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Week In Our Shoes: Hit The Ground Running

Hey Hollas!

This week has been super busy and exciting, with our interns getting into the swing of things and some cool new opportunities knocking on our door. We’ve spent the week here at HQ reaching out to the community and hitting the ground running to ensure that this fall is an eventful one!

town-hall-1Our Executive Director Emily attended a Town Hall meeting on park safety on Wednesday, Sept. 21, and our friends over at The Center for Anti-Violence Education were also there. Organizations involved in health and safety educated officials and the community on how to stay safe in parks, making for a super productive meeting!

This weekend was also jam-packed with activity! On Saturday, Sept. 24, our Executive Director Emily and our Program and Administrative Assistant Tamar attended a super informative panel called Children, Not Criminals: Rethinking School Discipline at the Brooklyn Museum. The panel addressed the role that in-school arrests and school suspensions play in criminalizing young men and women of color. The panel provided alternative disciplinary techniques from national and local advocates working in the school-to-prison pipeline sector. 

project-empowerment-1Emily also facilitated a discussion with Project Empowerment on Sunday, Sept. 25, where she talked about the burdens that accompany being a woman, the birth of Hollaback!, the struggle to make street harassment recognized as an issue worthy of attention and action and the journey of turning Hollaback! into a global movement. During her speech, Emily encouraged other women to empower each other by sharing their stories, and changing the narrative of our culture. What an awesome message!

Another awesome update is that Emily was recently named one of the 21 international leaders changing European politics by VoteRunLead, a national organization that uses technology and training to accelerate the number of women involved in civic and political leadership. We’re so incredibly proud of her!

Here’s what’s been going on with our sites around the world:

Elaine Coyle, Hollaback! Belfast’s representative on a feminist activist lead TV discussion program called Reclaim The Agenda, recently filmed an episode dedicated to sexual harassment, where participants addressed and discussed the increasing rate at which young women are sexually harassed, and the societal stigma that prevents these women from coming forward and standing up for themselves. Panelists discussed rewriting the narrative by bringing both men and women on board to prevent sexual harassment and passing legislation that requires schools to teach lessons advocating for gender equality.

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Hollaback! Bahamas founder Alicia Wallace recently wrote an article in Lady Clever about bringing the initiative to her community. In the article, Wallace detailed some instances of street harassment and victim-blaming she had experienced, and explained that bringing Hollaback! to her community was a way to reclaim her power and her voice. After feeling tired of the silence that surrounded sexual harassment, she applied to be a site leader for Hollaback! Bahamas, which launched in April of 2014.

To help people understand street harassment—definition, root cause, and effects—and combat it, we have to use statistics available to us, and continue sharing our stories,” she said. Great job, Alicia! We can’t wait to watch the site grow!

Awesome work, everyone! We can’t wait to see what next week has in store!

Holla and out!

-the Hollaback! Team

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Week in Our Shoes: Falling Into Place

Hey Hollas!

Fall is in full swing, and with the shift in seasons come some other changes here at HQ, so let’s get to it! Our three new interns have officially started this week, with Aiofe working on Heartmob Program, Talia on Development and Program and Suzy on Communications. We’re excited to see what they can contribute to our wonderful organization in the coming months!

We’ve also been making strides toward improving our online presence as well! HeartMob’s website has undergone some changes, including updates to the About and FAQ pages, a new feature that will display comments from other trusted HeartMob users, enhanced help and guides on best practices via the Support pages and the combining of Help Requests and My Cases into the My Harassment tab. These changes were made to provide convenience and support, and to improve overall usability. Hollaback!’s site is also receiving a well-deserved makeover, and photos from last week’s shoot are set to appear on the new website, which will likely launch in late October.

unnamedOur Co-Founder and Executive Director Emily May attended a Digital Momentum Training Conference last weekend, and learned some new tools to build social movements through our organization. The conference gave Emily a chance to connect and network with folks from other groups, which helped her understand how Hollaback! is both similar to and different from other organizations. The conference was super helpful, and we hope to attend more like it soon!

