The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards are fast approaching, and — for the first time in history — they're being held in Brooklyn, New York. We're getting maaajor girl power vibes from this year's show, especially now that Miley, Katy and Gaga are on the performance bill. Speaking of girl power, check out these sweet BK orgs that are working to protect and empower women.
Have you ever been harassed by a stranger while walking down the street? Whether it's a catcall or a grab, that ish is totally not okay! Street harassment is rarely reported and often accepted, but Hollaback believes that everyone has the right to cruise the sidewalks without being objectified. The org encourages victims to Hollaback at their harassers by documenting, mapping and sharing unwelcome encounters. Start a Hollaback in your community if, in the words of Gwen Stefani, you "ain't no hollerback giiiirl!" Or boy.
We love this concept! Say you went out to the bars with your BFF, she got drunk and disappeared with her new BF, and now you're like, "WTF?!" — navigating the streets at 2 a.m. all by your lonesome. Not in NYC! RightRides offers women and LGBTQ individuals free rides home on Friday and Saturday nights. Call (888) 215-SAFE (7233) between midnight and 3 a.m. if you ever need a lift. Oh, and you don't have to feel threatened to request one — the whole point is that you get yourself home safely and avoid any potential threats.
The 2013 Video Music Awards air August 25 on MTV and VMA.MTV.com, live from the Brooklyn Barclays Center. No sleep til Brooklyn!