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Hollaback to stop Street Harassment

How many of you, especially the working women got harassed on street, on a running bus, train or even in the market? How many of you’ve got timely assistance, on such a difficult situation? And more importantly how many of you filed a complaint instead of being a silent victim?

You won’t get in to such situations anymore. Hollaback! is a movement dedicated to ending street harassment using mobile technology. Street harassment is one of the most pervasive forms of gender-based violence and one of the least legislated against. Comments from “You’d look good on me” to groping, flashing and assault are a daily, global reality for women . But it is rarely reported, and it’s culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman.

Everyone has a right to feel safe and confident without being objectified. Sexual harassment is a gateway crime that creates a cultural environment that makes gender-based violence OK. There exists a clear legal framework to reproach sexual harassment and abuse in the home and at work, but when it comes to the streets—all bets are off.

This gap isn’t because street harassment hurts any less, it’s because there hasn’t been a solution. Until now. The explosion of mobile technology has given us an unprecedented opportunity to end street harassment—and with it, the opportunity to take on one of the final new frontiers for women’s rights around the word.

Visit http://www.ihollaback.org/ to know more about this movement, and know how you can get involved in that movement, and help yourself from being a victim next time. This service is not available in India now, but it may come anytime soon with the help of hollaback.org or affiliated organizations.

       
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