Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • LGBTQ+
  • Women


315 W 106TH ST APT 2ANEW YORK, NY 10025 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Chalk Back envisions a world where everyone has equal and safe access to public space, free from harassment and violence. Chalk Back’s activities are centered around providing agency to young people - particularly girls, young women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and BIPOC - to resist gender-based harassment and gender-based violence and participate in gender justice activism. We fight for a world where young people are leading the resistance against gender-based violence and patriarchy, by speaking honestly from their experiences and using tools accessible to them.


Chalk Back is a global youth-led movement committed to ending gender-based street harassment through public chalk art, advocacy and digital media. Since our founding in 2016, Chalk Back has become a leading force on advocacy and creative resistance to gender-based harassment and gender-based violence. Chalk Back is a rapidly growing collective of more than 1000 young activists fighting for gender justice and equal access to public space.

Chalk Back gathers stories of harassment and writes them word-for-word in the spots where they happened alongside the hashtag #stopstreetharassment using sidewalk chalk and then post on social media to spur dialogue and story sharing. Through local Instagram sites, social media campaigns, community events, and anti-harassment workshops, Chalk Back members seek to influence bold cultural change within our communities.


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