Lawmakers Probe Street Harassment of NYC Women

October 28, 2010 - 2:04 PM

(AP) - Whistles, catcalls and lewd come-ons from strangers are all too familiar to women in New York City, where lawmakers are examining whether something should be done.

A City Council committee heard testimony Thursday from women who said men follow them, yell at them and make them feel unsafe and uncomfortable.

Street harassment of women is as old as cities themselves, and is common around the world. But the pushback against it is a more recent movement.

In Cairo, a website is planned where women can instantly report cases of harassment. The group Hollaback will soon launch smartphone apps allowing women everywhere to do the same.

Women told the City Council that they want a public awareness campaign and legislation that would include "no harassment zones" around schools.