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 â€œYouâ€™d look good on meâ€ to groping, flashing and assault are a daily, global reality for women . ButÂ it is rarely reported, and itâ€™s culturally accepted as â€˜the price you payâ€™ 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 streetsâ€”all bets are off.
This gap isnâ€™t because street harassment hurts any less, itâ€™s because there hasnâ€™t been a solution. Until now. The explosion of mobile technology has given us an unprecedented opportunity to end street harassmentâ€”and with it, the opportunity to take on one of the final new frontiers for womenâ€™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.