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We’re back with our HOLLA-Who series, profiling the amazing site leaders who take on street harassment in their local communities. In the HOLLA-Who series, we learn about what street harassment is like around the world, and what activists are doing today to push back and fight for the right to equal access to public spaces.
Today we’re talking with the amazing Barbara from Hollaback! Croatia. Hollaback! Croatia launched in 2011. They’re an amazing site who’ve accomplished some huge projects in their community, including a safer spaces campaign! Today we’re chatting with Barbara about why they Hollaback! and what they’re up to.
Why did you start the Hollaback! site in Croatia in 2011 – what inspired you to join on?
“I wanted to speak about issues impacting women and LGBT people. I love Hollaback because it is so empowering – with its tools & a worldwide net of activists.“
What’s a HOLLA-fact about your city?
“The city is considered as safe and its residents are proud about this. However, gender based harassment is ignored in considerations about safety.“
Say you’re the Queen for a day. What would you do to end street harassment?
“Kids will learn from early age – in every kindergarten & school – about mutual respect.”
What was your first experience with street harassment?
“I was groped between my legs at the age of 14.“
Given that you’ve had years to perfect it, what’s your signature Hollaback!?
“Never give away your power.“
We’re all about the right to define yourself. What’s your Hollaback! on-the-ground style?
“I am deliberate, think twice before acting – but nevertheless push for ambitious projects for Hollaback!. Even if it seems that we are not ready for the projects, it turns out right “
What’s your super-heroine power?
“Patience & humor.”
Serious question time. Would you rather have a dragon or be a dragon?
“Have a dragon!“
What is your proudest HOLLA-Moment so far?
If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
“If the idea makes sense, if something is unjust, go for it and do something about it, even if you don’t know how – you will learn during the process and come out stronger.“
What are you excited about for 2015?
“We have more volunteers than ever, they are pushing our boundaries and thanks to them we will do some things for the first time – e.g. a safety audit…“
What inspires you in this work?
“Strong women, the energy and commitment of other Hollaback! volunteers or activists.“
And finally, in the year 2020, street harassment will be…
“In the year 2020, street harassment is finally recognized as a problem, and all members of the community are involved in solving it. Boys learn to respect girls from early age…“
A big thank you to Barbara from Hollaback! Croatia!
Holla and out!
Some people yelled a lot of sexual derogatory comments when I was on my way to a job interview.
I’m 13 and I’m thickly built. At school, i get everything from cat calls Tomas’s grabbings. One day in particular, a boy came up to me and whispered, “you’re gonna ride my d*** like you ride a roller coaster. Once you go black you never go back baby.” I believe it doesn’t matter your skin for one, and that is was completely un-appropriate and disgusting, especially for our ages.
I was in a beach area walking with my parents, when a bunch of college aged guys in a pickup truck hollered in our direction and sped off. It was embarrassing since my parents were there otherwise I would’ve told them to shove it.
I work in car rentals at an airport, a man on the upper level to where my desk is yelled to his friend (standing 2 meters away) ‘Oh f@&k, car rental chick is alright’. He then preceded to yell down to me, asking ‘give us a smile, sexy’. Ironically this happened just a few hours after I submitted to launch a South Australian Hollaback website.
When I was eight my mother and I were walking home at night through an alley when a guy hanging around nearby started following us. He didn’t say anything, he just kept a few paces behind us (like we didn’t notice or something). My mom kept swerving around corners trying to lose him, but she couldn’t and finally he got so close that my mom bent down and pretended to tie her shoe. He stopped and stood there. “Oh you go ahead,” she said. He said ok and kept walking. He was circling back around the block though. My mom just told me to run. We dived behind a dumpster and hid ourselves just as he came back around the corner. My mom called a friend who was nearby and he came and talked the guy into going away.
How the days have sped by at HQ! With Holla::REV London getting closer, we’ve been hard at work getting everything in order. If you’ll be in London on June 23rd, you should join us for our free speaker’s series.
Outside of the office, we’ve been bopping around the city talking about street harassment and movement building wherever we go. Deputy director Debjani trained NYPD sergeants, captains, and lieutenants. Executive director Emily presented to the new Ashoka fellows and shared her expertise on movement building. The Hollaback! HQ team went to a screening of The Hunting Ground with Governor Cuomo. We got to meet Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, the amazing activists featured in the film. This week we’re saying goodbye to the last of our spring interns. Shoutout to Cat for all of her hard work.
Now for a look at what’s going on with our sites across the globe:
Hollaback! Korea is partnering with local organizations and doing some awesome organizing in their efforts to lift the ban on the Seoul Pride Parade. You can have their backs and sign the petition here.
Hollaback! site leaders are continuing to tell their stories, complicate the narrative, and push the movement forward. Keep up the great work everyone!
Holla and out.
I was out walking my dog around 7:30AM while wearing a knee-length dress. As I approach the street corner, I feel something touch the back of my leg. I whip my head around and see a young man with a backpack pulling a phone away from the hem of my dress. I’m stunned for a moment. He walks ahead and I start to realize what he was doing.
I shout after him and give him a look of anger and confusion. He tries to brush it off. He tells me I’m beautiful and asks if I have a man. I’m still just in awe that he thought this was acceptable. I tell him to leave me alone and he speeds off. Should’ve taken a picture of him.
While walking down the street with my friend we were stopped by the group of three men. One of them groped her. Also, the verbal harassment took place. After we escaped from them they were following us and screaming humiliating phrases. We run into my friend’s house to be safe.
I was walking from my college to a Taco Bell down the street, and this guy shouted out of his car window “Suck my dick!!” Obviously my first response was to chase him down so that I could blow him.