Digital Action Campaign Narrative

Kamila Haidari
Posted May 1, 2017 from Afghanistan

I am going to launch my campaign to eradicate street and public harassment as this is common in Afghanistan and also I have read about it and realized that majority of the young girls have been harassed in one way or another. I have experienced Street harassment in my city, this is a very a serious problem which most people see it as normal because it is constant and majority accept it. Almost not considered as an “issue”, except a few organizations working but have not been able to effectively solve this problem. I believe that awareness is the biggest part of every change.

My campaign will start from spreading awareness about street or public harassment and may go on to the next stages. The initial aim of my campaign is to tell people that street or public harassment is neither “normal” nor “compliment or fun” but rather it is a problem that attack women’s privacy and freedom. In addition it is not normal as it directly plays with one’s psych.

For my campaign I will use social media (particularly Facebook in the beginning) because most of Afghan people have access to Facebook. I will start with sharing photos, writings, and videos. To reach more audience, I will invite my friends to take part in writing and designing the content and spreading the information around. I will also sponsor my campaign Facebook page to reach more people. The incentive for participants will be the outcome of campaign. Apart from their sense towards women as humans, their own mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends will not be the victims of street and public harassment.

Even though my campaign may not resolve the issue completely, but I will work hard and make sure I create a very strong awareness that more than 60% in Kabul city would understand, get educated or participate and once this awareness is created I do believe that it can be effective. By the end or during the process of my campaign, I wish to see men and women feel themselves responsible in supporting a woman who is being attacked rather than just being silent, careless, and watching the scene. Or even sometimes the targeted woman cannot speak up because she may even face a bigger group of people, since woman who has been targeted is blame anyway because it is shameful when a woman shout or yell atman who harasses her just because of her clothing or for any reasons. But almost no one take the woman's side and to make the man understand his fault. Therefore, I try to at least change this part of the problem in my city.

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Jill Langhus
May 01, 2017
May 01, 2017

Hi Kamila. Thanks for sharing your story and vision. I love your vision and drive. Have you reached out to Safecity to see if you could collaborate with them to develop one of their systems in your area? Their work sounds similar to what you are trying to achieve. https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/safecity

Kamila Haidari
May 01, 2017
May 01, 2017

Hi dear jlanghus,

Thank you so much for the encouragement. I haven't reached Safecity yet. Thanks for facilitating connection. I will check with them soon.

Jill Langhus
May 02, 2017
May 02, 2017

You're welcome:) Do check out their website if you haven't already. I think you will impressed and what they are doing. Let me know if you end up collaborating. I would like to know:-) Good luck with your endeavor either way.

Kamila Haidari
May 02, 2017
May 02, 2017

I haven't checked yet. I will let you know for sure. Thank you!

Jill Langhus
May 03, 2017
May 03, 2017

Awesome. Can't wait to find out what you do. This is their website:http://safecity.in/. You're welcome:)

Angy
May 01, 2017
May 01, 2017

Well done Kamila. Thanks for sharing, creating awareness like you rightly said is very important as majority now sees street harassment as normal.

Kamila Haidari
May 02, 2017
May 02, 2017

Thank you dear Angy! Your help and inspiration always matter <3

Tamarack Verrall
May 03, 2017
May 03, 2017

Dear Kamila,

It is always a celebration to learn about a sister who thinks and acts BIG! What you are doing is so important, and by your insisting publicly that what has been taught as normal is in fact terrible, unacceptable behaviour, you are showing that courageous action is possible and necessary, action that will have the effect of making it possible for so many women and girls to access safe space in public. Bravo for working to make changes that will affect every time women and girls go outdoors in your city. I hope that you will feel your arms linked with all of your World Pulse sisters aware of what you are undertaking.

In sisterhood,

Tam

Dr. Shruti kapoor
May 03, 2017
May 03, 2017

Great campaign, let me know if I can support you in any way. Street harassment is a big problem in India too!