Meet Us on the Street: International Anti-Street Harassment Week is a program of Stop Street Harassment that has a simple goal: “to collectively raise awareness that street harassment happens and that it’s not okay.” The initiative began on March 20, 2011 when it was known as International Anti-Street Harassment Day. Accordingly, more than 2,000 people from at least thirteen countries participated on that one day. In 2012, the initiative expanded from a single day into an entire week. Over one hundred groups from more than twenty countries co-sponsored the week. Consequently, thousands of people supported this initiative via online activism, sidewalk chalk parties, rallies, events, and marches.
So how can you become involved?
April 12 and 13 are the core days of this week-long initiative. The main website states, “Across the same 48-hour-period we encourage people all over the world to take action in public spaces to very visibly spread our messages and reclaim those spaces. Whether you’re by yourself or in a small or large group, your presence and your voice matters.”
Moreover, here are a couple ideas that Meet Us on the Street suggests doing on those two days:
“1) Spread no harassment, pro-respect messages with sidewalk chalk or mud, by posting or handing out fliers, or by standing in a group and holding signs in a busy area.
2) Organize or participate in street theater, impromptu skits on public transportation, or some other type of surprising guerrilla action.”
Moreover, you can show your support for the initiative all week long by tweeting with #EndSHWeek, sharing your incidents of street harassment with somebody, changing your Facebook profile picture to an image that spreads awareness of Meet Us on the Street, or by telling others about the importance of this week.
Here’s an image of what people around the world have done in the past: