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Students hit the road to fight street harassment in Kuala Lumpur – in pictures
December 8, 2017 – 5:34 am | No Comment

On a global day of action for sexual and bodily rights in Muslim societies, Malaysian students stood against harassment in public spaces.

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The organising team from Sisters in Islam sported shirts reading “Muslim Women Speak.” Credit: CSBR.

 

“Cats are cute, catcalls are not”; “Don’t keep calm and stop sexual harassment”; “My name is not baby.” These were some of the slogans on signs floating above a group of about 40 people gathered at Petaling Jaya city council square, in greater Kuala Lumpur last month.

The university students and activists chose to highlight fights against street harassment in the Malaysian capital as part of the annual ‘One Day One Struggle’ campaign, on 9 November, organised by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies.

Armed with audio samples of common verbal insults and catcalls, they invited passersby to listen, share their own experiences, and show support for the anti-harassment campaign.

“Cats are cute, catcalls are not”

One of the organisers Andi Suraidah said the action was inspired by “rising awareness as a result of #MeToo campaign globally.” She said: “The time could not have been better to ride on the campaign by bringing it to the local level.”

“As a woman, being harassed on the street is not uncommon,” she said, describing having to wear “clothes that will attract less attention” and “assessing my surrounding consistently when going out alone.”

She added: “The experience of harassment could even be worse, depending on which race or religion you belong to, if you do not fit within the stereotype of male/female framework; these elements give harassers extra bullets to attack you with.”


Credit: Empower Malaysia.

University of Malaya students conducted a survey with 113 respondents on campus. 80% said that they had experienced sexual harassment in public spaces before.

There is little official data on street harassment in Malaysia. There are statistics on gender-based violence, but street harassment specifically is poorly documented.


Credit: Sisters in Islam.

Activists participating in the anti-street harassment action posed for a photo. One member of the team captured it on video.

Sisters in Islam, one of the organising groups, is a leading Malaysian organisation advocating for women’s rights within the framework of Islam and human rights.


Credit: Sisters in Islam.

Passersby were intrigued by the campaign. Some stopped to listen to audio samples prepared by students with examples of common verbal insults and catcalls.

This creative tactic was designed to encourage reflection and conversations on how one could respond and intervene when witnessing street harassment.


Credit: Sisters in Islam

University students talk to members of the public collecting pledges to combat street harassment.

The action engaged passersby to think of everyday personal actions they could take to build a culture of respect.


Credit: Sisters in Islam

Sisters in Islam staff member Zaffan Ariffin acted as a ‘group leader’ for five university students talking to the public to raise awareness against street harassment during the action.

They used sandwich boards to highlight unwanted sexual advances that women commonly hear on the streets.


Credit: CSBR

Volunteers hold signs asking drivers to “Honk if you’re against sexual harassment”!

Suraidah, one of the organisers, said tackling mindsets is one strategy against street harassment. Another is anti-discrimination law and policy.


Credit: CSBR

The organising team from Sisters in Islam sported shirts reading “Muslim Women Speak.”

The group aims to amplify women’s rights within the frameworks of Islam, universal human rights, and democratic politics.

 

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By: Rima Athar and Bérengère Sim

About the authors: Rima Athar is coordinator of the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies. Bérengère Sim is a journalist based in Paris.

Re-Posted from: 50.50 Open Democracy, published 8 December 2017.

Video: Sustainable Development Goals & LGBTI+ Organizing in Turkey – WWHR & Lambdaistanbul
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Video: Sustainable Development Goals & LGBTI+ Organizing in Turkey – WWHR & Lambdaistanbul

Want to understand more about the intersections between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and gender equality? Then take a look at Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR)–New Ways’ new video series on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnsmoVllXaROEw1KJWSr7Ow!
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CSBR at the RRRAP Summit: Rights, Resources and Resilience in Asia Pacific

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Stress management, burnout prevention, and self-care – Reflections from Nazariya, a Queer Feminist Resource Group | ODOS2017

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One Day One Struggle 2017 – Bigger & Brighter than ever!

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Toppling Walls, Building Bridges: The Rise & Prospects of New Global Feminism
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Toppling Walls, Building Bridges: The Rise & Prospects of New Global Feminism

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EIPR demands the immediate release of detainees and warns against violations in detention EIPR calls on the media to halt its hate speech and incitement against LGBTQI individuals

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Wednesday, 4 October, 2017

 
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Human rights and freedom of expression in Egypt – trapped between security services and the media
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Human rights and freedom of expression in Egypt – trapped between security services and the media

Human rights and freedom of expression in Egypt:
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“Stories of Faith & Sexuality” – CSBR hosts national level Digital Story Telling Workshop in Indonesia
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“Stories of Faith & Sexuality” – CSBR hosts national level Digital Story Telling Workshop in Indonesia

… and we’re off!
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Responding to Rape: Keep it Silent? Break the Silence! (Video)

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Resource: Rights at Risk – New report from Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs)
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Resource: Rights at Risk – New report from Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs)

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International Coalition Calls for Public Support to End Increasing Persecution of LGBT People in Indonesia

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A Workshop on Pleasure, Consent & Rights

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التسجيل للورشة الاقليمية حول جنسانية الفرد والأسرة

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Resource: FDI Legal Analysis of Transgender Persons Protection Bill 2017
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Resource: FDI Legal Analysis of Transgender Persons Protection Bill 2017

Forum for Dignity Initiatives-FDI is a research and advocacy forum working for the human rights of most marginalized groups both gender and sexual minorities in Pakistan. FDI is closely working at policy level evidence based …

Resource: Sariyani | Kapal Perempuan | (video)
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Resource: Sariyani | Kapal Perempuan | (video)

As part of ODOS 2016, Kapal Perempuan developed a video campaign, documenting the re-thinking on gender & sexual norms, and the deepening appreciation of human rights, as experienced by graduates of their Sekolah Perempuan (Women’s …

Reclaiming the Universality of Rights @ CSW61 (video)
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Reclaiming the Universality of Rights @ CSW61 (video)

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Letter to the Members of the UN Commission on the Status of Women
United Nations Economic and Social Council
The Commission on the Status of Women
6 March 2017
Dear Members of the UN Commission on the Status of …