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International Anti-Street Harassment Week 2015 Report


TaBle of Contents Page 3: Overview information about Int’l Anti-Street Harassment Week Page 11: A sampling of the actions that took place internationally Page 98: A sampling of the actions that occurred in the USA Page 155 : Examples of the week’s online activism

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Overview Information: What’s the Problem? Catcalls, sexist comments, gender-policing, leering, flashing, groping, stalking, and sexual assault: gender-based street harassment makes public places unfriendly and even scary for many girls, women, and LGBQT folks. It limits their access to public spaces. What is the Week? Meet Us On the Street: International Anti-Street Harassment Week is an opportunity to collectively raise awareness that street harassment happens and that it’s not okay. It began in 2011 as International AntiStreet Harassment Day and it expanded to a week in 2012. It is a program of Stop Street Harassment. Why a Week? Activists and individuals around the world work hard year-round to make public places safer but once a year we can amplify each other’s voices. Why Hold it in April? April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the USA and street harassment falls within the spectrum of gender-based violence. April is also springtime in the Northern Hemisphere While street harassment occurs year-round, spring is a time when there is an increase in the harassment because of the increased daylight hours and warmer weather that brings people outside.

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What Happened? For a week in April, groups, organizations, transit authorities, college campuses and people in 41 countries and on six continents spoke out against street harassment! Who made it possible? International Anti-Street Harassment Week is a community mobilization program of Stop Street Harassment and it was spearheaded by SSH founder Holly Kearl and Online Manager Britnae Purdy. They were helped by: • • • • •

The leaders of more than 150 groups, organizations and campuses that took some form of action during the week. Stop Telling Women to Smile artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh who organized an International Night of Wheat Pasting on April 17. National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) that helped advertise the week to their networks forSexual Assault Awareness Month. SSH social media volunteers, board members, and SSH correspondents who helped advertise the week and participate in tweet chats and events. Alan Kearl and Beckie Weinheimer who contributed financially.

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Highlights • • • •

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We had co-sponsoring groups from 41 countries. We received more than 80 major news hits in at least 10 countries. There were rallies, events, sidewalk chalking, flyering, street theater, wheat pasting, and lots of online engagement. Anti-harassment transit campaigns launched in London, Los Angeles, and Vancouver and a new study about harassment on the transit system in France found that 100% of women have been harassed. Fiona Patten, a member of Parliament in Victoria, Australia, raised the issue of street harassment in Parliament. New street signs about street harassment went up in New York City, Philadelphia and Toronto. NGOs in Chile, Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Ecuador and Uruguay took photos posted them on social media. Six main hashtags were used on Twitter: #Endsh #Endshweek #plutotsympa #everydaysexism #AcosoEsViolencia #NoAcosoCallejero Since launching Stop Street Harassment seven years ago, there is much more awareness globally about street harassment and more concrete actions to address it. Awareness campaigns like International Anti Street Harassment Week contribute to that evolving shift. If you participated, know that your voice matters, you’re making a difference.

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Media • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

ABC News ABC WISN 12 Alternet Annapurna Post (Nepal) ArtNet News Atlanta Creative Loafing Badalja (India) Baltimore Sun Best of the Left Big Browser (France) Bitch Media | 2 Bustle Buzzfeed CALCASA CBC News (Canada) Christian Science Monitor Cosmopolitan The Daily Iowan Daily Mail (UK) Diario Castellanos (Chile) Elite Daily Elle Fast Company Feministing The Flat Hat News For Harriet The Frisky The Georgia Straight Global News Gothamist Grazia (France) GW Hatchet Hello Giggles Huffington Post 1 | 2 | 3 I am in DNA (India) The Independent (UK) Le Monde (France) The Local DE (Germany) Marie Claire (Brazil)

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Matt Townsend Show, SiriusXM Metro News Toronto Mic Modern Reston Magazine Ms. magazine Winter 2015 issue My Fox NY The Nation (Pakistan) NOLA Defender Nonprofit Quarterly NY Daily News NYU Local NYU News The Observer Pakistan Today Paste Magazine Philadelphia Sun Times The Philadelphia Tribune Philly.com People Magazine The Post Athens The Republic Ryerson University Student Life (Canada) Salon.com Take Part Talking Points Memo Think Progress TimAdamsCBC on @EdmAMCBC (Canada) Times Herald Record Time Out NYC The Times Tribune UPI Vancouver AM 730 | CKNW AM 980 (Canada) Waging Non-Violence WGN TV The WIP WKU Herald WMATA Women’s eNews

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International Efforts!

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Afghanistan Daughters of Rabia published one street harassment story and image per day on their site in Farsi. They provided English translations of the pieces for publication on the Stop Street Harassment website.

