TWWI Hosts Community Open Mic in Harlem for International Anti-Street Harassment Week
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The Women Worldwide Initiative Hosts Community Open Mic in Harlem as Part of International Anti-Street Harassment Week
International Anti-Street Harassment Week Aims to Tackle Global Problem
[New York, New York]: On Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., The Women Worldwide Initiative (TWWI) will host a community open mic at Astor Row Café in Harlem to participate in the second International Anti-Street Harassment Week, observed from March 30 – April 5. The Women Worldwide Initiative is one of more than 100 groups in 23 countries participating in the awareness-raising week to tackle the prevalent social problem of street harassment.
TWWI in partnership with Wordat4F is organizing the community open mic to advocate for the safety of women and girls in public spaces by educating bystanders and empowering women through storytelling and poetry. Women and girls will be encouraged to speak in between acts about their experiences with street harassment. Attendees will create signs and notecards speaking out against street harassment and raising the profile of this issue in the community.
Founder and Executive Director of TWWI, Uraidah Hassani explains, “Street harassment is so normalized that many do not recognize the need to challenge it. Most people who are not harassed do not realize how much it happens and how dangerous it can be. Women and girls have a right to feel safe in public spaces, just as men do. This week is about challenging the status quo of street harassment in our community, raising awareness of the issue and how it negatively impacts the lives of women and girls, and empowering bystanders to step up to protect women and girls who are harassed.”
Around the world, most women and many LGBTQ individuals face street harassment. The problems for women begin happening early: a 2008 study found that nearly 25 percent of 12-year-old girls face street harassment. International Anti-Street Harassment Week coincides with Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the U.S. as it encourages people to speak out about harassment and see the connection between harassment on the street and sexual assault.
Last year’s International Anti-Street Harassment Week activities impacted tens of thousands of people around the world. The Internet, streets, and classrooms swelled with discussions, messages, stories, and reclamations of public spaces. More than 150 groups from 22 countries and 6 continents participated.
Any individual can participate in the week by sharing stories on and offline. Visit http://www.MeetUsontheStreet.org for more information about the week and how to be involved.
The Women Worldwide Initiative
The Women Worldwide Initiative (TWWI) is a non-profit organization with the mission to empower women and girls to strengthen their own capacities as decision-makers. TWWI’s mentorship programs and small-scale international development projects are dedicated to poverty eradication through youth development, and social and economic empowerment of women and girls in low-income communities in New York City and developing countries. Their programs have impacted over 60 young women and girls in inner cities in New York, 30 children in the Dominican Republic and 400 children in Zambia, as well as empowered over 300 members of the communities they serve through arts events such as Love, Light & Lyrics. Learn more: http://www.womenworldwideinitiative.org
Word at 4F
Word at 4F is a grassroots traveling bilingual open mic series and community, whose aim is to cultivate a love of bilingual spoken word, poetry and a literature in the Uptown (Washington Heights, Inwood & Bronx Communities) of New York City.