Let’s talk about street harassment: A conversation and creative ideas session
Thursday 20th October
Some of us are very concerned about street harassment we have been witnessing in our streets and other public spaces in Bradford. This is a problem which needs to be addressed and we all have a part to play. We want to see an end to this, and we want to explore what we can do to take action – to educate, raise awareness and change attitudes so that street harassment becomes unacceptable in our city.
What is street harassment?
“Gender-based street harassment is unwanted comments, gestures, and actions forced on a stranger in a public place without their consent and is directed at them because of their actual or perceived sex, gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation.”
Street harassment is a human rights issue because it limits harassed persons’ ability to be in public, especially women’s. Read the United Nations’ stance on the issue.
(From Stop Street Harassment website http://www.stopstreetharassment.org/about/what-is-street-harassment/
This is a informal session to explore and share conversation and creative ideas about how we can tackle street harassment. Everyone is welcome!
We’ll capture the conversation and ideas through the making of a collective zine (a DIY magazine) and we’ll sharing the knowledge we’ve gained and the distribute the zine at Bradford Women of the World Festival 4-6th November, at which there will be a panel discussion about street harassment.
We’ll hear from women who have led and worked on campaigns in Bradford to combat street harassment including Samayya Afzal previous Women’s and Campaigns Officer at University of Bradford Union of Students, and others who have worked with interfaith groups. We’ll also hear from men who are actively trying to combat the issue and about what they want to do to raise awareness among other men.
We also welcome any other contributions – so if you have a perspective, experience, viewpoint or have information, resources or campaigns you think we should know about we would love to hear from you! Come along to the session, or you can also get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org