"Shoo ya 7elo, fi minnik 3a jello?"
"Shoo, sar el be2lewa ila ijrein?"
"Shoo ya ashta?"
That's just a sample of the dessert-inspired catcalls, aka latshat, popular in modern-day Lebanon. But the #NotYourAshta campaign is telling people that there's nothing sweet about it. In fact, it's just plain old harassment.
Knowledge is Power's (KIP) #NotYourAshta is a social media campaign that runs from Nov. 14 and ends on Nov. 25 - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It coincides with 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, an international event spearheaded by UN Women.
"#NotYourAshta aims to provide a platform for individuals to share empowering messages and vocalize their resistance against different manifestations of street and sexual harassment."
Here are some of the results:
Talk back with the hashtag: #NotYourAshta
"She is not YOURS"
Catcalling is for cats
The only acceptable time to use the word ashta
There's no consent in street harassment
Anything but your Ashta
On the subject of "personal space"
It's so very simple
A Marina Abramovic inspired post
"Don't coddle me, respect me"
The story that never happened
"Harassment is colorblind"
Adventures of Salwa
This is not the first time street harassment has been the talk of social media.
A group of young feminsts created an anti-harassment campaign with their very own mascot, Salwa. In her adventures, Salwa defeats misogynistic men using her superpower: her handbag.