Stop Telling Women to Smile: An Art Project Against Gender-Based Street Harassment

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According to Stop Street Harassment, internationally 70-99% of women experience street harassment at some point during their lives. Today, more and more organizations, and individuals, make it their mission to bring awareness to gender-based street harassment and to send the message that no—it is never okay.

One of these inspiring individuals is Tatyana Falalizadeh, a Brooklyn painter and illustrator. In 2012, Falalizadeh began Stop Telling Women to Smile, an art project against gender-based street harassment. Falalizadeh creates portraits of women she interviews and captions the art with their messages directed at street offenders.

According to STWTS, this new art project is “an on-going, traveling series and will gradually include many cities and many women participants.” The movement was inspired by the idea “that street art can be an impactful tool for tackling street harassment…creating a bold presence for women in an environment where they…

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