“All women have the right to exit their homes without fear. Nothing justifies street harassment.�

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Argentina Acci贸n Respeto: Por una Calle Libre de Acoso held activities around the country, all week. This included handing out pamphlets, pasting signs around the city, placing a stand on the main parks in Buenos Aires to talk to people about the issue.

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They also held a march to demand a law that protects women against street harassment (a law was introduced later in April).

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Australia Fiona Patten, a member of Parliament in Victoria, Australia, raised the issue of street harassment in Parliament. The Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) joined the global tweet chat on April 14.

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AZERBAIJAN The Baku American Center held a presentation and discussion about what street harassment is, why it's bad, and what people can do about it.

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The Bahamas The public events HollaBack! Bahamas hosted for the week were fused with events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and included a meditation session led by a volunteer for the Peace Revolution from Mexico, a free self defense class for women, and a chalk art event at College of the Bahamas. Director Alicia Wallace said, “A man was walking by as we chalked the sidewalk at College of the Bahamas and stopped to ask what we were doing and why. We got into quite the debate. The volunteer from the Pro Society (art club) engaged him and stood her ground, and it was great to see her talk about street harassment with such authority. I joined her in speaking to the man, and shared some of my personal experiences, and told him what my average day is like. After about 15 minutes of back and forth, he finally understood the role he has been playing in putting a burden on women who access public space. He asked where he could get more information on HollaBack! Bahamas and the movement to end street harassment. It felt like the most amazing win!�

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Bangladesh The Speak Up Club at the Asian University for Women distributed fliers and spoke to taxi drivers, rickshaw drivers, and shopkeepers throughout the week. They also did sidewalk chalking.

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Belgium Touche Pas À Ma Pote raised awarenss on social media.

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Bolivia Mujeres Creando held an action in the main square of their city. They posted harassment phrases on a woman’s body as a way to visually depict street harassment and to encourage people to not be silent when they witnessed it. They also invited people to be part of their research action. This is the first time this kind of demonstration occurred in Bolivia and it resulted in liberating discourse. People were very receptive and children were especially interested in learning more about what is right and wrong on the streets.

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Brazil Chega de Fiu Fiu held the following events: - Call To Action: They published information and articles on Twitter. - Arts: They invited artists to create illustrations about street harassment and they published them on their social media accounts. - Facebook Q&As: They hosted a Q&A with a Public Defender about street harassment (What women can do when harassed? What does the Brazilian law say about it?). They also held a Q&A with a Brazilian senator who is trying to pass a law criminalizing street harassment on public transportation.

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Cameroon Women for a Change, Cameroon held a dialogue in Beau with youth and adolescents to address the different forms of street harassment women and girls face and how to intervene.

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AlBerta, CANADA HollaBack! Alberta held a “Street Harassment Happens Here” event where they walked through the high traffic areas of Whyte Avenue, stopping every five minutes, and providing chalk & support to those who wish to participate.

Participants used sidewalk chalk to describe their experiences and/or feelings regarding street harassment on the sidewalk. Co-Directors Lauren Alston & Renee Cabana-Marshall said, “People who were on the streets ended up joining us and writing their own messages of hope and support. Many people started conversations and pointed out that they experienced the same things we were writing on the sidewalks. People took photos of the chalk walk and noted their support or how the chalk walk had already made them feel safer.”

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HollaBack! Alberta co-directors Renee and Lauren spoke on Time Adams CBC radio. They also were featured in a cover article in the Edmonton Metro.

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MONTREAL, CANADA Women In Cities International hosted a discussion about street harassment. Over twenty women from various backgrounds participated, with whispered translation in French, English, Hindi and Bengali. The group was divided in two teams and were asked: What is street harassment? What are your experiences with it? How does being from different cultures emphasize the problem? Each group wrote their experiences on a sheet of paper and then the facilitators matched the findings to see if there were similarities. Staring, sexual comments, whistling, asking for sex etc. were the most common facts of harassment that women said they experienced in the street.

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Ottawa, CANADA HollaBack! Ottawa participated in the Stop Telling Women to Smile International Wheat Pasting event on April 17, 2015. They postered, wheat pasted and chalk walked in a busy Ottawa neighborhood.

Director Julie Lalonde said, “We were so proud to see the positive reaction our wheat pasting wall received. So many people were stopping to look at it, take pictures and mention it on social media. "

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Two examples of messages they received are: "THANK YOU for the messages left on Bank Street. I read them all, they made my day! I felt not alone in this." "Absolutely loved seeing all this on my walk home Friday night! Awesome work!“

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Toronto, CANADA The Street Talk Project launched their new exhibit! Inspired by the Take Back The Night movement and #yesallwomen. It was a public art installation and gallery exhibition that addresses how women navigate the city and the socialized sexism that governs their bodies on a day-to-day basis.

