After hosting a panel discussion on facing gender violence on the subway and honoring Emily May, co-founder of Hollaback!, at this year’s Engendering Progress, MYD is taking the fight against violence in transit underground.
The Women’s Issues and Transportation committees have teamed up with New Yorkers for Safe Transit, a coalition of organizations and advocates dedicated to eliminating harassment and assaults, particularly gender- or discrimination-based, on public transportation in New York City. On Sunday, May 20th, we will be at subway stops along the 4/5/6 in East Harlem from 2-5 p.m. collecting survey data from straphangers on experiences with harassment in transit. This survey will help New Yorkers for Safe Transit understand the types of violence and harassment that are happening in our communities.
Join us! Email [email protected] and [email protected] to volunteer. Can’t volunteer but still want to help out the cause? You can take New Yorkers for Safe Transit’s survey and share your stories here: www.nyfst.org/survey
In related news, at Engendering Progress, Emily May of Hollaback! announced she was working with members of the City Council to create a new app for iPhones and Androids that will allow New Yorkers to report street harassment directly to 311, and they are one step closer to this goal! Speaker Quinn’s office has donated $20,000 to the development of this app. According to May’s op/ed in the Daily News, once the app is created, the information collected will be publicly available on ihollaback.org, for a first-ever full portrait of harassment in NYC.
Want to get involved? Join the Women’s Issues and Transportation Committees! Check the MYD calendar for upcoming meetings and events.