Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Say NO to Street Harrassment

May 5, 2007
1pm – 5pm

Teen Women Say "NO!" to Street Harassment

Sisters in Strength is a group of ten teen women interning with Girls for Gender Equity, a grassroots organization based in Bed-Stuy, who are tired of the fear they feel when walking down the street. On May 5th, they will host the first summit on this issue in New York City entitled “Sisters in Strength Strikes Back: Our Struggle with Street Harassment” at the Grand Street Settlement Beacon Center at Marta Valle Secondary School (145 Stanton Street, New York, NY) to speak out about this unwanted behavior and strategize on how women and men can begin to work toward safe streets for all.

“War Zone gave me a deeper understanding of the issue of street harassment. It showed me the mentality of men, and I realized that I deserve better. It also made me want to teach young people that there are different ways to approach a woman that don’t have to be disrespectful,” says 17-year-old organizer Toccarra Baguma.

The Street Harassment Summit is a free public event for education, community interaction, and the sharing of personal stories. War Zone (directed by Maggie Hadleigh West) and a short film created by the Sisters in Strength interns will be screened and workshops will be offered on different issues – such as strategies for ending street harassment, how women can respond to street harassment safely, how street harassment effects the GLBTQ population, and how men can be allies to victims of harassment. Women, men, girls and boys of all ages are welcome to attend and learn about this overlooked issue.

All attendees will receive a gift bag including items from our sponsors: 5 Boroughs Ice Cream, Babylon Mall, Bust Magazine, Carly Couture, Collective Elements, DollsLikeMe.com, Feminist Review blog, GirlBomb, Girlie Pants, I am Femtastic, Jade and Pearl, Lifeway Foods, Monkeyboy Clothing Co., MyMy, Ready two Go, Red Dress Shoppe, Re-Surface, RightRides, Samy Salon, Shape of Water, Steaz Organic Beverages, Tam Aura Design, Tekserve, Tung Gear, WholeSoy.

For more information on the work of Girls for Gender Equity visit www.ggenyc.org For updates about the Street Harassment Summit or to RSVP, visit www.myspace.com/sistersinstrength or email sisters@ggenyc.org.

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