It started with a conversation.
Two sisters, 15 and 21, spoke about how they experience the world as young women.
How they feel scared walking home at night.
How they feel anxious in an empty train carriage.
How they feel sexualised in their school uniform.
They raged about the fact that public sexual harassment is belitted, ignored and normalised. And they decided to do something.
IT LED TO A MOVEMENT.
Channelling this anger into change, they decided to start a petition.
Hundreds of women and girls went online to share their stories of being insulted, followed and assaulted in public space. Soon enough, thousands of voices were joining the Our Streets Now movement, tired of harassment being a ‘normal’ part of being a girl.
Our Streets Now became a community determined to challenge the myths and taboos stopping this topic from being discussed, and challenged, out in the open.
Our Streets Now is a national campaign demanding an end to public sexual harassment
Here's how :
As a society, we need to have a conversation
about public sexual harassment (PSH).
We need to centre the impact of PSH.
We need to recognise the prevalence of PSH.
We need to educate our children to end PSH .
Our laws reflect our society, so we need specific legislation
tackling this issue.
Public sexual harassment must be made a criminal offence.
Countries across the world have introduced legislation tackling PSH,
why can’t we?
Tell us your story of street harassment.
Your voice is powerful. Your story is important.