Yemen: Safe Streets Campaign Launches Sexual Harassment Hotline
Friday, April 12, 2013 12:15 PM

Yemen's Safe Streets Campaign launched a new hotline on April 7, 2013, to monitor and document sexual harassment crimes. Sexual harassment affects the lives of 98.9% of Yemeni women, especially in the capital of Sana’a. The Safe Streets campaign, launched in 2011, is working to address sexual harassment in the streets and strengthen awareness on the issue. Through the hotline, a victim can report an offense by sending a text message. The campaign hopes the hotline will help bring aid to potential victims of sexual harassment and ultimately reduce the number of sex crimes in the streets of Yemen.

The Safe Streets Campaign has been involved in many activities to spread awareness on sexual harassment in the streets, including recording the film, "Safe Streets," publishing the book, Happen in the Street, and presenting an art exhibit highlighting the issue through paintings by Yemeni artists. In an effort to break the silence on issues of sexual assault and harassment, the campaign seeks to address the topic through a variety of platforms, including a blog. The blog allows anyone to write and post about their personal experience with harassment.