Here’s what is going on with our sites around the world:

Hollaback! Vancouver took a stand against Jan Huang, a “pickup artist” who visited the University of British Columbia on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Huang teaches students a three-day-long $1,500 dating boot camp on how to approach women. Hollaback! Vancouver’s team lead and UBC student Stacey Forrester was mentioned in British Columbia’s daily newspaper The Province, saying Huang’s pickup boot camp is “part of harassment culture.” Forrester and other students used social media to notify the university president that Huang was on campus, and repeatedly asked campus security to remove him from the premises. Thanks for taking a stand, Hollaback! Vancouver!

ottawameantweets1Hollaback! Ottawa was featured on The Ghomeshi Effect, a dance-theater company about sexual violence in Canada on Sunday, Sept. 18 for an event called Mean Tweets Live: The Ghomeshi Effect, which was previewed in an article in The Ottawa Citizen. The article explained that the event, which was inspired by late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets segment, entails attendees reading aloud mean tweets and using the opportunity to fight back against misogyny through humor and solidarity. All proceeds raised from the event benefitted Hollaback! Ottawa. Great job!
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 website came an entire article about the initiative published in The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The article explained Hollaback!’s global and local mission. Hollaback! Jakarta co-founder Angie said the website’s goal is “for Jakarta to end street harassment.” Identifying the website as a story-sharing platform, Angie said it helps raise awareness and build a connection with other organizations that share the same goal. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Hollaback! Jakarta!

Great work everyone! That’s all for this week!

Holla and out!

the Hollaback! Team

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Week in Our Shoes: New Interns, New Site and Global Updates!

Hey Hollas!

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Fall seems to be setting in, in terms of weather and other changes! It’s been a very busy week here at HQ, so let’s get to it:

We had a photoshoot for our new website that we’re working on! Despite the chance of rain, we powered through it and got some pretty good pics. For now, here’s a behind the scenes pic–we definitely can’t wait until they are unveiled on our new website! Thanks to our photographer, Luke!

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We also had not one but three new interns start this week! Meet our interns Aoife (HeartMob; left in pic), Suzy (Communications), and Talia (Development and Program; middle of pic). Suzy is a New Yorker, while Aoife and Talia are recent transplants–Aoife moved from Ireland and Talia hails from Canada! We’re so excited to start this season with such awesome interns!

Speaking of interns, we’re very sad to say goodbye to Lucy (right in pic), our awesome, incredible communications intern.

Here’s what is going on with our sites around the world:

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Hollaback! Jakarta held their official launch event! Congrats on such a successful event and we can’t wait to see what this new site is up to!

Hollaback! Alberta created a timeline of one person’s experience of street harassment which also includes stats from studies.

Hollaback! Belfast’s representative Elaine was featured on a feminist activist tv discussion show called Reclaim the Agenda. The episode was about sexual harassment. You go Hollaback! Belfast!

Hollaback! Bosnia & Herzegovina and Hollaback! Croatia got together in Sarajevo for the PitchWise festival of Women’s Art & Activism. Site leader Maksida said they discussed their “plans, strategies and perspectives. This year the festival gave attention to public place where artists often experience street harassment while performing art. We offered our expertise in this field and participated at workshops.” Really awesome work!

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Hollaback! Ottawa was mentioned in an article from the Ottawa Sun. The article was about online harassment–more specifically, the online harassment playwright Jessica Ruano and her work, The Ghomeshi Project, have received. Feel free to join Hollaback! Ottawa in an event this weekend on Sunday the 18th called Mean Tweets Live: The Ghomeshi Project where Ruano and others will read the mean tweets they are sent.

Hollaback! Vancouver‘s site leader Stacey spoke at an event at SFU Vancouver. She spoke about safety in public spaces, sexual harassment, and the work that the site does. You’re doing a great job Hollaback! Vancouver!

What an amazing week! Keep up the great work everyone!

Holla and out!

the Hollaback! Team

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Week in Our Shoes: Back to Cool

Hey Hollas!

Summer is officially over as everyone across the country has gone back to school this week (the weather has been getting cooler too)! Though everyone here at HQ has graduated already, we’ve been busy bees with events, interviews, and some behind-the-scenes work in order to have an eventful and exciting fall!

