First International Anti-Street Harassment Day: The Roundup!

We’ve been following the groundswell for the first International Anti-Street Harassment Day since it was announced. While we organise and raise awareness here in London, all across the world people are making their voices heard in relation to this issue, redressing the balance of power that incidences of harassment so consistently and cruelly skew.

One of the reasons I think that discussions around street harassment attracts so many opinions is the direct, often daily experience so many women and LGBTQ people have of it, regardless of whether they identify as feminist, regardless of if they consider themselves politically engaged. People can barely wait for you to finish explaining what HollabackLDN is before they want to share their story and frustrations with you, which is further proof and affirmation of why we do this! That universal sense of outrage, shame and embarrasment, together with the process of unpacking the issues at play when ‘Nice Tits!’ breaks the silence or the hand brushes your bum, can be the ultimate gateway drug into beginning to read the world through a feminist lens.

What IASHD has done is put a crucial spotlight on this issue and of the work being done to interrogate the prevalence of gender-based violence in our lives, because it’s far from only Hollaback who are on the case. Check out:

  • This list of amazing global actions taken by men and women around the world in honour of IASHD (Collected by the brilliant Stop Street Harassment blog)
  • Ileana Jimenez – a feminist teacher discussing the cultural specificity of harassment in Mexico and on the importance of education —
  • “When we speak of the daily realities many women and LGBTQ folks face when they walk down the street, let’s not forget to mention the children and youth who learn how to repeat these behaviors from the widespread sexual violence in our communities, the media, their homes, streets and schools.”

  • Awesome activist blogger Hugo Schwyzer who sums up the damage that the rationale of street harassment does to men
  • Girls for Gender Equity (out of New York) who have published a paperback Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets called Hey Shorty!
  • The continually amazing Vicki Simister and her site –  our ally in the struggle
  • These are just a few, tell us what you did to mark the day in the comments, and if you didn’t do anything, why not join us tomorrow at 7pm, Wah Nails Dalston, for an all-genders-welcome social night, where we’ll be workshopping ideas to combat street harassment and discussing gender-based gubbins and ways to get involved in a judgement-free forum, with drinks and baked goods and a top secret awesome film screening afterwards too!

    2 responses to “First International Anti-Street Harassment Day: The Roundup!

    1. What an ignorant jerk. Pity you didn’t push that trolley into their table. I think it would of taught them a lesson. I’m sorry this happened to you.

    2. You don’t have to ‘admit’ that you’ve put on weight :). The guy was a prick, he clearly hates women. This is his issue, not yours and you should try to free yourself from that humiliation and upset that you feel.

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