Using humor and subversive advertising, this project brought attention to the ways in which public space is navigated differently by different bodies; addressed how sexism is felt viscerally on a dayto-day basis; and furthered the belief that we are all responsible for making public spaces accessible and welcoming for all bodies.

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Toronto, Canada Ryerson University’s Student Life team shared Ryerson community stories via a photo-based campaign. They decided to take the personal approach to allow people to share their own experiences and put a face to the issue. Leaders of the campaign said, “We noticed that students experience harassment not just off campus but even on campus as well, and as a leader in digital community at Ryerson, we wanted to add our voices to the call for change and join the international conversation.�

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Vancouver, CANADA The Vancouver Transit Police and the local HollaBack! site distributed cards about harassment at Commercial Broadway SkyTrain Station as part of a new campaign encouraging people to be active bystanders when they witness harassment happening. People can also download OnDuty, the Metro Vancouver Transit Police app, which allows bystanders to safely report nonemergency incidents of street harassment on public transportation discreetly.

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Vancouver, CANADA HollaBack! Vancouver debuted their interactive campaign and art show “What’s Your Number?” It enabled people to record the frequency and emotions involved with street harassment from April 12-26. Participants received clickers (or counters) along with a blank notebook. For the two weeks, they clicked twice for direct street harassment, and once for an indirect impact. At the end of the time, the clickee was encouraged to creatively express the experience in the notebook provided through mediums like poetry, illustration or essaying before they’re passed on to the next one. The notebooks were showcased at an exhibit on April 30 at a free art show. Part education, part creative and part party, this night got everyone together in a comfortable space to talk about the effects of street harassment and – most importantly – what can be done.

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VICTORIA, CANADA Students at Pacific Rim College participated in the Stop Telling Women to Smile International Night of Wheat Pasting.

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CHile Observatorio Contra el Acoso Callejero en Chile participated in the international tweetathon and rallied NGOs in other Latin American countries to participate and create a photo album with anti-harassment messages. They included: OCAC Nicaragua, OCAC Colombia, OCAC Uruguay, Chega de Fiu Fiu (Brazil), Paremos el Acoso Callejero (Peru), Hollaback Bogot谩, Acci贸n Respeto (Argentina), Hollaback Cuenca (Ecuador) y No Acoso Callejero (El Salvador). They promoted an anti-street harassment bill that has been introduced in Congress. They also held an outdoor event with talks, music, artistic performances and a self-defense workshop.

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Observatorio Contra el Acoso Callejero en Chile’s director Alice Junqueira said, “Latin America countries have never been so close and successful in advancing the issue with their national governments and local societies. In 2015 Peru has approved a law against street harassment and Chile and Argentina have presented their own bills to Congress, paving the way for a discussion to begin in Brazil.”

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Colombia Atrévete Bogotá iHollaback talked to people on the street about street harassment and ways to stop it. They took pictures with messages against harassment. They also pasted posters for the iconic Carrera Seventh rejecting the harassment and did a few interviews for online radio shows.

“Most young men and women with whom we spoke said they will do all possible to intervene in an episode of street harassment.”

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Colombia Observatorio Contra el Acoso Callejero Colombia hosted many events. Sunday: They hosted a cycling against harassment event.

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Monday: They held a talk about street harassment at the National University. Tuesday: They did street action to declare the streets belong to everyone. Thursday: In collaboration with Colectiva Urgente Anårquica y Sinverguenza they held a feminist self-defense session. Friday: They marched with the Tremenda Revoltosa Batucada Feminista, and beat the drums against all forms of violence on people’s bodies. Saturday: They closed out the week with a dance fundraiser.

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Croatia HollaBack! Croatia hosted a workshop on how to deal with and respond to street harassment.

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Ecuador HollaBack! Cuenca shared messages on social media.

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Egypt HarassMap held a Facebook campaign with daily posts using the hashtag #endSH and #‫‘(التحرش _ضد_اسبوع‬week against harassment’). The content of the posts was examples of verbal harassment, to clarify and show examples of harassment that are often seen as flirting but are of course not (the examples were crowdsourced through social media, from women in Egypt).

“Flirtation is called harassment if there is no consent.”

“Don't tolerate any sexual harassment in the street. Report to HarassMap.org.”

“Try to keep your comments to yourself.” “Why do you call a woman a pony.”

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They shared videos on social media that were about stories that they received during their campaign Mesh Sakta (‘Don’t be silent’). They showed sexual harassment situations where people intervened to stop it. They held an event at Helwan University in Cairo as part of their program to stop harassment at universities (Safe Schools and Universities program). They hosted seminars with the students to inform them about how to end the social acceptability of sexual harassment and how they can work to implement a antisexual harassment policy at their university.

