fight street harassment

Women in Jordan are fighting back against street harassment using martial arts skills they learned at self-defense class. 26-year-old Rasha Salih was able to fend off a would-be rapist using tips she picked up in her SheFighter class.

“I was able to overcome my fear and protect myself. It was an incredible feeling,” she said.

Read more via The Guardian
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A few highlights:

Las Hijas de Violencia, a group of women in Mexico who fight street harassment by firing confetti guns at the harassers and singing punk music.

Balkissa Chaibou, who risked her life by saying no to being married off to her cousin when she was 16 years old. She’s now a campaigner taking a stand against forced marriage for girls.

The three judges who made history by convicting a commander for rapes committed by his troops during a conflict.

Negin Khpalwak, the 19-year-old who leads an Afghan all-female orchestra who risk their lives by playing music. It is the first ever all-female ensemble in the country’s history.

Reshma Qureshi, the woman who survived an acid attack and went on to walk in a show at New York Fashion Week.

We begin to believe that we do not belong in certain surroundings, certain environments because we are women, because it will “invite” an unwanted and toxic encroachment. It will pour into us a certain inescapable sense of shame, a periodic dehumanization that very often can’t be expressed because there is no common or universally acceptable language to address our grief. This is when I decided I wanted to speak back, speak loud and take space without apologies. I realized we had to stop receding, stop abbreviating our own bodies till we are merely a collection of organs and memories, which was what they want of us in the first place.

Meet the Hijas de Violencia (the Daughters of Violence), a Mexico City collective that fights street harassment with confetti guns and punk rock. 

anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm 13 and I've recently been catcalled on. I didn't realize it then because I didnt really educate myself on these things. He kept following me, and telling me I was pretty. I didn't know what to do. Now i keep remondong myself pf this, keep thinking of what I could of done differently. Now sometimes i get scared that this will happen again, cause I live in a big city. I just thought that maybe you knew what to do. Like what to say or do if this happens. Thanks, and I love your art.

I’m sorry this happened to you/ I’m sadly not surprised that this happened to you. It happens a lot, to a lot of women, to girls, to members of the LGBTQ+ community, and chances are, it will happen again. I’m not saying this to scare you, I’m saying this because it’s true, and there is no sense in pretending it isn’t.

I recently wrote a blog post about being catcalled about a week or two ago. I’m much older than you, and I’ve read a bunch of feminist books and I call myself a feminist badass from time to time, but in that moment when this drunk old man was making kissy faces at me in the street, I froze, said nothing, then I walked away, kicking myself for not being braver. The truth is I was scared. I’ve been raised to be scared of strange men on the street, and many men get off on that fear. I think it is a combination of knowing that we are often too scared to fight back, and feeding off of our fear to make themselves feel more powerful that compels some men to catcall. Any person that tries to convince you that it is a compliment to be catcalled is either lying or a complete idiot who doesn’t realize how threatening it actually feels. The worst part is that if we do stand up for ourselves, if we fight back, we either get hurt or we’re no longer the sweet and passive victims that people are compelled to feel sorry for and we get told we were asking for it. 

So my advice to you is that if this happens again, don’t acknowledge the catcaller and run to safety. It might seem cowardly, but why put yourself at risk when these guys probably wont get it anyway. Then, when you get home, use that anger and hurt as a motivator to educate yourself, to learn more about activist groups, artists and movements who fight against street harassment and see how you can join their cause. Or write or draw or just making something about your experience and share it with others. The only way to change our culture is to speak up about what is going on, but there is value in finding the right people to speak to. Forgive yourself for being afraid, because fear is a form of self-preservation. You are strong even when you are afraid. 

The next drawing I post is for you <3