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HOLLA::Revolution–our annual speakers’ series–is heading to London June 23!

Today’s the day! Check out the livestream from Holla::REV here, and join the conversation with #hollarev on Twitter.

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This evening event kindly hosted at the Amnesty International Human Rights Centre will see leading thinkers and activists in the field expand the definitions of street harassment and discuss what each of us can, and is doing, do to create real on-the-ground change in our communities.

Join us!

Confirmed speakers and performers include:::

– Laura Bates from Everyday Sexism,
– Emily May, executive director of HollaBack!
– Susuana Antubam, NUS National Women’s Officer
– Hollaback! site leaders from around the world putting issues in their local context, from the Bahamas to New Orleans and beyond!
– Bryony Beynon and Julia Gray, discussing Hollaback London, our advisory work on Project Guardian and the Good Night Out Campaign

A one off special interactive musical performance from Richard Phoenix and Jennifer Calleja of Sauna Youth

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Reserve your (FREE!) tickets today! Hope to see you there.

Published on June 8, 2015 at 11:34 am

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A new street harassment film: STOP.

Julia Retzlaff, an amazing young (18 year-old!!) filmmaker created the awesome short film STOP. about street harassment. Julia has worked as a T.A. for the Bay Area Video Coalition’s (BAVC) beginning video track as well as a freelance editor and researcher for BAVC Productions. We are so excited to see young emerging artists speaking to the realities of street harassment. According to our recent study, 85% of US women report experiencing their first harassment before the age of 17.

Published on May 22, 2015 at 12:06 pm

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Simmone’s Story: “I am not alone”

I’ve actually been harassed way too many times, at one point (because it all started off when I was young 14) I just started to think it was the every day norm for a woman to be harassed, either verbally or physically. But now I understand that it isn’t something your supposed to be used to.
I spent my adolescent years being physically and verbally assaulted, from being molested, to having some stranger call me a slag. All unprovoked.
I’ve had men try and put their hands up my dress on a night out, to men pinning me up walls from behind and kissing my neck.
I’ve even had friends dads touching my breasts, but I was so scared during every encounter I’ve had with these men that I had never said anything, thinking that if I said anything than they would take it further.
I thought I should say something, as I’ve never really told anyone before. Only my partner, and it’s comforting being able go acknowledged that I am not alone. That it’s something that all woman must go through.

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Published on June 29, 2015 at 10:26 pm

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Unwanted following.

A car tried to approach and follow me. This happens constantly near the shopping center

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Published on June 29, 2015 at 10:22 am

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “I said stop but he didn’t”

I was standing in line at Armadillo Grill late last night when a man approached me attempting to hug and then grope me. I said stop but he didn’t, then I yelled. He started screaming that I was a white privileged bitch and then other things like “Princess Diana” which I don’t understand. None of the staff members helped me when I was clearly panicked. He waited for me outside and continued screaming at me while I was waiting for an uber with my friends.

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Published on June 29, 2015 at 10:18 am

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Week In Our Shoes: Holla::Rev London Edition

Hey there Hollaback!,

What a fantastic and exciting week it’s been for us! On Tuesday we hosted our first ever Holla::REV in London! Each of the speakers brought a new issue to the conversation about street harassment, and it was so energizing to have so many new voices engaged in the work to #endSH. Shout out to Bryony, Julia, and Susuana our Hollaback! London and ULU site leaders for all of their help on the ground in making this event a huge success! Emily and Debjani got to spend the rest of the week hanging out with some of our cool site leaders from around the globe for our site-leader retreat.

At home in NYC, the team has been getting enthused about our new platform, HeartMob. On Wednesday, Rachel and the interns attended CivicX Demo Night to support Courtney, our HeartMob expert. Courtney pitched the platform to over 150 attendees at the event. Nice work Courtney!

 

Here’s what’s going on around the globe:

Screen shot 2015-06-26 at 11.49.35 AMHollaback! London, Hollaback! ULU, Hollaback! Nottingham, Hollaback! New Orleans, Hollaback! Bahamas, and Hollaback! Glasgow all attended Holla::Rev and participated in the site leader retreat.

Hollaback! Baltimore hosted an open discussion on black women and their experiences with street harassment. The site co-director Brittany successfully facilitated a conversation centered around black cis and trans women, femmes and girls. Such an important conversation to have!

Hollaback! Berlin hosted an “Own Your Body” festival this past weekend. The team partner with a Brazilian artist whose work is focused on crushing body normalization.

At the Milano Pride Parade this past weekend, Hollaback! Italia joined forces with community members to create a chalk campaign to raise awareness against street harassment.

Can’t wait to hear what amazing things will be going on next week!

Holla and Out!

Published on June 29, 2015 at 10:10 am

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Stephanie’s Story: Subway Stalking

I was waiting for the “walk” sign so I could cross Houston Street in New York City. A man, likely 30 years older than me, stood next to me and said, “Hi, how are you?” I looked up and quickly nodded while giving a faint smile. He then started to tell me about himself to which I showed little interest except for occasionally saying, “Ohh.” He then began to ask me where I lived and where I was going none of which I responded to. He pulled out his cell phone and asked me to put in my number, I said “no”, turned around and went down the stairs of the nearby subway. I did not actually need to use the subway, because I lived nearby, but figured I could hide out there until the light changed and he crossed the street. However, he followed me down the subway stairs and said he needed to use the subway too. At this point I was very scared and started saying, “Please leave me alone. Please leave me alone,” expecting someone in the subway station to step in, but instead on-lookers dispersed, and I was left alone with him. I was scared to run up the stairs in case he continued to follow me or tried to pull me towards him, so I walked right up to the turnstile and fumbled with my wallet, pretending to get out my subway metrocard. He went to the turnstile next to me and put his metrocard in and crossed to the other side. I then immediately backed away as he yelled angrily at me, “Hey! Come back here! Come back here! Give me your number!” I was so scared and in shock that I just stared at him for a bit as he yelled at me, before turning around and sprinting up the stairs and down the street for the next four blocks.

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Published on June 28, 2015 at 2:09 am

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