A ‘weirdo’ woman’s antiharassment mission

Sexual harassment of women on public transport is a problem in China, as elsewhere, but after the authorities turned down one woman’s request to highlight the issue she began her own unique campaign, reports BBC.
Leilei Zhang recalls being on a public bus as a young girl when a man gripped her hand, glared at her and refused to let go. It was a frightening experience and years later, with the determination to raise public awareness, she began a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for what could have been China’s first public anti-sexual harassment advertisement. She approached the authorities of her home city, Guangzhou, who did not want to take on the advertising for fear it would panic the public. So she decided to become a walking advertisement herself. Describing herself as a “weirdo” with pink hair and a pink outfit, she wanders around public areas in Guangzhou wearing billboards warning of the dangers of sexual harassment on public transport.
But she also printed and delivered 100 similar billboards to volunteers.


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