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El Salvador y No Acoso Callejero El Salvador raised awareness on social media.

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Fiji Islands Take Back the Streets, Fiji, raised awareness on social media. They encouraged people to document instances of street harassment using the hashtag #tbtsfiji.

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Bordeaux, France Community members participated in the Stop Telling Women to Smile International Night of Wheat Pasting.

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Lille, France Stop Harcèlement de Rue in Lille launched a new poster campaign, did an informational leaflet distribution at the Lille Flandres subway station, posted a wall of shame (where people can write the insults and catcalls they heard on post-its), met with the comic book author Thomas Mathieu who created the Project Crocodiles Tumblr (he illustrates everyday sexism experiences sent to him by readers), and launched a “no harassment bar” program to make bars they work with “no harassment zones.”

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Lyon, France Stop Harcèlement de Rue in Lyon, in collaboration with the Family Planning Unit 69, collected street harassment stories from passersby on the street, did informational leaflet distribution at Vaise subway station, held chalk walks at Quai Victor Augagneur and Montée de la Grande Côte, and put up an information stand at Parc de la Tête d'Or to raise awareness.

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Paris, France Stop Harcèlement de Rue in Paris went in subway and suburban trains to distribute flyers and to sensitize people to all the types of violence women face on public transport. They wore super-hero costumes as the “Team Zero Relou” (no street harassers team)!

They held a Twitter chat about sexism and harassment on public transportation (@stophdr #terminusrelou).

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Stop Harcèlement de Rue in Paris also held skits about harassment at the Gare du Nord station to raise public awareness.

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Berlin, Germany HollaBack! Berlin participated in the Stop Telling Women to Smile International Night of Wheat Pasting.

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Cologne, Germany Antifaschistische Revolte did sidewalk chalking, made t-shirts, and distributed some of ProChange’s cards against sexism and homophobia.

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dortmund, Germany Members of ProChange distributed red cards against sexism and pink cards against homophobia across the week. They also put flyers and other information on park benches and advertising columns and they handed out informational beermats to draw attention about street harassment and how to take action in pubs, cafes, clubs etc. They translated anti-street harassment materials into German and mobilized groups in other cities to take action during the week.

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HeidelBerg, Germany Feministisches Netzwerk put up anti-street harassment messages around town.

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India SafeCity conducted a workshop for 100 children at a government school in Lal Kuan and wrote articles about street harassment.

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iran Rezvan Moghaddam, an influential leader for gender equality in Iran, collected several stories from Iranian women for publication on the SSH blog for the week.

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Ireland HollaBack! Dublin raised awareness on social media.

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Italy American SSH supporters Beckie Weinheimer and Tony Salcedo took photos and shared them on social media while on vacation in Italy during the week!

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Italy NO Molestie Di Strada designed thought-provoking stickers both in Italian and English with the intent of opening up the conversation about street harassment and its consequences. Some examples are: “My body is not a public space", “Why don't you react when you witness harassment?", "I want to be free to travel at night".

They and anyone who requested stickers placed them in crowded places like train stations, churches, high schools, universities, airports, etc. They took pictures of them and posted them on social media.

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Kenya Spice Chungu—A Project of Spice Without Borders raised awareness online and organized a march of 100 people in Lugari, Kakamega County. Organizer Erick Matsanza said, “The march stroke curiosity and most people were caught unawares. They didn’t know that street harassment was bad and killed the confidence of a woman. They wanted to have more information…The women were happy as they expressed themselves and the men heard that it makes them uncomfortable.”

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Kenya The organizers of HollaBack! Nairobi wrote a guest blog post for SSH.

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Malaysia Pixel Project, based in Malaysia, hosted a Tweetathon with Breakthrough India.

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Mexico CoHabita/Habitajes pasted 65 Stop Telling Women to Smile posters along 45 stations on Line 1 of the Metrobus in Mexico City and elsewhere around the city.

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Kathmandu, Nepal Social Empowerment by Empowering Women SEEW held an anti-street harassment rally at Chuchepati, Chabahil, near the Pasang Lamhu Statue. People could sign a petition against street harassment.

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Kathmandu, Nepal Youth Advocacy Nepal (YAN) and Activista Nepal - in partnership with likeminded social organization – organized several events: 1. A youth dialogue on “Civic and Youth Action on anti street harassment” with 50 young people from diverse backgrounds. The objective of the program was to enhance the knowledge and skills of young people so they can help abolish street harassment.

