***Trigger Warning: Street/ Sexual Harassment***
A catcall is never flattering. Shouting about a woman’s body and making kissing sounds to her in the middle of the street is unacceptable. Women are interrupted, demeaned and treated as sex objects as they walk to school, head to a bar or explore a tourist spot. They receive catcalls no matter what they’re wearing. Catcalls are not compliments and they are not welcome.
The following are personal stories by female travel bloggers from different parts of the world and the catcalls they have experienced in various countries. The intent behind mentioning countries and cities is not to dissuade anyone from traveling to these locations but it’s there to show that women cannot escape catcalling and street harassment regardless of the country they visit. The message is simple: stop catcalling and speak up when you see others catcall. Make sure you read the bottom for two important lists:
-Ways for Women to Avoid Street Harassment
-Ways to Eliminate The Need of Having a List Called “Ways for Women to Avoid Street Harassment”