I took up running by accident. It started when I was living in Paris. My bike was stolen after only two weeks of having purchased the wee Peugeot beaut, and I was decidedly too stingy to buy a new one.

Detesting the depressingly dank walls of the metro tunnels and the painful experience of languishing between armpits and smooching, spotty teenagers, I decided to try running from place to place instead.

Despite this being an appalling idea for a whole host of reasons (no one is glad you arrived at the party when you're smelly, bright red and sweating from every pore), I discovered that running was a therapeutic, addictive, endorphin-pumping pastime, which made me more intimate with Paris than I could have imagined.

When I moved back home, I traced new routes for myself on the Glasgow map - 3 miles, 4 miles, 6 miles, 8 miles - and dedicated myself to getting to know my own city, armed with a trusty pair of trainers.

But there was a problem. Barely a run went by where I wasn't harassed in the street. Between shrugging off patronising comments about my body and running technique from older men, to feeling psychologically assaulted by more violent and humiliating sexual provocations from groups of young men, I've learned to avoid eye contact and the dreaded white van.

This has always left me furiously angry and resentful, but also vulnerable, to the point where even a seemingly innocuous horn toot becomes an invasive provocation resulting in a one-fingered salute.

In my day to day experience of Glasgow, I've never been subjected to such treatment. And I can assure you that half an hour into a 10k, I'm focussed on getting a 7-minute mile, not bagging myself a date.

What is it about an exercising female body in public that provokes these responses? Why is a woman physically exerting herself in the street interpreted as an invitation for humiliation or harassment? And what message does this send to women and young girls interested in pursuing sport and a healthy lifestyle?

Women in sport are often sexualised unnecessarily, with the media often paying more attention to how scandalous their kits are than to the expertise in their athletic performance. And when it comes to regular women who are inadvertently humiliated or sexually intimidated for moving their bodies in civic and public spaces, we continue the myth that a sweaty woman is a vulgarity.

The See&Do project is in the beginning stages of attacking this discrimination by promoting images of women exercising in outdoor places, focussing on traditionally masculine sports like parkour.

While the campaign has a wider scope in hoping to break down preconceptions of who does what and where, their starting point is women and outdoor sport. The fundamental idea is that by seeing more women doing sports, more women will feel comfortable and entitled to do sports outside themselves.

The Glasgow Parkour Girls are our regional reps in this international campaign, sharing their photos and using social media to spread images of women daring to use their bodies in public to pursue parkour.

Kelley Glaister of the group told me that "Just being in public is still an issue for many women, particularly those who are new to a discipline." She described her timid foray into parkour training, being afraid to choose well-frequented spaces incase people seen and judged her.

She continued, "It's a problem because what that means is some women (of course not all, and many people of all genders) feel less ownership of public space. See&Do is one project that can help to change that, by reversing that invisibility, and by interrogating the conditions that lead to it."

The conditions being a toxic, everyday sexism that pervades our lives, both men and women, in the most insidious ways, like in how we choose to 'appropriately' move or dress or talk in public.

These banal, prosaic interactions are where feminist men and women gain ground in the daily battle for greater gender equality, and projects like See&Do emphasise their gravity.

On International Women's Day, kudos to every human who continues to support girls and women in enjoying their bodies and reclaiming the streets as spaces where we can train, and sweat, and move freely every day.

Find out about Glasgow Parkour Girls here.

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