#Me Too (2016 - 2019)
According to the National Study, carried out by UN Women and the National Statistics Office of Georgia, one in five women reported having experienced sexual harassment in their lifetime, 70 % of them – in public space, 10 % - at workplace.
Public awareness on sexual harassment is very low. We do not really realize how it happens; we often doubt ourselves and are ashamed of our own thoughts even when we are the victims. Maybe this is the reason why we do not understand how huge the problem is, how big the threat we face.
When I look at the statistics, I feel scared.
I am scared because of each and every little girl and boy, whose rights are not protected, because of every teen girl, who’s afraid and ashamed of talking about sexual harassment, because of every woman, for whom this is a tabooed topic, who tries to forget everything she has seen. And most of all, I am scared for the women, who pretend that sexual harassment does not exist, but they live with the constant feeling of insecurity, especially when they stay alone with themselves.
It’s hard and difficult to be a woman in Georgia.
Probably, it’s the same in other countries, but I can only talk about mine, and what I see here, is women’s ability to keep collective silence, and this is the biggest crime, for me. We have to start talking and listening to each other, we have to be braver and we need to learn how to break silence.