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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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The Movement

Hollaback! Releases US Data on Street Harassment!

Hollaback! and Cornell University began a large-scale research survey on street harassment in 2014. The research will be released in two parts: Part I reviews data from the United States and Part II of the survey, a cross-cultural analysis of street harassment from 42 cities around the globe, will release in May. Part I, US-Specific Data, had 4,872 respondents. 

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The data shows that 85% of US women surveyed report experiencing street harassment before the age of 17, and 67% of women report experiencing it before age 14.

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Data was collected and analyzed by Dr. Beth Livingston, Cornell University ILR School and graduate assistants Maria Grillo and Rebecca Paluch, Cornell University ILR School in partnership with Hollaback!

Full results will be available in May 2015 throughout the Hollaback! network. US general results can be viewed above.

For more research on street harassment, see Hollaback!’s Research page.

Published on April 17, 2015 at 11:24 am

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What Hollaback Means to Me

HOLLA-Who? Meet Hollaback! Nairobi

We’re back with our HOLLA-Who series, profiling the amazing site leaders who take on street harassment in their local communities. In the HOLLA-Who series, we learn about what street harassment is like around the world, and what activists are doing today to push back and fight for the right to equal access to public spaces.


Today we’re talking with the amazing Wacu from Hollaback! Nairobi. Wacu started up Hollaback! Nairobi with Class 12, launching back in January. Since then, the site has had a TON of press and on-the-ground awareness, and we’re excited to see where it’ll go!


Why did you start the Hollaback! site in Nairobi, and what inspired you to join on?

I had one particularly bad harassment incident one day just outside my house and I realized I couldn’t just ignore it anymore, Hollaback! gives me reassurance that I am not alone and the strength/courage to speak out so I can go about my business without being scared i might get harassed...”


What’s a HOLLA-fact about your city?  

The amazing Wacu of Hollaback! Nairobi!

The amazing Wacu of Hollaback! Nairobi!

Nairobi means City in the Sun.


Say you’re the Queen for a day. What would you do to end street harassment?

I would probably put up screens everywhere and make everyone watch a one hour video of how serious an issue this is for people to continuously ignore.”


What was your first experience with street harassment?

I honestly can’t remember. I just know I have been complaining for years about being stared at and talked to by weird strangers on the street.


Given that you’ve had years to perfect it, what’s your signature Hollaback!? 

Do I look like I need you to say anything to me?


We’re all about the right to define yourself. What’s your personal style?

Harsh and Brutally Honest.


What’s your super-heroine power?

“I can talk myself out of anything.”


Serious question time. Would you rather have a dragon or be a dragon?

Be a dragon. Having one would require worrying about feeding it.


What is your proudest HOLLA-Moment so far?

Ask me in 6 months


If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be?

Honesty really makes things simple.


What are you excited about for 2015?

Holla::REV London in June”


What inspires you in this work?

My Son and how he is an exact copy of me means I have to set a good example.”


And finally, in the year 2020, street harassment will be…

In the year 2020, street harassment will be on its final days


A big thank you to Wacu from Hollaback! Nairobi!

Holla and out!

Published on May 25, 2015 at 12:19 pm

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Nonverbal Harassment, Story

HOLLA ON THE GO: Lewd Gestures

A man in a pickup truck made a lewd kissing gestures at me while I was walking home from work.

I've got your back!

Published on May 25, 2015 at 10:49 am

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Mary Ellen’s Story: Aggressive Attitude

Just now on campus, an older man came up behind me and said “I like how you walk” I turned around startled and he repeated “I like the way you are walking”. I muttered thanks under my breath, hoping he would walk away, but I guess he didn’t hear me because he said “say thank you” and then louder “SAY THANK YOU!” I stared him down and didn’t say a word, even though I was scared of his aggressive attitude.

I've got your back!

Published on May 24, 2015 at 8:50 pm

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Story, Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Just trying to get to work

A man in a pickup truck yelled to me from traffic about my appearance as I was walking to work.

I've got your back!

Published on May 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week In Our Shoes: We Buzz Around Edition

Hi Hollas,

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Emily at her 5 year celebration.

We hope your week is going well. Here at headquarters we are busy bees buzzing from project to project keeping everything pollinated and growing. Executive Director Emily spent time in Spokane, Washington doing a training with the Washington Coalition for Sexual Assault Prevention. We also released episode 6 of our vlog With Love and Revolution which explores our stance on criminalization of street harassment. Speaking of videos, an amazing young  filmmaker created the awesome short film STOP.

On top of all of these great projects, we took the time to stop and smell the roses this week and celebrate 2 great events. First, we met our goal for our Kickstarter campaign raising $20,989 with the amazing support of 572 backers. Second, Executive Director Emily celebrated her 5 year anniversary of founding Hollaback! as a nonprofit this week. How awesome is that!?

If this week has been as busy for you as it has been for us, make sure to take some time this weekend for self care. These kicks sites could definitely use some rest and relaxation with all the great work they’ve been doing:

Hollaback! Bahamas attended the Peace Revolution Central America and Caribbean fellowship in Guatemala.

Hollaback! Poland site leader Agnieszka Biela gave a lecture on street harassment during the conference at Jagiellonian University.

Hollaback! Peterborough had their launch party. They had a press conference before hand & then a wonderful evening of slam poetry, musical performances & a cat costume contest. They’ve also gotten local media television & radio spots and were interviewed for CBC Radio!

Hollaback! Las Vegas is hosting an Activist’s ABCs camp for youth activists in June. Interested in signing up? Email [email protected]

Take a break this weekend so we can meet next week with a storm!

Holla and out!

Published on May 22, 2015 at 6:43 pm

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