Fighting back against the sleaze

For too many women and girls, sexual harassment in public is an unpleasant part of everyday life. But in the face of apparent apathy from the authorities, some are now fighting back

Grace Gageby is Stop Street Harassment’s Irish correspondent and says that ‘it’s a very widespread problem for me and my friends’ Pic: Maura Hickey

The stereotypical whistling builder is the standard starting point for any discussion about gender-based street harassment, which too regularly ends in someone telling a feminist to “relax, love”. But campaigners say street harassment is a real issue with real-life consequences for women’s lives.

The international campaign group Stop Street Harassment defines gender-based street harassment as unwanted comments, gestures, and actions forced on a stranger in a public place without their consent, which is ...