Remie Akl Lebanese Artist Street Harassment Women Sexism Patriarchy Violence Baklava Legs
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Rémie Akl, The Lebanese Artist Who Speaks Up Against Street Harassment

Did you know? Baklava is not only a pastry made of honey and nuts, and popular in Arabic countries. It is also what catcallers shout after women on the streets of Lebanon.

Fed up with the situation, Rémie Akl and ABAAD, a civil association fighting for gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa, teamed up to produce a video exposing the harassment women face when they walk down the street.

‘Baklava got legs’ captures the daily threats imposed on women and the hypocrisy of the patriarchal society towards women. The video went viral, coming up to nearly 3.5M views within the first three days of its publication on Instagram.

‘So, how does it happen? A girl, a lady, a woman, (because there’s a difference between them), passes by a car driven by a guy who tells her: ‘So I see baklava can walk on two feet now?’ To make a long story short, this baklava that you talk about, that sweetens your life, is terrified of you day and night. Because you are a threat.’

You can watch the video down below!

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