Nobody likes walking down the street and being harassed. Unfortunately it has become a cultural norm for men to harass women on the street with catcalls, vulgar language, and sexualization. Last week however people around the world took to the streets to protest this new normal with International Anti-Street Harassment Week.
In support of this weeklong protest for human rights Hollaback! co-hosted a rally against street harassment in New York last week. The event was co-sponsored by 46 organizations and included over 20 speakers, short workshops on bystander intervention, using dance to address street harassment, and “cats against catcalls” facepainting. The event was funded with gracious support from the Caruso Foundation.
Street harassment is a form of gender violence against women and LGBTQ individuals. “But it is rarely reported, and it’s culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman or for being gay,” said Emily May, executive director of Hollaback!.
Hollaback!’s next event is HOLLA::Revolution, an annual speakers series on street harassment — followed by a site leader retreat for their young, global leaders. They are currently running a campaign to provide food and lodging to site leaders in need. To donate, visit the organization’s Indiegogo campaign which is live until April 17th. To get tickets to the public speakers series on May 27th from 2-5pm, click here. Last year sold out with 150 tickets
iHollaback is a nonprofit and movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world. They were featured in book one of the Up To You Project: Get the e-book on Amazon.com