#StreetSmart - A Call to an Anti - Street Harassment Ordinance in Taguig City
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Did you know that according to the Survey conducted in 2016 by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), 3 in 5 women have experienced Sexual Harassment at least once in their lifetime?
With this current problem, we decided to have an advocacy regarding #StreetSmart that encourages and gives awareness to everyone about the issues that women are currently experiencing in their everyday lives such as catcalling, lascivious language, and other forms of sexual harassment.
Not long ago, one of the advocates had experienced being catcalled in Taguig City, namely Bonifacio Global City, by one construction worker. However, there are more victims of such street harassments. Netizens, most especially on Twitter, have shared their experiences and traumas regarding this issue. One netizen had been catcalled by a stranger as she was walking at 2AM near Uptown Mall Bonifacio Global City.
In 2016, Mayor Herbert Bautista signed into a law that penalized street harassment in Quezon City. The ordinance has reduced cases of street harassment, and imposes such fines and jail time regarding cases relating to this. As advocates, we want to help make the streets in the Philippines safer to women even in such small steps as what had been imposed in Quezon City. We are calling for an appeal to an Anti – Street Harassment Ordinance in Taguig City that will impose right and just punishments to offenders.
This small yet meaningful petition may be able to speak out to women today who have experienced street harassment not only in Taguig City, but in the streets of the Philippines. With the help of this ordinance, women and visitors of Taguig will feel much more comfortable and safe strolling through the streets. Help us advocates stand up for women who are ashamed and live in fear, trauma, and doubts through cases like these.
Petition by Maxine Lee, Patricia Galicia, & Blanca Dela Cruz
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