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Iberoamérica se une contra el Acoso Sexual Callejero  - Mujeres libres de violencia en Iberoamérica
Ibero-America unites against Street Sexual Harassment 

The Ibero-American Initiative to Prevent and Eliminate Violence against Women launches a Campaign to make visible and prevent Street Sexual Harassment against women

The Ibero-American Initiative to Prevent and Eliminate Violence against Women (IIPPEVCM) launches the Campaign within the framework of #25N to combat Street Sexual Harassment (ASC) in ten Ibero-American countries that are part of the IIPPEVCM. The proposal aims to raise awareness among Ibero-American citizens about the prevention of ASC and promote changes at the attitudinal level and discriminatory practices, standing out at 3 levels: awareness, sensitization and call to action. 

Through consultations/workshops led by experts in gender and violence against women from the participating countries of the IIPEVCM, and the analysis of various research carried out, detailed information was collected on the reality of ASC in Ibero-America and was discussed transversally and intersectional how women experience this type of violence in public spaces, ranging from non-consensual comments and touching to rape.

The statistics, despite not having systematized information on a global basis, reveal a worrying reality country by country. For example, in Uruguay, women's 50% have faced sexual violence in public spaces; In Spain, 40% reports having suffered sexual harassment at some point in their life; while, in Mexico and Ecuador, the figures reach 88% and 90% in the last year, according to local investigations.

The data reveal the seriousness of the problem and highlight the importance of addressing ASC from an intersectional perspective. 62.9% of Afro-descendant women in Uruguay have experienced situations of gender-based violence in the public sphere; while 80% of non-heterosexual women report having experienced some type of sexual violence in public spaces.

In Argentina, 74% women change streets or sidewalks for fear of suffering harassment when they see a group of men gathered in public spaces. At the same time, in Spain, women's 98% identifies a man as an aggressor when he reports sexual violence in public spaces; and in Mexico, 73.6% of women feel unsafe on public transportation, as well as 71% on the streets1.

The campaign is launched in social networks of the IIPEVCM and in the countries that are part of it, as well as those of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), on November 17 of this year and in its three stages will have the objectives of raising awareness (starting on November 17), raising awareness (starting on November 24) and calling citizens to action (starting on December 8 ), respectively. 

The first stage #ElAcosoEsViolencia will focus on visibility and awareness, with statistics on street sexual harassment in Ibero-American countries. The second stage will urge citizens to act against this violence under the premise of #HagamosLaDifference. And the third stage will present stories of harassment from the parallel perspective of victims and observers, highlighting the need not to be indifferent and to assume collective responsibility in creating spaces free of ASC.

The Campaign, which was led by the Uruguayan communication agency LOVING specialized in gender and sustainability, is aligned with Objective 3 of the IIPEVCM, strengthening the scope of violence against women prevention programs, contributing to the Development Objective Sustainable No. 5 “Gender Equality” and No. 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities”

 1Access detailed data here: Argentina#1, Argentina #2, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Uruguay.


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