Thanks to a grant from Citizens Committee for New York City, Telem held our third annual Radio Workshop in February 2014. During our week-long workshop, Teen reporters interviewed members of Central Brooklyn’s African immigrant communities, and documented the complexities of street harassment across cultures.
Street harassment (also referred to as “street hollas” or “catcalls”) is any unwanted attention a woman receives from a man because of her gender. This includes (but is not limited to)language, gestures, exposing himself, or physical intimidation, like following or touching.
We partnered with, Brooklyn Movement Center, a Central Brooklyn, membership-led community organizing group bringing together residents to identify issues, build power, and take action. In doing anti-street harassment work in Central Brooklyn, BMC sometimes gets feedback that street harassment is a “first-world” problem of middle-class women. Telem reporters hit the streets of Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights to tackle this theory head-on.
Telem was able to expand our leadership development, radio workshop from three to eight days. Listen here: