Identifying Street Harassment

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Posted August 7, 2019 from India

Safecity conducted a workshop in collaboration with Gupshup at Kamla Nehru School with 80 students including both boys and girls on 16th April, 2019.

The subject of the workshop was Awareness on Street Harassment. It was shocking to know that the students were very much familiar with street harassment. Most of the students agreed that they had faced at least some form of street harassment, however when asked to share their stories, only 4 of the students volunteered.

In order to know what kind of harassment these kids face, Naina Jha started with a game called “Insult Game”. The students were asked to shout out the insults they faced on streets. Surprisingly many students came up with the different forms of verbal abuse they had witnessed on the street. Naina then help them categorize these insults in different forms of street harassment. The crowd of students not only included the victims of street harassment but also some students who themselves pass comments on other people.

In a role-play activity, Naina two students to join her in playing different scenarios, in the first scenario she asked one student to play the perpetrator and other the victim and in the second scenario she interchanged their roles. Both of the students felt bad when they were in the victims place. By the end of the activity they had learned to be more empathetic and knew how it felt being in the shoes of a victim that faced street harassment. The students swore never to ever be the one harassing someone again.

*This blog was first published on Safecity.

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Hello, Elsa,

Congratulations again for conducting a workshop on awareness for street harassment. Safecity made an impact to 80 children. It's great that it's very participatory with the use of games and role-playing. Very creative!

Thank you for sharing!

Jill Langhus
Aug 08
Aug 08

Hi Elsa,

Wow! I'm so glad that you continue to run these workshops. They're so important. Hopefully the next time you run one of these workshops, more students will speak up, or the problem will be a thing of the past:-) That would be even better. Thanks for sharing:-)

Aug 20
Aug 20

So amazing your workshops. I wish I was there to always participate in them haha. Thanks for sharing.