The warm weather may bring out sunny moods in many people, but it's a time that sees an increase in catcalls, leering and other offensive behaviour, which is why activists are calling on people around the world to participate in the first ever International Anti-Street Harassment Day, on Sunday, March 20.
"Street harassment is something most women deal with year-round, but, without fail, each spring the warmer weather and longer daylight hours bring an increase in street harassment," according to StopStreetHarassment.com, a website founded by Holly Kearl, a U.S.-based street harassment expert.
"Too often our stories and experiences with street harassment are silenced, dismissed as trivial annoyances or portrayed as a compliment," the site goes on to say. "Let's remind everyone that spring is no excuse for harassing women."
Men and women in cities including Cairo, Capetown, London, Mexico City and Toronto will participate in the day by sharing stories online, handing out materials and conducting surveys, according to the site.
Street harassment includes sexually explicit comments, catcalls, groping, leering, stalking and assault, and more than 80 per cent of women have encountered it, the site says.
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