Debjani Roy has been an advocate for women’s rights and equality in the US and UK for ten years. She serves as Deputy Director of Hollaback!, a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world. She has worked on issues including domestic violence, sexual assault, forced marriage, 'honor' based violence, sexual trafficking/forced prostitution, widows’ rights and immigrant rights.
Before joining Hollaback! as the Deputy Director, she was the Program and Development Manager at Manavi, an organization working to end violence against South Asian women in the United States. Her international experience includes serving at The National Alliance of Women's Organizations, Widows’ Rights International, Ashiana Network and Women and Girls Network in various capacities including program management, direct service provision, development, training and technical assistance, communications, research, and policy advocacy. She has also edited books in the fields of Gender and Cultural Studies for the politically progressive publishing house, Pluto Press.
Her publications include An Employer, Union, and Service Provider’s Guide to Ending Street Harassment, South Asian Battered Women's Use of Force against Intimate Male Partners in the Violence Against Women Sage Journal and An Introduction to Forced Marriage in the South Asian Community in the United States, published by Manavi under the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
Debjani's interest and passion for women's rights and equality began as an undergraduate at New York University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the Stern School of Business, with a minor in Gender Studies from the College of Arts and Science. She received her Master's of Arts Degree in Cultural Studies with a focus on Gender Theory from the University of London, Goldsmiths.
Expertise includes: online harassment & free speech
Why Are Women Programmed To Expect Assault?
HuffPost Live [May 14, 2013]
Anti-Street Harassment Week: How To Fight Back
HuffPost Live [April 9, 2013]
Hollaback!: Finding Effective Solutions to Street Harassment
Huffington Post [April 26, 2013]
When Was the First Time You Were Harassed?
Huffington Post [February 10, 2014]
It's 2013, Guys -- Stop Catcalling Women Like Animals
Policy Mic [July 16, 2013]
Hollaback seeks to raise awareness about street harassment
Fox News [July 28, 2014]
Hollback seeks to raise awareness about street harassment
Fox News [July 28, 2014]
Fighting Street Harassment
Fox 5 [August 26, 2014]
Texas court upholds the right to take 'upskirt' pictures
The Guardian [September 19, 2014]
Texas court throws out anti-'upskirt' photography law for 'violating right to freedom of expression'
The Independent [September 20, 2014]
'Hey, baby!': Anti-catcalling crusade gains ground in New York City
Al Jazeera America [September 8, 2014]
Hey Ladies -- Catcalls Lead to Gender-Based Violence! Deal with it.
XO Jane [August 19, 2014]
Dear Fox News, Let's Talk About How Gross Your Recent Panel on Street Harassment Really Was
XO Jane [August 30, 2014 ]
I Was Born in England, Raised in America and my Parents are Indian -- And I've Been Street Harassed in all Three Countries
XO Jane [September 2, 2014]