My name is Devina Roopnarine.
I participated in this campaign because it targeted an underestimated flaw in society that affects most, if not all, women. Street harassment has been wrongfully deemed harmless when it is in fact pollution to a peaceful, equal and respectful environment. Personally, I have been a victim of this. Sometimes it seems nearly impossible to wear your favorite dress, a comfortable pair of shorts or even a confident smile without disgusting remarks being thrown at you. This would make anyone prefer to walk in dim lights and shadows where they would not be seen or accused of committing a crime. These thieves of confidence and freedom are infuriating and exasperating. They are unworthy of the respect they demand by the “good day” that follows their dirty remarks. I believe that these individuals need to be educated on the emotional effects of street harassment because if asked, they could claim their ignorance to the fact. It is time we evolve in our respect towards each other and stop this once and for all.