Category: The Movement

Nicola’s Got Nerve

Safety in Numbers for WomenShortly after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, I moved to New York City, where I went out exploring neighborhoods alone and primarily on foot. A lot of my friends from school had been from out of state, and so that first year I was pretty much on my own to experience … Continued

Nicola’s Got Nerve

DNA evidence a real solace for survivors of sexual assault Recently, another sexual predator in the New York City subway system was caught with an analysis of his DNA. From 2002 to 2005, Manhattan prosecutors say that the suspect, Darnell Hardware, was charged with rubbing himself up against young women on packed subway cars. With … Continued

Progress or not? No misbehaving. No eve-teasing.

BY EMILY MAY This sign was found by Blank Noise Project, an amazing anti-street-harassment project in India. The sign looks like progress, but is it really? Let’s talk a look at the language. You might already know that “eve-teasing” in India is similar to “catcalling” in English, or “piropos” in Spanish. But “misbehaving” also has … Continued

Nicola’s Got Nerve

Opening up fields of awareness, Part 2 Last week this column talked about the need to become more aware in public, in an effort to avoid being the target of unwelcome interactions with strangers. If we keep in mind that the people around us everyday on public transportation and out on the street could be … Continued

18 Days Without Street Harassment

BY EMILY MAY   What would a world without street harassment look like? It’s easy to describe what it would not be but trying to imagine how the world would change in the absence of harassment, groping, public masturbation, assault? Much harder. That is unless you live in Egypt.   “I have lived the dream,” … Continued

Modesty and Outrage.

BY EMILY MAY The announcement was just made in The Times of India today: “Sexually harassing women or outraging their modesty will soon be non-bailable offences in the state. The government has sought amendment of Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which deals with assault or use of criminal force on women with … Continued

Only hours left in the campaign!

BY EMILY MAY I’ve been in Cairo, Egypt this week at the UNWomen Safe Cities conference – and what a week it’s been. There will be more blogging about it tomorrow when I jump on the plane, but in these final hours of the “I’ve Got Your Back” campaign I wanted to tell you one … Continued