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This week our Executive Director, Emily May, presented at Civic Hall! During this event, she discussed why Hollaback! started and what it does. We’re proud to be involved with Civic Hall and to be able to start a conversation about street harassment with so many inspiring individuals!

Emily was also a part of a panel during the Mind Your Own Business: Cinema Against Street Harassment event. The first day of the event screened Maggie Hadleigh-West’s War Zone, which focuses on street harassment and even has West confronting those who street harass. During the panel, they discussed “what we can do to end this perverse – and pervasive – epidemic.”

Online harassment has been covered a lot in the news lately–Hollaback! and HeartMob both received a mention from Take The Lead. The article discussed how not only famous women, but any women, who use social media can face online harassment and what needs to be done to combat it.

Debjani spoke with WPIX about a possible 911 texting option for victims of domestic violence. She also spoke to Runner’s World about street harassment in both suburban and urban areas. Stay tuned with our Twitter for the video and article when they are released!

Here’s what is going on with our sites around the world:

Hollaback! London was mentioned in a speech by a club owner as one of the many resources the club used in order to make London nightlife safer for everyone. Last week, Hollaback! London also issued a statement about the new Night Tube where they offered their support and services to those who may experience harassment when using the new train service. You go Hollaback! London!

Hollaback! Alberta was featured in the Edmonton Examiner. The article discusses confronting harassment and even mentions a survey that Hollaback! Alberta conducted in 2013 “designed to study the different demographics and reasons behind gender-based street harassment.” Great work Hollaback! Alberta!

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Hollaback! Vancouver participated in WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre’s Take Back the Campus: A March to End Rape Culture. This was a “demand that leadership go beyond simply writing policy and actually create a culture where sexualized violence against students, staff and faculty is not tolerated and is dealt with in just, timely and meaningful ways.”
See the video of the event here. And if you’re in the area, check out the other events that will be going on for the rest of the week!

That’s all for this week!

Holla and out!

the Hollaback! Team

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Week in Our Shoes: In the Media and More!

Hey Hollas!

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It’s been an exciting week here at HQ! We’ve had a great week discussing the work we do in various forms of media, from radio shows to podcasts to news articles!

Hollaback! And HeartMob were featured in The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC. Debjani and Joel Stein were a part of the discussion on “how the culture of hate and trolling is terrorizing the internet, after actor Leslie Jones became a victim of cyberbullying last week.” Our Executive Director, Emily May, was featured in Stein’s article in Time that focused on online harassment. She was quoted discussing her experiences with trolls. HeartMob also received a mention!

Emily’s interview in Teen Queen Radio’s podcast went live this week! She discussed the history, mission, and goals of Hollaback! and HeartMob and answered questions about street harassment.

Hollaback! and HeartMob were mentioned in an article by NBC News that focused on Leslie Jones and the ongoing online harassment she’s faced. Debjani was quoted “More often than not the targets are successful women of color because these harassers and abusers don’t believe in our full and equal humanity…This is a deeper problem, and the various expressions of it online are repugnant. These people who are doing this are not trolls, they’re harassers, abusers and in the case of rape and death threats, criminals.”

Here’s what is going on with our sites around the world:

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Hollaback! Romania shared a video on street harassment that they made. Check out their Facebook to see the video in full (it also has English subtitles)! This is the first video that speaks about street harassment in Romania–congrats and keep up the good work Hollaback! Romania!

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Hollaback! Istanbul was featured in an article by Middle East Eye, where members of the group spoke about their experiences with street harassment and actions taken when they see others experiencing such harassment.

Hollaback! London ran a workshop on street harassment with Sisters Uncut. The session “explore[d] some of the amazing and different ways women keep themselves safe before/after experiencing street harassment, and underpin[nned] this all with some discussion around the law.” You’re doing a great job Hollaback! London!

That’s all for this week!

Holla and out!

– the Hollaback! Team

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Week in Our Shoes: Events All Around the World!

Hey Hollas!

