#ThisIsMyStory: When something as simple as walking in public makes you fear for your life, you know things need to change. @MTVBaseAfrica VJ, @pharoahfi shares her wish for next year's #16DaysofActivism and you can read why she feels this way below: ⠀
There was a time when I was walking through town (Johannesburg CBD) and I was wearing a pair of leggings and a medium sized tshirt, just long enough to cover my bum. I was very aware of my surroundings and the moment I approached the taxi rank, I began to fear for my life. This is because on more than one occasion, whether I had been dressed appropriately or not, I was harrassed. On that day, based on the fact I was wearing leggings, I assumed nobody would have anything to say about my outfit. But then the catcalling began, and the name calling began and in that instant, I felt like if I didn’t walk fast enough I might find someone grabbing my bum, or grabbing my arm or trying to harass me in some way. These are things that bother women on the daily and it makes them feel like they are not comfortable in a country where they are treated like a minority. In many cases you’re forced to feel like you can’t live a normal life. You can’t walk where you want to, dress the way you want to because you just want to blend in to the crowd and not be called out. That stuff is not cool, it doesn’t make me feel safe and it’s really something we need to work on.