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Week in Our Shoes: Events All Around the World!

Hey Hollas!


What a productive week it’s been at HQ! As always, there’s been a lot going on in and out of the office. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

This week our Executive Director, Emily May, attended an event called My Passion; My Philanthropy: Youth & Giving hosted by Women’s eNews. The focus of the event was on “funding for teen girls and the ways in which young people engage in philanthropy, nationally and internationally.” We were proud to be included in the discussion along with other speakers representing Sy Syms Foundation, She’s the First, and Afrika Tikkun USA, Inc!

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Last week, Debjani was featured on an episode of The Call with NY1. The segment focused on subway safety and Debjani gave some advice on street harassment, in response to the viral video of a woman who took a video of a man publicly masturbating on the NYC subway. Trigger warning, but for some inspiration from this brave woman, watch here.

Hollaback!’s app was also featured in a news segment from New York 4 regarding smartphone safety apps. The segment had New Yorkers test out various apps that track someone’s path to their destination, and Debjani was a part of it too!

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We’re also saying goodbye to our Development and Program intern Lan, who we’ve sent off with a staff lunch full of delicious food–thanks so much for all your hard work this summer and good luck on all your future endeavors!

Speaking of interns, we’re still looking for awesome fall interns (HeartMob Program, Communications, and Development and Program)! Please help us spread the word so we can be prepared for the upcoming season!

Here’s what is going on with our sites around the world:

Last week, Hollaback! Amsterdam (they’re making the transition to Hollaback! Netherlands) joined the Dutch Gender Platform Wo=men. Site leader Eve said that “this is exciting news for us because it will connect us with an amazing network of equality-focused organizations in the Netherlands and will increase our visibility and advocacy capacity with the Dutch government.” Keep up the good work!


Hollaback! Cuenca participated in a breakfast hosted by UN Women in order to collect suggestions about the new urban agenda (Habitat III). At this event, they “suggested that the “right of the city” concept should be seen from the perspective where spaces are public but the bodies of the people who walk on them aren’t.” You go Hollaback! Cuenca!

Last week, Hollaback! Detroit held a workshop on harassment and art activism with Girls Rock Detroit. They also distributed their first zine at Zine Fest. We’re so proud of this new site!

That’s all for this week! Awesome all around.

Holla and out!

– the Hollaback! Team

Published on August 25, 2016 at 6:10 pm

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Experiencing Harassment Twice in One Night

At around 6:30 in the evening I was walking back towards the train station with a friend, and two teenagers walked around the corner towards us, one boy and one girl. After we walk past them, the boy yelled out; “fucking slut” so loudly, at first we had no idea what or who he was yelling at until we turned around and I made eye contact with the boy who was grinning as he stared at me. He continued to yell obscenities and abuse at us in such a hateful and viscous manner, my friend and I were just stunned.

What disgusted me most about the situation was the girl he was with seemed to encourage him in his verbal abuse of us. And how we were crossing a popular bridge and no one stepped in to help, just ignored the situation entirely.

After stepping off the train, heading home I got on the bus to get to my house. An older man gets on the bus and as he passes me he stares me up and down so blatantly and purposefully, he slows down and almost stops as he stares at my body. Disgusted, I just stare at him with obvious disgust on my face.

About five minutes later he moves to get of the bus, passing me again he does the same exact thing. But this time he purposefully turns around and stares at me in the middle of the bus in front of everyone. I stare back at him in disgust throwing my hand up in the air, looking around at the other passengers on the bus. But as I make eye contact with them they turn their eyes and faces away.

He steps off the bus, not before giving another two girls near the front a good look over. and turns around and stares at me purposefully and makes these lurid hand gestures at me, and only me as the bus drives away.

I wish I had more of a witty and intelligent comeback to throw out at these harassers, but I always find myself holding myself back in fear of the repercussions. I have heard of plenty of girls being attacked for doing such a thing.

A journey home turns into a deeming and scary experience. How is this okay?

Published on August 25, 2016 at 10:23 am

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “Cutie Pie”

Was walking to the subway when a group of 20-something year old men were on the corner, probably waiting for a bus. One of them shouted “Hey cutie pie!” And made kissing noises. I stopped in front of the group and asked if he really thought it was ok say that to someone, and he said “Yes I do”. I informed him that it was not ok, and when trying to make my case he repeatedly said “ok cutie pie, ok cutie pie” repeatedly over me. I raised my voice and began yelling to make him try to listen, he kept repeating “ok cutie pie” and his friends began to walk away when they saw how angry I was getting, clearly embarrassed that I was causing a scene. I walked away and told them they needed to find new friends.

Published on August 23, 2016 at 11:13 am

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transphobic, Verbal

Behind My Back

I was standing alone in the cue in front of Berghain. Behind me were two men who started to talk about how ugly and disgusting lesbians and especially trans guys are. How ridiculous it is to them that they bind their chest and that “women should look like “normal” women” and style themselves feminine. I`m a trans guy and it was quite obvious that they enjoyed talking like that behind me. I felt too tired, sad and exhausted to say something. After about 20 minutes of this kind of harrassment behind my back I decided to leave. I felt disappointed by myself, angry and sad that I wasn`t able to defend myself in that situation.

Published on August 23, 2016 at 11:10 am

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Harassment on the Train Platform

57b7ac7e686f731f5c010000.jpegI was on the phone figuring out where my ride was going to pick me up and a man started following me and screaming at me to go away. I had been standing on the platform about 15 seconds. He claimed this (the train platform) was not my home and I needed to go back to where I came from. I pulled up my phone to take a picture of him and he tried to grab it from my hand. I said if he touched me again, I would hit him. He said he would beat me up. He said I would be arrested. I took his picture and went to the other side of the train platform, and waited for my ride elsewhere. I noticed while we drove away that he had left. He must have been afraid of me having his picture. This is the first time I have tried to stand up for myself. I am tired of being bullied.

Published on August 23, 2016 at 11:00 am

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