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What a productive week it’s been at HQ! As always, there’s been a lot going on in and out of the office. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

This week our Executive Director, Emily May, attended an event called My Passion; My Philanthropy: Youth & Giving hosted by Women’s eNews. The focus of the event was on “funding for teen girls and the ways in which young people engage in philanthropy, nationally and internationally.” We were proud to be included in the discussion along with other speakers representing Sy Syms Foundation, She’s the First, and Afrika Tikkun USA, Inc!

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Last week, Debjani was featured on an episode of The Call with NY1. The segment focused on subway safety and Debjani gave some advice on street harassment, in response to the viral video of a woman who took a video of a man publicly masturbating on the NYC subway. Trigger warning, but for some inspiration from this brave woman, watch here.

Hollaback!’s app was also featured in a news segment from New York 4 regarding smartphone safety apps. The segment had New Yorkers test out various apps that track someone’s path to their destination, and Debjani was a part of it too!

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We’re also saying goodbye to our Development and Program intern Lan, who we’ve sent off with a staff lunch full of delicious food–thanks so much for all your hard work this summer and good luck on all your future endeavors!

Speaking of interns, we’re still looking for awesome fall interns (HeartMob Program, Communications, and Development and Program)! Please help us spread the word so we can be prepared for the upcoming season!

Here’s what is going on with our sites around the world:

Last week, Hollaback! Amsterdam (they’re making the transition to Hollaback! Netherlands) joined the Dutch Gender Platform Wo=men. Site leader Eve said that “this is exciting news for us because it will connect us with an amazing network of equality-focused organizations in the Netherlands and will increase our visibility and advocacy capacity with the Dutch government.” Keep up the good work!

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Hollaback! Cuenca participated in a breakfast hosted by UN Women in order to collect suggestions about the new urban agenda (Habitat III). At this event, they “suggested that the “right of the city” concept should be seen from the perspective where spaces are public but the bodies of the people who walk on them aren’t.” You go Hollaback! Cuenca!

Last week, Hollaback! Detroit held a workshop on harassment and art activism with Girls Rock Detroit. They also distributed their first zine at Zine Fest. We’re so proud of this new site!

That’s all for this week! Awesome all around.

Holla and out!

– the Hollaback! Team

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Week in Our Shoes: Multiple Meetings and a Few Features

Hey Hollas!

We’ve had another busy week here at HQ–the weather has been cooling down a bit in NYC but we’re getting fired up by planning and preparing for a very busy fall of advancing the movement to end street and online harassment! This past weekend we had a very successful board and staff strategic planning meeting and can’t wait to share everything we came up with!

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Speaking of fall, we are excited to announce that we’re looking for interns! We have several internships available (Communications, HeartMob Program, and Development and Program Internship) at our office in Brooklyn. Please help us spread the word and help us expand our team in order to prep for our exciting future!

This week our executive director, Emily May, went to a convening at Civic Hall organized by Imagine Better where the focus was on building narrative change. We were proud to be a part of the conversation along with other organizations like Greenpeace and The Family Dinner Project!

Here’s what is going on with our sites around the world:

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Last week, Hollaback! Detroit was featured in Ioby! Site founders Brooke and Brea were interviewed about the creation of this new site and their fundraising efforts. Brooke was quoted “We’re trying to point out that no, just because a woman’s walking down the street doesn’t mean she has to stop and talk to you, and just because she doesn’t stop and talk to you doesn’t mean she’s a bitch.” We’re excited to see the amazing things Hollaback! Detroit will do!

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Hollaback! Ottawa was interviewed by CBC News about the near one-year old initiative of an online tool to report street harassment. Site founder Julie stated “People are reporting more incidents than before. People are feeling more comfortable talking about their experiences. So we’re feeling really good a year into this project.” You go Hollaback! Ottawa!

That’s all for this week!

Holla and out!

the Hollaback! Team

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Week in Our Shoes: Interviews and Workshops and Events, Oh My!

Hey Hollas!

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As always, it’s been a very productive week here at HQ! From interviews to workshops, we’ve been keeping busy and been on the forefront when it comes to working on this movement to end street and online harassment!