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2. Young people did a demonstration in which they carried hand-made bags with positive messages regarding street harassment. 3. Sidewalk chalking, profile picture changing, blogging, and article writing. 4. Hundreds of people participated in an “Anti-street harassment march� and carried placards with anti-street harassment slogans.

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Kathandu, Nepal HollaBack! Kathmandu hosted a Stand Up Against Street Harassment event during which 20 people stood at Basantapur Durbar Square for an hour. Then they distributed flyers and talked to local people about the issue.

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They hosted a “Men’s Pledge” to encourage boys and men to share their antistreet harassment messages with other boys and men.

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HollaBack! Kathmandu director Aparna Singh said, “We got incredible support from men and boys at our final event at Bhaktapur. Young boys there were so enthusiastic, curious and supportive about our event and they readily agreed to be a part of the project once we made them understand the objective of our campaign. That was really fulfilling. One of the boys said that they need more girls and women like us who will talk about it more on the public platform to bring an end to harassment. We had a diverse age group of people who took part: from young girls and boys to men and women in their 50s, people from different backgrounds, race and ethnicities and culture took part which was very positive ... The participants of the week said they enjoyed being a part of the global movement and it unleashed the activist in them.�

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Kathmandu, Nepal The Nepal Mahila Ekata Samaj (Nepal Women Unity Society) hosted several events: 1. They released the findings of an audit of public spaces in the Tripuresor area of Kathmandu Valley. 2. They held a five days self-defense training with adolescent girls of the slum community. 3. They did chalk writing on streets and bridges.

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Lalitpur, Nepal Grace Research and Advocacy Center (GRACe) organized a discussion program on ways to fight street harassment with high school students. It included discussion on available laws, organizational services, and governmental emergency services. They also asked them to reflect on how it would be to act, stop and report cases of street harassment. Organizer Priyanka Pokhrel said, “It amazed us to see how male participants were willing to share their ideas to address problem of street harassment. They actually came up with some practical ways to fight harassers. Concept of indirect street harassment, misreading public niceties to harassment, and implementation challenges of law effectiveness were also highly discussed.�

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The NetherLands HollaBack! Amsterdam launched and held a party. They also participated in the Stop Telling Women to Smile International Night of Wheat Pasting.

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Nicaragua Observatorio Contra el Acoso Callejero Nicaragua raised awareness on social media, held a self-defense class and a short film festival, and prepared to release the official results of their 2014 street harassment survey.

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Pakistan The group No to Harassment hosted a seminar and discussion about how a woman is #notanobject. From a write-up on the “No to Harassment” blog: “The seminar highlighted the mindsets, myths, cultural dilemma and perceptions on street harassment in Pakistan through an opening activity ‘Street Harassment: One thought,’ a panel discussion & an ending activity ‘Street Harassment 101.’ While some shared their experiences of sexual assault on the streets, others wrote about immodest behavior and dressing as being the cause of street harassment. The responses showed how diverse and divided opinions on the rights and the wrongs in lieu of street harassment were. This also highlighted the influence of cultural prejudices and traditional misconceptions that were upheld under the banner of modesty and family respect.”

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“The highlight of the seminar was the panel discussion that was conducted with the collaboration of Dark is Divine. Fatima Lodhi, convener of Dark Is Divine, moderated the panel session. Dr. Rakshinda Perveen CEO/Cofounder SACHET, Mr. Irfan Haider Director Operations, Group Development & Ms. Summara Raza, lawyer and educationist were the speakers for the session. Discussion revolved around key topics that included cultural biases, bystander interventions, legal protections and role of police as well as personal stories of the speakers that highlighted how rampant street harassment in Pakistan is… The campaign was also supported by Women in Rotaract, Pakistan Liberation Movement and Hollaback! Lahore. It was an effort to highlight the issue of street harassment in Pakistan and ignite a dialogue to engage all stakeholders to address street harassment.”

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Peru Paremos el Acoso Callejero held a discussion about street harassment and raised awareness over social media.

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Romania FILIA: Centre for Curriculum Development and Gender Studies and HollaBack! Romania held an �Anti-street harassment evening� during which they showed documentaries/video clips and held a debate about street harassment. They organized a public action in a park to raise awareness and to share fliers with information about street harassment and also write chalk messages, have discussions with people and hold a flashmob about the importance of bystander intervention and avoiding victim-blaming attitudes. They also appeared on a local TV talk show.

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SERBIA Equity Youth Association did flyering and handed out graphics and info across the city with information from their recently conducted survey, and hosted a chalk walk with local university students in a city park that is notorious for being a high-harassment area.

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South Korea Korean and expat bands rocked out in aid of women’s causes at Ladies’ Night. Ten acts, including Guten Birds, Baekma and Oops Nice played at the concert, which supported feminist community Disruptive Voices. They timed the event to fall over International Anti-Street Harassment Week and talked about street harassment at the event.

