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Meet Michael

Tell us a little about yourself.

I had to reflect quite a bit before I could attempt this question. Truthfully I perceive myself as an empath. This quality manifests itself in most of the work I do which includes poetry, music, activism. Since as far as I can remember I have been involved in social entrepreneurship, building relationships and attempting to build dreams as well. My work and passion is centered around local governance, sustainable natural environments, creativity, LGBTQ+ discourse and other minority groups.

When did you start your account?

July 2020

Why were you inspired to start your account?

Initially I was asked to participate and contribute in a conversation by one of the members. The conversations allowed me to tap into regional, continental and global communities. This is something I have always been interested in. I became even more conscious of the power of writing your story and allowing others the platform to speak as well. 

Why do you think chalking back is a good method to raise awareness?

Chalking physically gets people to participate by writing down their thoughts and expressing themselves. By digitally documenting these stories people can imprint their narratives forever. To freely express and challenge social constructs while allowing anyone and everyone to participate. 

Why do you think ending street harassment is important?

I believe in the significance of freedom of expression. Sexual harassment inhibits that freedom. It therefore inherently sees street harassment as an infringement of a human right. It is important that every human being enjoys their liberty.

What's your favorite thing about your city?

It has a beautiful history that according to my knowledge goes as far as the pre colonial partitioning. 

How can your city better address street harassment?

People need to be made aware of the micro-aggressiveness they have. In as much as some offenders are explicit, for some it has been embedded in the community for so long it has become implicit. It is necessary to sharpen that awareness.

What do you hope is the outcome of your account?

I hope it serves as a safe space for expression and a space that people can unlearn, and relearn.

What's the most difficult street harassment situation you’ve experienced? 

I was walking with a couple of friends and they were threatened by a group of men because of the way they were dressed. 

What does being a part of this campaign mean to you?

It is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with a group of passionate people. A group of young activists in a time when socio-economics and politics is trying to silence the voice of the youth globally. It means everything to me.

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