Today sees us marking the first annual Anti Street-Harassment Day with a piece that is sure to invigorate and inspire! In our latest feature regular Uplifter Dearbhaile Kitt takes a look at the growing anti street-harassment movement. Speaking to some of the key figures working to put a stop to this most anti-social sexist practise, including Julia Gray of HollabackLDN and founder of LASH Vicky Simister, Dearbhaile gives us a clear picture of what we are dealing with on our streets and how we can work to combat it.
“Alright, darlin’!” shouts a builder across the road. Whilst wheeling my bike along, “I’d let you ride me” is the hushed comment from a man who passes me. And from a crawling car “Are you working?”
I’m not alone in experiencing encounters like this. Whenever I mention these instances of street harassment to my friends, they have just as many stories of whistles, cat calls and unwanted propositions to share. In the past women have had little opportunity to discuss these experiences with a wider circle outside of their friendship group, but this is changing. I spoke to the young women involved in a growing movement that is aiming to get not only women talking about their daily experiences of street harassment, but society.