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TRINIDAd & TOBAGO Womantra participated in the Stop Telling Women to Smile wheat pasting. The group said, “It is our hope that clear messaging about street harassment will encourage women and men to engage with how they engage each other and give space for ‘everyday’ and normalized oppression to be deconstructed head on, without apology and not shying away from the deep misogyny that underpins male entitlement to women’s attention, space and bodies.”

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TURKEY HollaBack! Izmir held a street harassment forum, a banner-making workshop, a panel discussion, and street awareness-raising activity.

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Bristol, UK Community members took part in the Stop Telling Women to Smile International Night of Wheat Pasting.

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London, UK The British Transit Police released the marketing video “Report It to Stop It� for their anti-harassment transit campaign Project Guardian.

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London, UK Rape Crisis UK teamed up with fashion photographer PEROU on new campaign #ThisDoesntMeanYes to dispel the myths around what constitutes consent. They photographed nearly 200 women and officially launched the campaign at www.thisdoesntmeanyes.com on April 15. In their press release they wrote: “PEROU photographed women who were chosen at random in a pop-up street studio, capturing and empowering each individual in a composition that each felt natural to them. Our aim: to show through our collection of images, that no matter what a woman is wearing, she is never ‘asking for it’ and the mentality ‘she wants it’ is fundamentally wrong.”

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London, UK After Gay Harrin member Patricia Macleod was interviewed by a local paper about her and her girlfriend's experiences of sexist and homophobic street harassment in Harringay, North London, they issued an open invitation to local residents for a public discussion of how to tackle harassment within the community. They held the meeting during the week and 13 people attended, including two representatives from a local LGBT charity and two police officers. Collectively, they came up with a number of measures to take individually and as a group and arranged to meet again in one month's time. Patricia said, “The police officers in attendance told us that they rarely received reports about harassment, whilst the charity representatives told us of the appalling hate-crime and harassment statistics in the area. The disjunct between the two was striking and the need to take action not just in terms of awareness, but also in encouraging reporting, became apparent. The police officers were very helpful and sensitive and were ultimately able to provide very practical advice us on reporting processes.�

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London, UK Annie Rose Tisshaw organized friends and community members to post 400 stickers around their area!

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Nottingham, UK HollaBack! Nottingham hosted a clay workshop. They discussed street harassment and methods for dealing with it while creating clay artwork for an upcoming exhibit. They also held a Zine workshop where people made collages, scribbles, doodles, and shared their thoughts, memories, experiences and stories.

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York, UK HollaBack! York celebrated their site launch with a workshop, flyering, a chalk walk, and they conducted a street harassment survey.

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Uruguay Observatorio Contra el Acoso Callejero Uruguay raised awareness on social media and organized a televised debate on street harassment.

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ZIMBABWE The Women Against Street Harassment Movement spoke at schools, handed out fliers, hung posters, appeared on radio and television, and invited people to sign petitions regarding street harassment.

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Efforts in the U.S.A.

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New York City AND PHILADELPHIA The largest activism in the USA took place in both New York City and Philadelphia. Pussy Division (in Philly) partnered with Feminist Apparel (in NYC) to design and put up more than 50 anti-street harassment street signs in their respective cities. Street signs said "no catcalling at any time" and called for an end to street harassment. They were cited in dozens of news articles around the world! One of the organizers said, “We had so much positive feedback. A lot of people shared harassment that just happened to them and said they were happy to see the sign and feel less alone….Many people commented on Instagram pics and twitter that they love the project. As with any project on this subject, there were detractors. Some people thought the signs were aimed to convince people to stop street harassment which is tough. The signs ignited conversations on the internet and in real life about street harassment and so for us, it was a huge success.”

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Arizona . Hey Baby: Art Against Sexual Violence hosted a chalking in downtown Tucson.

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CALIFORNIA The Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center held a chalk walk in Santa Barbara.

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Colorado HollaBack! Mile High in Denver encouraged people to write messages on white boards about their experiences -- using the hashtag #ThisIsHarassment -- and sharing them on social media.

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District of COLUMBIA George Washington University Feminist Student Union created a photo campaign in which GW students held a sign with an example of street harassment that has happened to them.

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Zerlina Maxwell spoke about campus sexual assault, rape culture, street harassment and feminist leadership at Georgetown University. Members of the Women’s Center joined Stop Street Harassment in tabling before her talk.

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AREA WMATA, Stop Street Harassment, Collective Action for Safe Spaces, DC Rape Crisis Center, and the Rally Against Rape organizers distributed information about harassment at five Metro stations.

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Collective Action for Safe Spaces hosted their 6th anniversary party, “Lights, Camera, Collective Action!”

