Being cat-called on the street isn't flattering. It's harassment, and it's happening every day across the globe. More than 80 percent of women and people in the LGBTQ community worldwide will be publicly harassed, groped, taunted, ogled, insulted, and humiliated at some point in their lives.
That's why the global non-profit organization Hollaback has, since 2005, given these victims of street harassment a supportive community. The organization has trained hundreds of volunteer site leaders in 79 cities and 26 countries, and, in 2010, launched a smartphone app that allows people to document and map street harassment incidents in real-time.
Recently, New Yorkers who use the Hollaback app got a major upgrade — they can now report street harassment to the New York City Council and the mayor's office as soon as it happens.
Using data from its app on where and how street harassment is happening in New York City, Hollaback, along with the city government, will work to create educational programs and policy changes that tackle the issue head on.
In this podcast, Hollaback's Executive Director Debjani Roy and New York City Council Director of Communications Megan Montalvo weigh in on the new app's benefits and potential challenges. Listen:
Listen to more of The Week's mini podcasts:
- The koala's secret to staying cool: Hugging
- What Mario Kart taught me about economics
- Your weekly streaming recommendation: Dredd
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Here comes the Pentagon's newest space plane
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Extreme haunted houses: Inside Halloween's most terrifying new trend
- America's anti-feminist mega-corporations' toxic disregard for women must stop
- Did the media get Ferguson wrong?
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- The U.S. is about to sell weapons to Vietnam. That's bad news for China.
- What the Middle Ages can tell us about the GOP's big charity myth
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- The real story behind Deliver Us From Evil
Subscribe to the Week