakthrough/Bell Bajao in India launched a be a hero bystander campaign
* Lots of online campaigns occurred, including several blogging series.
* Discussions and conversations about street harassment included many focused on the intersection of racism (in the USA) with sexism as well as homophobia/transphobia and how that impacts people’s sense of safety in public places. The week coincided with many rallies in the USA in protest of the killing of Trayvon Martin, a young African American man who was shot simply for “looking suspicious” while wearing a hoodie, walking home from a store with a bag of candy in his pocket. In Washington, DC, a huge rally in protest of the recent attacks on two gay men and a transwoman also happen to occur during the week. These are all inter-related issues and for many people, all forms of discrimination they face in public places. I hope these conversations continue.
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