Gender-based street harassment—from sexual or homophobic comments and gestures to stalking and groping—affects at least 65 percent of women and 25 percent of men in the United States. And it’s not just a problem here. A growing number of studies confirm that women around the world experience street harassment, and an underlying threat of sexual violence often makes public spaces unsafe for them.
While groups and organizations take action in their communities year-round to address this social problem, there is strength in numbers. That’s why Stop Street Harassment creates space for them each spring to join forces and take action in unity, in solidarity, during Meet Us on the Street: International Anti-Street Harassment Week.
Anyone, anywhere can participate in the week, including by sharing your stories and/or images online, writing sidewalk chalk messages, hanging up Stop Telling Women to Smile posters, snapping photos of your dog/s for #HoundsAgainstHarassment and joining the Global Tweetathon on April 12 (use #EndSH in your tweets).
I invite you to Meet Us on the Street. No action is too small to make a difference.