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Shagufta K. Iqbal is a Bristol based poet and story–teller, below is a link to an wonderful piece of Shagufta’s latest work at the Inspiring Muslim Women conference at Bristol University last September. Shagufta says “I would like to think my work explores what it means to be a woman in a multi-cultured modern day Britain. Yet I am fully aware that essentially this just means: what is it to be human and how do we communicate the emotions that govern our everyday lives.”
We would like to say a huge thank you to all 431 of you who responded to our call and completed the global Hollaback! survey. Bristol had the highest number of responses out of the whole of the UK (even beating London!) which proves that Bristol really is a progressive city which cares about the issue of street harassment and together we can really make a change.
The full results of the survey will be released in the next month or so, so keep an eye out on the website or like us on Facebook to be kept up to date.
Whether we’re talking about the Loch Ness Monster or street harassment, we know don’t always have to see something to feel the threat of it. This third video in our series takes you on a walk with Michelle as she narrates her experience walking down the street.
Michelle begins, “Street harassment affects me before I even get on the street.” We spend the rest of the video learning her perspective and how past experiences with street harassment affect the way she feels in public spaces. Aden, the filmmaker, writes, “after speaking at length with Michelle about her life and her experiences with harassment, I decided to shift the focus from watching her to listening to her. I was struck by the often ignored reality that even when harassment isn’t happening in the moment, the possibility of it, the reminders of it, and the fear of it is ever present. Some have said the video may not go as “viral” as the first and I found that a powerful commentary on its own; that people would be willing to watch a woman get harassed over and over again but then not be interested in listening to her talk about those experiences. We all hope the video continues to open up the dialogue about the various forms of harassment that women, women of color, queer women, and feminine presenting people deal with on a daily basis.” This video is a tool to raise awareness and end street harassment worldwide. Check out our FAQ for more information. Want to spread the word and change the culture of street harassment? Share the video on social media or take action with Hollaback! today! In Solidarity, – The Hollaback! Staff www.ihollaback.org @iHollaback
It was summer and I was wearing a dress for the first time which I loved and couldn’t wait to wear to see my friend.
By the time I had walked down the street and got to my friends house I was in tears because of the amount of men staring, honking and harassing me.
There are many others small stories too ‘petty’ to count.
Me and my friend were walking down church road and a guy of about 50 jumped in front of us and sort of shimmied at us and I gave him a confused look and he the shouted “I want to fuck you” my friend then shouted at him. Literally 10 seconds down the road a guy turned to us in a leery way and said hello.
I was walking up Winton Lane to get home from work. I had just gotten off the bus and a van belonging to a roofing company (I can remember the name of this company) came up the road. The driver slowed to a crawl, matching my walking speed (I am quite a fast walker when on my own), opened his window and said something to me. I had my earphones in so I didn’t hear what he said but I didn’t think it was very nice. After a few seconds he turned into the side road and did a 3-point turn in the road to come back the way I came. I took this action to be most intimidating and I ran like mad down the road, turned round the corner past Banco Lounge and walked up Wells Road instead.
I had just gotten off the #2 bus at Bellevue Road and set about using the crossing at the lights opposite Tesco. I noticed these men wearing hi-vis jackets working on the scaffolding outside Banco Lounge and I decided to take the path that led around the outside of the green there. As I did so one of the men started shouting out things like “oi oi” and “nice legs” and his mates then joined in. Although I live around that area I decided against going up the steep road leading to my home so as not to incur any more of their outbursts and ended up walking the long way round to get home – which took 30 minutes rather than 10.
On 13th December my boyfriend and I took the 22.36 train from Montpelier to Stapleton Road. There was an extremely drunk man on the train loosely dressed as “Santa”. He was walking up and down the train carriages demanding that people hug him. My boyfriend refused to hug him but the man continued to make the demand. My boyfriend hugged him as he decided it would be preferable to a confrontation.
The man then started demanding to hug the “sister”, ie me. I refused. The man then demanded that my boyfriend hug him again which he did. The man then told me I was missing out and went on to walk up and down the train demanding hugs.