Chega de Fiu Fiu, which translates into English as ‘Enough with the Catcalls’, publishes an online map on which any girl or woman can fix a pin on the street where she has been harassed, along with an account of what happened. The scheme started in São Paulo but has since gone nationwide. Founder Juliana de Faria says she was moved to start the project when she read a Facebook post about being hassled on the streets and realised it was the first time she’d ever read anything about a problem that was deep-seated and ubiquitous in Brazil. She runs the blog with three other women, and hopes the map idea will spread to other countries.
It’s not all about catcalls; stories range from accounts of being grabbed and groped to threats and levels of intimidation that made women fear a rape scenario might unfold. Juliana has partnered with the Public Attorney’s Office of São Paulo to write a guide on street harassment and what women can legally do about it. Her project has been featured in numerous media outlets, and she’s now shooting a documentary. In 2014 the Clinton Foundation and Cosmopolitan magazine selected de Faria as one of eight women smashing the glass ceiling around the world.
Chris has been writing on travel, tech, sex, food, art and books for nearly two decades. He co-founded street paper Hecho en Buenos Aires, writes regularly for the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers, and is now writing a thriller set in Andalusia.
Juliana de Faria, Founder, Think Olga
Brazil (São Paulo)