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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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Week in our Shoes: International Research Launch Edition!

Hey there, Hollas! Infographic- Largest CC Study

We’ve got some exciting news for the international movement. Drum roll, please! We released the largest international, cross-cultural study on street harassment. The data shows that 84% of women around the world are first harassed before the age of 17. You can check out the country by country data here. We’ve also had some great press hits on Telegraph, Glamour, Gothamist, and BuzzFeed! Shout out to our awesome deputy director Debjani Roy for her amazing leadership on this project.

Meanwhile around the world…

Hollaback! Peterborough is partnering with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and helping circulate their survey for survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. If you’re in the region of Peterborough, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, take part in the survey before the end of the month.

Hollaback! Ottawa site leader Julie Lalonde was featured on CBC after speaking out about her experience of street harassment.

Hollaback! Bahamas will be at the Nassau Village Urban Renewal walkathon this weekend. If you’re in the area and want to join them, find more information here.

Hollaback! Vegas hosted a free screening of The Punk Singer in an effort to spread feelings of empowerment and educate the community about powerful women.

Hollaback! London‘s Good Night Out program was featured in a piece by Medium. One of their awesome site leaders Julia Gray spoke about the ways women are perceived when out at night. Great press team!

It’s been a happening week, and we can’t wait to see what Hollabackers do next week!

Holla and out!

Published on May 29, 2015 at 5:14 pm

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Sisters on the Street

A bunch of f***boys talking and comparing me and my sisters thighs while we were walking down the street.

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Published on May 28, 2015 at 11:21 am

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Restaurant Rudeness

i worked in a high end Italian restaurant, everyday anything I wore I would get hollered by the staff. I felt very uncomfortable.. I am just 19 years old and these men are in their mid 40s and above..plus this was a new job for me.. I couldn’t step in the kitchen without hearing a whistle or someone trying to grab my butt.. It just got to the point that I had to quit that job.. And now am afraid to work in any other restaurants due to the harassment that happens in the kitchen/ restaurant.

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Published on May 27, 2015 at 11:20 am

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Christina’s Story: What did he think would happen?

Yesterday on the way home from the gym I was walking quickly wearing my black gym pants and a lululemon jacket. I was in no way looking inappropriate.
I was carrying bags ontop of my gym bag as i was having people for dinner that night. As i was walking one way a few people came into my path as they had just crossed the street so as i was weaving through a few people, a large man wearing sunglasses was passing by behind me and he leaned in quickly into my ear and said “damn!”. There are two things, one why did he feel like he had the right to invade my space to get in my ear like that and what did he think would happen as a result? That i would fall down to my knees right then and there and suck him off? What are these ass hats actually thinking?! I kept walking briskly and refused to give him the time of day. But it’s disgusting.

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Published on May 26, 2015 at 2:29 pm

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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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