Speak out to confront plague of sexual harrassment against women commuters

Speak out to confront plague of sexual harrassment against women commuters

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As the United Nations marks its annual 16-day campaign against gender-based violence and the world continues to be shaken with the #MeToo movement, UNFPA – the UN's sexual and reproductive health agency – is shining the spotlight on the daily sexual harassment of women and girls using public transportation in Sri Lanka.

Why Sri Lanka? Because according to a study carried out by the UN agency in the country in 2015, nine out of ten women experience sexual harassment while on the move, and only a tiny number feel comfortable even reporting it.

The UNFPA multimedia project is called “Don’t Look Away,” and was made in partnership with British photo-journalist Eliza Hatch, creator of the Cheer Up Luv initiative, which highlights disturbing encounters endured by women and girls in public spaces, in various parts of the world.

Audio credit: Yasmina Guerda
Music credit: Elle va au Japon, by Nic Bommarito

Eliza Hatch photographs Sharanya, one of the participants of the project.
UNFPA
Eliza Hatch photographs Sharanya, one of the participants of the project.

Audio Credit
Yasmina Guerda, UN News
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UNFPA/Eliza Hatch