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Welcome to HOLLA::Revolution!
On July 25th, 2013, Hollaback! hosted the first ever international conference on street harassment, HOLLA::Revolution. The event was emceed by Jamia Wilson and featured leading local and international leaders in the fight against gender violence.
The historic event featured 18 speakers and performers representing organizations such as: Bklyn Boihood, Sassafrass Tech Collective, Women in Media and News, Girls for Gender Equity, Cornell University, Feministing, the Man Up Campaign, the NoVo foundation, and Hollaback!.
The event, held at 20 Cooper Square, sold out with 150 supporters in the audience. It was live-streamed with over 570 viewers watching from around the world. HOLLA::Revolution ran from 2pm to 6pm EDT and was followed by a cocktail hour and presenter discussion downstairs at the venue.
Online, #hollarev was the buzzword of the day. HOLLA::Revolution’s hashtag, #hollarev, generated over 2,800 discussions on twitter and facebook leading up to and during the event. Online tweets and posts reached 1.8 million people world wide on the day of the event, and the discussion has continued since then, sparking a tremendous amount of press from Am New York, Bitch Magazine, The Source, Stop Street Harassment, Vitamin W, The Coast, and the Daily Beast.
After the HOLLA::Revolution Speaker Series, 90 percent of the audience wrote that they came away with a better understanding of what street harassment is and 90 percent of respondents wrote that, after the event, they came away with new ideas for stopping and responding to street harassment in their communities. The audience described the event as “diverse”, “intersectional”, and “inspiring”, and 95 percent of survey respondents stated that they would attend future HOLLA::Revolution events.
You can check out the promo video for HOLLA::Revolution below!
The second part of HOLLA::Revolution was a Hollaback!’s Site Leader Retreat, running from July 26th-28th.
25 site leaders from around the world came to New York City to hold workshops, engage in discussion, and plan the future of anti-street harassment work.
Site leaders and members of the Hollaback! community presented 8 full length workshops on topics ranging from Time Management and Crisis Response Care to Fundraising and Strategic Planning.
Of the participants who were able to come to New York, 100% responded that they left the retreat with new ideas and projects for the coming year. Notably, 100% of site leader respondents wrote that they would love to see a HOLLA::Revolution site leader retreat next year. Feedback from the site leader retreat was overwhelmingly positive, with site leaders describing the workshop series as “supportive” and “invaluable”.
Hollaback! Boston writes,
“Hollarev was life-changing for me. I’ve never felt so supported and inspired by a group of people in my life. I left the retreat feeling like I had the power to make real change in the world.”
Hollaback! Dublin site leaders echo that sentiment, writing:
“The retreat made me feel so much more capable of running a Hollaback site. It was amazing to connect with other site leaders and learn from them and share ideas about how to do things in our hometowns and we’ve continued to do that after the retreat. The weekend gave me so many tools to run the site better and build a more cohesive plan to end street harassment in Dublin and also gave me the confidence to start putting the plan into action!”
Hollaback! Ottawa writes,
“Being a part of an international movement for 2+ years has been a truly amazing experience. Being able to finally MEET these amazing people and having the space to talk and knowledge share far exceeded my expectations. Hollaback! is an organization built on the dedication of individuals around the globe who go above and beyond for their community on the sole basis of their desire to see a better world. Creating a space for those same individuals to be re-energized and supported is crucial to the viability of this movement.”
We cannot wait for next year! Until then, follow the conversation online: #hollarev