Week In Our Shoes: Making Herstory Edition

Hello Hollabackers! Hope everyone had a great International Women’s Day on Saturday!

This week, Hollaback! was featured in ASOS Magazine, London’s Evening Standard, The Guardian, The New York Times, Dalstonist,  Ottawa Citizen, Wildtimes, MixMag, The Ransom Note, DJ Mag, Tribune 42, FACT Magazine, Resident Advisor, The Debrief, Dazed Digital, The Quietus, CNN (more than once!), and Buzzsaw Magazine

Here’s what HOLLAs around the world have been up to:

Hollaback! Bahamas has been standing up to their government the past couple of weeks due to a recent incident in which a Bahamian Member of Parliament decided it was appropriate to joke about beating up his girlfriend during a budget debate. When he was publicly criticized for his words, he responded with non-apologies and compared this criticism to rape. The government of the Bahamas has declined to address this conduct in their House so Hollaback! Bahamas is asking others around the world to add voices to theirs and demand accountability. If you’d like to join their efforts, you can check out their Facebook page for recent updates, follow the conversation on twitter using #NotBetterInTheBahamas and #VAW, and share their story. HB! Bahamas was also on the radio show “Global Talk” this week, discussing “Women’s Rights in The Bahamas, the Region, and the World”.

Hollaback! Belfast joined the Women’s collective Reclaim the Agenda in celebrating International Women’s Day by marching and having a major rally in Belfast.

Hollaback! Bosnia and Herzegovina joined the CURE foundation in marching through Sarajevo for International Women’s Day. The purpose of the march was to remind citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina of the true values ​​of IWD, but to also draw attention to the current discrimination of women in BiH society. Check out these awesome photos from the march here.

Hollaback! Boston presented at the Five College Queer Gender and Sexuality Conference at Hampshire College in Amherst.

Hollaback! Des Moines held their monthly meetup, an open forum to discuss street harassment issues in Des Moines.

Hollaback! Dublin did a workshop with students in Trinity College, Dublin as part of their International Women’s Week program. They also wrote an open letter to Chris Barry, host of FM104 Phoneshow – one of Dublin’s most talked about radio show.  Barry recently made comments on the air condoning sexual harassment in the workplace in which HB! Dublin’s letter is in response to. In the letter, HB! Dublin discusses the seriousness of sexual harassment in the workplace, how Barry’s comments can have great negative consequence on their culture, and request that he make a public apology to the women of Dublin.

Hollaback! Gent held a meeting on violence against women in collaboration with other feminist organizations in Gent. The event included various workshops, with HB! Gent presenting on “Being a Bystander on the Street and a Supporter for Victims of Sexual Assault”. More information (mostly in Dutch) and visuals can be found on the event website: Doorbreek de Stilte (which translates to “Break the Silence” in Dutch).

Hollaback! London had a fantastic launch week for their Good Night Out campaign. They got a TON of press (linked up top), put up posters in supporter venues around the city, and already have some interest from more venues to get on board! Check out some of the positive feedback they’ve been getting on twitter and feel free to join the conversation at #goodnightout. HB! London also participated in the Million Women Rise march and rally on Saturday, and held a free workshop at the WOWZERS Festival on Sunday. The workshop was an informal, friendly safe space where attendees could discuss their experiences of street harassment, talk about myths, learn about the work of Hollaback!, and find out how to get involved.

Hollaback! Ottawa was a recipient of a 2014 Femmy Award for their work, a local award given to organizations or individuals who have made a difference in the fight for women’s equality in the National Capital Region. Way to go HB! Ottawa!

Hollaback! Pittsburgh created a Guest Mix for The Grey Estates, a Pittsburgh based music blog and zine. The playlist is “full of songs meant to empower and remind women (and LGBTQ folks, or anyone who is the victim of street harassment) to fight back again harassment and hollaback!”. In other words, it rules!

Hollaback! Tucson wrote an open letter to tumblr users, discussing recent posts from users claiming that to have an education negates all oppression.

Hollaback! University of London Union (ULU) launched a new training guide for staff in students’ unions as part of the Good Night Out campaign. The guide aims to help clubs, venues, bars and pubs to better deal with, address and prevent the harassment of women and LGBTQ people in their spaces. You can download the ‘Good Night Out’ – Students’ Unions Staff Training Guide here.

The HOLLAs continue to rock Women’s Herstory Month! Woo! Til next week-

HOLLA and out!

- The Hollaback! Team

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