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Graffiti artists and Metro Manila student councils on Sunday unveiled a mural with the ‘No dress code for rape’ call as a stand against forms of sexual harassment in the streets.
"This artwork is our way of taking back the streets. Every street or alley should be spaces free from sexual harassment," Imi Espina of Akbayan Youth said. Produced by graffiti artists led by Bacolod-based artist Gila Inefable, the mural is located along one of the jeepney terminals in Quiapo and near Manila’s university belt.
Espina also called for the passage of the Bawal Bastos Bill or the Safe Streets, Public Spaces and Workplace Act into law which penalizes catcalling, wolf-whistling, leering, stalking, and other forms of sexual harassment that take place in public spaces. “Ensuring that cities are safe spaces shouldn't be optional,” Espina added.