Stop Street Harassment and the Gay District hosted Nigerian LGBT activist Bisi Alimi at the DC Center and participated in the STWTS Wheat Pasting.

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Batala!, Stop Street Harassment, Collective Action for Safe Spaces, and Defend Yourself hosted street action, drumming, chalking and flyering on the final day of the week.

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Defend Yourself hosted a self-defense class for 20 fourth and fifth grade girls at Community Bridges.

Marty Langelan & Associates held two harassment intervention skills workshops, one for a larger community organization in SE and one at Georgetown Law School.

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FLORIDA Citizens Against Street Harassment did sidewalk chalking in Miami along the Lincoln Road pedestrian walkway.

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Georgia Hollaback! Atlanta hosted “Let Me HOLLA at You – A Panel Discussion,” presented by Tayler Mathews and Clark Atlanta University’s Women’s Initiative Program. Member Kiersten Smith hosted a HOLLA Coffee Hour and Jessica Caldas organized sidewalk chalking.

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Champaign, Illinois Volunteers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne campus hosted a number of events.

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CHICAGO, Illinois Stop Telling Women to Smile artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh gave a talk about her work and did wheat pasting in Chicago at the Women Made Gallery.

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Des Moines, Iowa Hollaback! Des Moines organized their 3rd Annual Chalk Walk to End Street Harassment.

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Iowa City, Iowa The University of Iowa Rape Victim Advocacy Program and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority hosted an info session about what street harassment is and how to safely intervene in harassment situations and did a white board awarenessraising event. They used #Hawkeyesdontharass to show support.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa The Ending Street Harassment in Iowa City group did sidewalk chalking and participated in the Stop Telling Women to Smile Night of Wheat Pasting.

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Louisiana HollaBack! New Orleans organized sidewalk chalking and participated in the Stop Telling Women to Smile International Night of Wheat Pasting.

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Baltimore, Maryland HollaBack! Bmore and FORCE held a photo shoot across the week, around the city. They also joined the Stop Telling Women to Smile International Night of Wheat Pasting.

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Baltimore, Maryland University of Maryland Baltimore County included information about street harassment at their annual Take Back the Night event.

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Maryland STREETWISE hosted a Basics of Self Defense Class. This 4-hour hands-on workshop gave attendees the confidence, knowledge and strength to feel empowered in a life-threatening situation.

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Boston, Massachusetts “Street Harassment is Not a Game” street action was hosted by Safe Hub Collective in Boston. “We invited women, people of color, trans and gender nonconforming people, queer folks, and disabled people to bring their jump ropes, balls, sidewalk chalk, and favorite playground songs to send the message that *street harassment is not a game*. It is violence. And it is hurtful.”

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Boston, Massachusetts Guerrilla Feminism Boston compiled a homemade zine and hosted a chalk walk. “This is a safe(r) space for marginalized folks: Black women, queer people, Trans WoC, gender non conforming persons of color.�

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Guerrilla Feminism Boston also participated in the Stop Telling Women to Smile International Night of Wheat Pasting. At both events, they said several men stopped and were angry, told them men are harassed too, or said harassment isn’t a big deal, it’s just a compliment. On the other hand, several women stopped to thank them and give high fives. One woman said, “Bless you. I walk down this street sometimes and feel so disrespected. Thank you for this work.”

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Minnesota HollaBack! Twin Cities hosted chalking events at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. They said it was very successful and participants had a few good conversations with passers-by.

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MONTANA Community members in Missoula participated in the Stop Telling Women to Smile International Night of Wheat Pasting.

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Missouri University of Missouri Kansas City Women’s Center did chalking on campus and invited students to stop by the center to learn about street harassment.

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NEBRASKA Radical Notion and the Sociology Club at Hastings College began the week on Monday by handing out "Cats Against Catcalls" stickers on campus. On Tuesday, they showed the film "Out In the Night" followed by a panel discussion. On Wednesday, they chalked the sidewalks with statistics about street harassment and other anti-street harassment phrases. On Thursday, they placed informational flyers on cars that were parked on campus. And, on Friday, they held a "Talk-In" about street harassment.

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New Mexico The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at the University of New Mexico held an informational session and tabled on campus.

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NeVADA HollaBack! Las Vegas hosted two chalk walks – including one at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in partnership with the Jean Nidetch Women’s Center -and a free self-defense class.

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Brooklyn, New York The Brooklyn Movement Center, #NoDisrespect (ND) and Audre Lorde Project's

Safe OUTside the System Collective (S.O.S.) hosted a panel making connections between sexualized, gendered, and police harassment. The panelists were: Ceci Pineda (S.O.S.), Darnell L. Moore (Activist/Senior Editor at MicNews), zakia henderson brown (No Disrespect). Afterward, they split into four groups visioning solutions through prevention, intervention, support, and accountability.

