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Meet Zoraya

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Zoraya. I am 15 and sophomore in high school. I live in San Juan, Puerto Rico and I’m part of @catcallsofpr. I love photography, going to the beach, and talking about human rights.

Why were you inspired to start (or join) an account?

I was inspired to join this account because I loved what @catcallsofnyc was doing and I wanted to help do the same for Puerto Rico. Jade (the founder of the account) invited me to join in July 2020.

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

By chalking the cat calls and where they occurred, people who pass by it can see what someone else had to go through at the same place.

Why do you think ending street harassment is important?

Street harassment is extremely important and not talked about as much as it should be in Puerto Rico. By helping to end street harassment, we can help people feel safe on the streets.

What’s your favorite thing about your city?

My favorite thing about where I live in my city is the easy access to the beach and how everything is walking distance.

How can your city better address street harassment?

My city can better address street harassment by educating people at a young age and calling out other’s actions and educating them on why street harassment is not okay.

What do you hope is the outcome of your account?

I hope that @catcallsofpr can help bring awareness and educate the people of Puerto Rico the dangers and effects of street harassment.

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

I have had unfortunate experiences of street harassment since I was 11 years old. I have been followed and cat called multiple times.

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

I am very honored and happy to be able to be part of this campaign. It so cool that so many people from all over the world are taking action to end street harassment.


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