Week In Our Shoes: Full Frontal Feministing

Hello Amazing Hollas!

We are now at the tail end of Womens History Month 2013. Many, many of you hosted and attended incredible events around the world, speaking on our site and all over the media about harassment, doing our part in this international conversation about everyday violence by holla-ing back! Well done.

  • POLICY! I met with staffers from Councilmembers’ Arroyo, Rose, Quinn, Comrie, Chin, and Ferreras’ offices this week to talk about getting anti-harassment education implemented in New York City middle schools.
  • PRESS! We’re closing out women’s history month with a series of posts about our own history on Feministing! Check them out on our main site as well. Hollaback! was also featured in the Huffington Post and PoicyMic in an article called “Street Harassment Isn’t That Different from Rape.”
  • SPEAKING OUT! Deputy Director Debjani Roy sat on the “Building Social Movements” panel discussion at the 2013 Project Pericles Debating for Democracy National Conference last week! The conference focused on civic engagement and social action, aiming to inspire student leaders and provide them with ideas and tools to work on issues they care about. Meanwhile, I headed out to Atlanta, GA to speak at the Panhellenic Southeastern Conference.
  • PARTNERS! I met with Rookie Magazine (swoon!), Futures without Violence, and did a webinar with Nancy Schwartzman from the Line Campaign for the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault this week!

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Hollaback! NYC had their Eileen Fisher event last weekend! Hollas bravely took on an afternoon of NYC saturday shoppers, tabling at Eileen Fisher locations all over the New York area. They talked to customers and passers by about Hollaback!, street-harassment awareness, and our hollawesome fight. The New York hollas are also revving their engines for their Anti-Street Harassment Rally and Chalk Walk on April 13! Check out their site for details.

Hollaback! Berlin got some fancy press this week speaking about Hollaback! and breaking the silence against sexual harassment. The site also attended the International Activism Conference in Berlin.

Hollaback! Ottawa was featured in both CBC News AND Ottawa’s Metro Newspaper talking about the serious issue sexual harassment on public transportation and how to address it. Particularly of note here is Ottawa Hollas potent stance on whether or not the city should put cameras on public transportation vehicles: “If the City is going to spend upwards of a million dollars on cameras, then they surely have some money to spare for public education regarding harassment and assault. And it’s those kinds of preventative measures we’d like to see.” Way to RULE, Hollas!

Hollaback! Brussels, the on-fire group responsible for the beautiful We Chalk Walk Tumblr, is now organizing a #ShareTheStreets Walk. Hollas and fellow walkers will walk around Brussels, leaving small “gifts” with small messages around the city. Their purpose is to start a very necessary street dialogue of gifts to each other, in a gesture of caring, giving, and rising up together as bystanders.

Hollaback! Montreal is planning for Anti-Street Harassment Week by organizing a bilingual bystander intervention workshop!

Hollaback! Dresden posted an very powerful article on their sight this week highlighting the issue of violence against women and how the problem is so terribly embedded in society.

Hollaback! Baltimore blogger Rebecca Evans posted a blog piece on how advertising dictates our social conversation in public and on the street.

Hollaback! Boston site leader Angela bids her fellow hollas farewell as she moves on to many new and exciting opportunities in her new home in Detroit. Angela has been important part of the Hollaback! movement and she will always be a part of our family. A big Holla THANK YOU to Angela!

Hollaback! Philly’s comic book campaign is going swimmingly! The comic book is fully funded, and they even raised enough money to fund their trip to COMICON 2014 in San Diego to represent the women and LGBTQIA conversation in a forum where these issues are rarely brought up. I’m so proud.

Hollaback! Buenos Aires participated in a discussion group on street harassment this week at the Tierra Violeta Cultural Centre. Hollas screened A Walk Home and talked about street harassment, art, race, intersexuality, and harassment as experienced by LGBTQIA men and women. Fantastic!

HOLLA and out —

Emily

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