“How are girls and women treated by men in different countries? What must women do to protect themselves?”
These are some of the questions posed by Malaka Gharib to women in seven countries including Afghanistan, The Bahamas, and South Africa.
She wrote about the ways women in different countries experience street harassment and how they respond to it. Holly Kearl of Stop Street Harassment connected her with a diverse group of women for interviews. Our Director, Alicia Wallace, participated in the conversation.
Gharib begins with her own story:
“Ya amar, ya amar.”
When I was a teenager, I used to love hearing those words — which mean something like “hey, gorgeous” in Arabic — hissed and whispered at me by men on the street in Cairo, where I spent my summers. I never got that kind of attention in suburban Southern California, where I grew up. But at the Genena Mall in Medinat Nasr on the outskirts of the city, dressed in low-slung jeans and a short-sleeve shirt, I felt like the most beautiful girl in the world.
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