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Women's Emancipation and Civil Society OrganisationsChallenging or Maintaining the Status Quo?$
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Christina Schwabenland, Chris Lange, Jenny Onyx, and Sachiko Nakagawa

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324775

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324775.001.0001

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Street harassment activism in the twenty-first century

Street harassment activism in the twenty-first century

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(p.69) Four Street harassment activism in the twenty-first century
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Women's Emancipation and Civil Society Organisations
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Rochelle Keyhan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324775.003.0004

The experience of gender-based violence, and the internalised shame and self-blame that so often accompanies it, hinders the full emancipation of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT) members of society. This chapter examines CSOs currently working toward ending street harassment. Technological advances have created innovative options for today’s CSOs to unite in unprecedented ways. Modern activism will be highlighted through a case study of Hollaback!, an international network of unified activists who simultaneously work locally and globally to fight street harassment. Research and academic discussion about street harassment and the culture that sustains it have lagged far behind global anti-street harassment activism. Street harassment activists emphasize shifting cultural perspective to a perpetrator-focused, survivor-centred approach that supports survivors. The chapter concludes with an analysis of how the internet has provided organizations and activists the capacity to embrace intersectional and cross-cultural ideals.

Keywords:   street harassment, gender based violence, Hollaback, Internet, women

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