Aisha Zakira sent me some info on a project she’s heading called Hollaback! Mumbai, as part of a global movement against street harassment (www.ihollaback.org) in cities including Cairo, London, Buenos Aires and NYC.
No matter who you are, where
you are or what you’re wearing,
you deserve to feel safe and
respected in Mumbai.
“Street harassment (aka ‘eve teasing’ in India, is one of the most persistent and pervasive forms of gender-based violence and one of the least legislated against. Leering, whistling, groping, flashing and assault are a daily reality for women in Mumbai, around India and across the world. Harassment can occur on the train, in parks, maidans, cinema houses, on the street, on university campuses, buying vegetables, anywhere. But such incidents are rarely reported, and are culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman and living in a city like Mumbai. At Hollaback!, we don’t buy it. By collecting women’s stories and creative expressions through email and mobile phones about their harassment experiences, Hollaback! is creating a safe, crowd-sourced initiative to end street harassment.” Nice one. Hollaback ladies!
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