State of the Streets: Berlin

“I really like that we managed to put the topic on the map. It was something not talked about at all here, and now, we can even refer to our site and say, ‘Look! Street harassment is real and happening on a daily basis.’ People will still try to make the problem smaller than it is, but we have our own source for evidence now.  That makes it much harder for people to simply dismiss sexism as something from the past.” – Julia Brilling

Julia Brilling and Claudia Johann started Hollaback! Berlin after Julia came across Hollaback! London’s website and reached out to Hollaback!’s Executive Director Emily May.  When Hollaback! Berlin began, there was not even a word for street harassment in German.  Julia states, “There was absolutely no discussion on the topic, neither were there any resources.” Hollaback! Berlin has made great strides in the fight to end street harassment in Germany. Since 2011, Julia has assisted in the formation of two more German sites, Hollaback! Dresden and Hollaback! Dusseldorf.   Hollaback! Berlin has appeared in a wide variety of media outlets.  The biggest achievement so far was a collaboration with the “bff – Frauen gegen Gewalt”, a german-wide operating organization that works towards ending violence against women. Hollaback! Berlin is active in raising awareness and giving empowerment workshop on the topic of Street Harassment. As part of Hollaback! Berlin’s plans for the future, Julia is especially interested in increasing collaboration with other Hollaback! sites in her region, as well as helping Hollaback! to collaborate with the local feminist community.

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