Aim for safer streets: Penalize catcalling now!

Aim for safer streets: Penalize catcalling now!

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In Metro Manila, three in five women have experienced sexual harassment in their lives. One in three of the women who said they had experienced sexual harassment witnessed a perpetrator exposing his genitals, masturbating in public or, worse, were groped physically. One in seven women endure these kinds of harassments at least once a week – the same proportion of men admitted to sexually harassing women at least once a week.

It can be difficult to enforce laws against objectifying women when it has been pervasive and normalized in Filipino culture.

In a nation-wide attempt to address these circumstances, Senate Bill No. 1326, or the Safe Streets and Public Spaces Act of 2017 is now being pushed. The bill is authored and sponsored by Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros, Chair of the Senate Committee on Women. She hopes to penalize the actions ridiculing people on the basis of sexual notions. The bill is necessary as the Revised Penal Code lacks clear laws that cover “gender-based, misogynistic, and homophobic public spaces harassment.” Currently, laws about sexual harassment only pertain to those that occur in the workplace between superiors and subordinates (S.B. 1326, 2017). As of October 2018, the Senate passed the bill on its third and final reading (Senate of the Philippines, 2018).

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We, students from Ateneo de Manila University, are making a petition for the Senate Bill No. 1326, or the Safe Streets and Public Spaces Act of 2017 to be signed into law.

Different cities took action to lessen the public sexual harassment occurring in their respective areas. Quezon City was the first to make an ordinance, another city that took action was Manila. It is now time for the country to put this into law.

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