From inappropriate touching to invasive comments to stalking, street harassment is something that far too many Mauritians have to face on a daily basis. Causing fear, guilt, and frustration, these behaviors define women and girls as non-citizens, disrupting their access to freedom, independence and human rights.
The Stop Violence Against Women (SVAW) group of the Amnesty International Mauritius Section recognizes the harm of street harassment and is undertaking a campaign to put a stop to this disrespectful behavior. Awareness raising, sensitization and policy change on the issue of street harassment are key to achieving equality and development in Mauritius.
This blog is part of this important campaign. It provides a space for women, girls and other marginalized groups to begin speaking out and telling their stories. Street harassment is often normalized and silenced; blogging breaks that silence and uses the internet to show women that they are not alone and not to be blamed for the harassment they experience.
The members of the SVAW group thank you for participating in this blog. Whether it's by reading, contributing or commenting, you are helping to make the streets of Mauritius a safer place.