Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007
Blank Noise
This description of Jasmeen Patheja's work was prepared when Jasmeen Patheja was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
By drawing attention to sexual harassment on the streets, Jasmeen Patheja transforms attitudes towards an often-trivialized problem known in India as “eve-teasing.” Through her Blank Noise project, Jasmeen employs a variety of strategies—from advocating for effective legal mechanisms, to staging theatrical public protests, to using new technology to publicize offenses—to reach out to victims, perpetrators, and spectators involved in sexual harassment in public spaces.  
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