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Manhattan, New York Hollaback!, Queen Godis, and 31 co-sponsoring organizations held an antistreet harassment rally in Washington Square Park. The orgs included Window Sex Project, SAFER NYC, NYC Anti-Violence Project, Sayfty, STEPS to End Family Violence, NY Asian Women’s Center, NOW Virtual – Young Feminists and Allies, Women in Media and News, and YWCA of Brooklyn. There were 18 speakers and performers, a self-defense demonstration and sidewalk chalking.

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north Carolina SSH campaign manager Britnae Purdy hosted a charity yoga class at Durham Yoga Company. Street harassment takes a toll on our mental well-being and this was an opportunity to take some time to re-center and focus on self-love during this free yoga class! She gave out SSH-themed gift bags.

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Ohio In Athens, The People’s Justice League painted a mural to announce the week, set up a small art installation in three small rural towns nearby and they received local press in the Athens News announcing their departure from Hollaback! Along with EMBODY Consent they hosted a screen printing table where students and community members could come by with t-shirts, pillow cases and other articles of clothing to have one of several available Cats Against Cat Calls designs printed free of charge. They attended the Take Back the Night Rally, led a chalk walk, and hosted a screening of the film “Cairo 678.” Director Sarah Fick said, “A reporter from the Ohio University student paper attended our chalk walk as a participant. We chalked around a house that has been reported on our blog multiple times for aggressive harassment. The house was flagged with a banner for the newly elected student senate. The reporter is now doing an expose on the culture of the newly elected student leadership. We had a great discussion both before and after the screening of ‘Cairo 678’ about the Egyptian Revolution in 2010 and our personal feelings/reactions to it at that time. The Athens Film Fest had just happened a week or two ago. They screened ‘Nefertiti's Daughters,’ so it was already on people's minds.”

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Philadelphia, pennsylvania S..A.F.E. at Temple University held an event focusing on street safety and ways to be prepared. They had a self-defense demonstration as well as various tabling activities related to street harassment and sexual violence.

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Philadelphia, pennsylvania Touch Me Philly Productions debuted “Reasonable Fear: A Series on Street Harassment and Rape Culture.� Touch Me Philly Productions presented two weeks of theatre and events starting April 16 exploring the topics of street harassment & rape culture. This series included a main stage theatrical production, workshops, comedy, films & more. Nine short plays were chosen from their open submission call to create our Main Stage Theatrical Production.

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Philadelphia, pennsylvania FAAN Mail held their fifth annual rally and community engagement event at LOVE Park.

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Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania Leading up to the week in late March, Holly Kearl facilitated a workshop on activism and presented a lecture on street harassment. During the week, the Susquehanna University Women's Studies program hosted their 3rd annual Chalk the Walk. Students, faculty, and staff wrote pro-respect and anti-street harassment messages on the main thoroughfare on campus. (Photos by Paul Weaver)

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Scranton, Pennsylvania “The Scranton Area Foundation’s Park Collaborative Project brought together various groups to offer community members advice on how to stay safe in their neighborhoods and parks during the SHARE fair (Street Harassment Awareness, Response and Education). The West Scranton Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch, University of Scranton students and representatives from the Jane Kopas Women’s Center joined Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano and various performing arts groups to help spread awareness. “This is a way to help people identify ... as well as give them some techniques on how to defuse it,” said Nezka Pfeifer…” (Via The Times Tribune)

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Texas Bro Models participated in the Stop Telling Women to Smile International Night of Wheat Pasting in McAllen and Edinburg, Texas

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UTAH In Salt Lake City, Fearless Self Defense hosted a “Take Back The Streets With Chalk!” event and were interviewed by the local news.

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Richmond, Virginia Hollaback! RVA held a Bystander Intervention Workshop in Richmond.

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WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia The Lambda Alliance and VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood at the College of William and Mary teamed up to host an event each day of the week, including a whiteboard campaign, film screening, workshop/forum, and several other events.

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WASHINGTON Seattle community members participated in the Stop Telling Women to Smile International Night of Wheat Pasting.

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Online Activism From tweet chats to posting images on social media to sharing stories on blogs and Tumblr, a lot of people raised awareness about street harassment online.

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Tweet Chats & Goolge+ HAngouts There were two Google+ hangout chats, numerous tweet chats, and an international tweet-a-thon across the week.

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GIRLS SPEAK Girls Speak created shareable graphics for the week.

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ART WORK Various people created and shared art work online.

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Creative Hashtags #WhatMySHsaid (What my street harasser said) and #HoundsAgainstHarassment

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