Both Emily and Debjani were featured in an article in the Gotham Gazette this week where they spoke about what needs to be done in order to address street harassment appropriately.

Speaking of being featured, Debjani also spoke to CJAD Radio in Montreal about street harassment.

Debjani also trained 40 youths from South Asian Youth Action in Queens on how to handle street harassment. Working within our communities with those most affected by the issues is always a great experience! And these young women are such badasses!

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This week we also welcomed our new Program and Administrative Assistant, Tamar, to the team! Tamar is a recent grad of Wellesley College, where she majored in Sociology with a minor in Africana Studies. She was also the President of Ethos, Wellesley’s Black Student Union, and writes about race and popular culture for Her Campus and Blavity.

Here’s what is going on with our sites around the world:

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Last week, Hollaback! Vancouver created an awesome infographic on what to do when you witness street harassment. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to see the full infographic in all its glory!

Hollaback! Ottawa is partnering with Ottawa Rock Camp for Girls and participating in their summer block party on Saturday, August 13th where all proceeds from the event will go towards a Rock Camp Weekend in November. Keep up the good work Hollaback! Ottawa!

That’s all for this week!

Holla and out!

The Hollaback! Team

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Week in Our Shoes: Interviews, Events, and Workshops Galore!

Hey Hollas!

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It’s been a busy week here at HQ with planning for interviews and events galore! A film crew visited this week to feature executive director, Emily May, on an upcoming segment called Master Millennials. Our interns, Lan and Lucy, also got to be in a couple of shots. We had a lot of fun answering their questions about Hollaback! and we’re excited to see and share the final segment!

Speaking of features, Emily shared her tips about how to handle online harassment on CBC News.

Debjani will be speaking about street harassment at the 5th annual She’s The First Summit on August 5th. It’s going to be an amazing weekend full of inspiring and motivational speakers from around the world!

Here’s what Hollaback! sites around the world have been up to this week:

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Last week Hollaback! Istanbul held an outdoor training and harassment workshop where they gathered to share stories about harassment they faced. Keep up the good work Hollaback! Istanbul!

Hollaback! Detroit also held a workshop at BFF Fest where they shared stories about street harassment and shared tips on how to handle it. Stay tuned for more events from this new site!

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Hollaback! Vancouver participated in the Vancouver Pride Society Parade to spread awareness about street harassment. They took the “Cats Against Catcalls” slogan literally, dressing up as cats for the parade!

Hollaback! Oxford was featured by That’s Oxfordshire earlier this week where they discussed speaking up about and combatting street harassment. Check out their feature and follow them on Twitter to keep up with them!

That’s all for now!

Holla and out!

The Hollaback! Team

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Week in Our Shoes: Events and Features from Around the World!

Hi Hollas!

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Here at the HQ, we’ve been stewing in the heatwave–but that doesn’t stop us from forging ahead in building this movement to end street and online harassment! Despite the sweltering weather we’re very excited to be planning and prepping for the Fall. Meet our new Communications Intern Lucy, a recent grad from UC Berkeley! 

 

We are also thrilled to announce that we are looking for a Program and Communications Coordinator, who will be working in our office in Brooklyn. This is a brand new position and the deadline for applications is on August 15, 2016. Please share this with everyone you know and help us build our team in preparation for Hollaback!’s big, bright future!

 

Here’s what Hollaback! sites around the world has been up to this week: 

 

Hollaback! Oxford was featured twice this week: on BBCOxford Radio and BBC South Today. Check out and follow their Facebook page for the full video. You go Hollaback! Oxford!

 

Hollaback! Ottawa shared photos hollabackottowaof a chalk walk they recently held in order to spread anti-harassment messages and to create a dialogue about harassment in their community.
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Hollaback! Detroit has their first event at BFF Fest this weekend! They’ll be holding a workshop on responding to street harassment and how to be a good bystander on Saturday, July 30 from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm at El Club, located at 4114 West Vernor Highway in Detroit. Stay tuned to this new site for more information on this event and any upcoming events!

That’s all for this week!

Holla and out!
– the Hollaback! Team

 

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