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How Technology May Help Curb Street Harassment

In France, men are now fined for cat calling, as a new report finds alarming rates of street harassment across the globe. A new online tool may hold the key to reducing rates.

By Lara Robertson

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In France, men are now fined for cat calling, as a new report finds alarming rates of street harassment across the globe. A new online tool may hold the key to reducing rates.

By Lara Robertson

From gropes, to catcalls and less-than-subtle leers, if you’re a woman, you probably have a story (or ten) about being sexually harassed or assaulted in public. Street harassment is an all too common experience that women and girls all over the world are forced to endure on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it is a problem that the public and law enforcement often turn a blind eye to.

To commemorate the International Day of the Girl, Plan International, an organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls, released their Unsafe In The City report on Thursday. Based on the testimonies of 21,000 females living in Delhi, Kampala, Lima, Madrid and Sydney, the report found found that in all five cities, boys and men routinely harass and assault young women and girls.

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