A Week in Our Shoes

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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Week in Our Shoes: Nine New Sites Edition!

Happy weekend Hollas,

 

This week at the Headquarters, we are celebrating the leadership of nine new Hollaback! sites! These teams have gone through intensive training and community outreach and we can’t wait to see what they’ll do next. Join us in welcoming leading thinkers and movement makers in Costa RicaDetroit, USAJakarta, IndonesiaLawrence, KS, USAMadrid, SpainOslo, NorwayOxford, UKRiyadh, Saudi ArabiaTrinidad and Tobago. Check out their websites to volunteer, send a kind message, or to keep up with the launch events they’ve planned.

Emily and Jae were at Nexus Youth Summit 2016 this week in NYC, and Debjani held an important interview on PX11 Morning News to discuss Gretchen Carlson’s experience of harassment. Also, big news — this week HeartMob won “best new product” at Netroots Nation! We’ve been having a dance party all week long.

 

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

 

Hollaback! Vancouver‘s Good Night Out program had a heavy presence at Bass Coast festival. These folks are doing amazing work creating safer spaces in festival, club, and concert culture to ensure thanetrootsnation2t we all have a good night (and weekend) out. They write, “when creating a community with intention those elements of the status quo have no place, and you do all you can to both challenge and resist them – this includes prioritizing conversations about safety and consent.” If you’re interested in joining up, send them an email at [email protected] for training, or just to tell them that they are awesome.

Hollaback! Halifax site leader Rebecca was featured on CBC news radio, discussing the importance of oversight for Taxis and debating dashcam use. Have an opinion on the matter and want to lend your voice? Reach out to the always inspiring Hollaback! Halifax through twitter at @HollabackHRM

Hollaback! Detroit held a recent workshop on understanding and combatting harassment with Girls Rock Detroit. They’ll have more great workshops coming up – so stay tuned to this new site!

 

We couldn’t be more excited about the amazing work we’re seeing from site leaders around the world this summer! If you’re looking to support your local Hollaback!, check out their site and support pages, or volunteer by sending an email to [email protected] – we’d love to hear from you!

 

Holla and out –

Hollaback!

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Week in Our Shoes: Summer movement edition!

Happy weekend Hollas,

 

This week at the Headquarters, we’ve been running to and from conferences, trainings, and more! Emily’s representing Hollaback! at Netroots Nation – you can follow the conversation (and add your voice) here. Debjani’s pushing the movement forward at the Juno Women’s Leadership Residency in Omega, a residency for “women making a difference in the lives of women and girls.” And, next week, Hollaback! will be launching nine new sites. These amazing site leaders have gone through over six months of training and are poised to lead the movement in their communities — check in next week and send them your support!

Speaking of our amazing site leaders, last week a cohort of site leaders came together to publish a collaborative letter in response to the recent #Brexit vote. They write,

we stand against the anti-immigration policies that limit equal access to public space. We believe that we are all entitled to walk to and from work, go to school, and access services as our full selves without facing harassment – whether on the street, online, or through government policies and rhetoric.”

You can check out the full letter here. Live in the UK/EU and want to add your voice? Let us know what you think on Twitter, Facebook, or over email!

 

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

 

Hollaback! Ottawa presented to a Communications class at Carleton University on social marketing, including how to use Chalk Walks to help change social norms! GScreen Shot 2015-04-17 at 11.22.52 AMreat to see this tactic taking off (and hope we see some communications majors taking it on!)

Hollaback! Italia was featured in the Gioia weekly magazine. They also continue to lead the way on social media. If you’re not following them already, you should be.

Hollaback! Berlin was covered by NPR in an article and radio interview on “fighting back against street harassment.” In the interview, site leader Julia noted “In the aftermath of what happened in Cologne in Sylvester [New Year’s Eve], many people were using this image – this fantasy of the Islamic man – as the scapegoat for sexism. Then we have to navigate through it. We try to make sure that you’re not discriminating while trying to fight discrimination.”

 

Join us next week as we launch Class 13 of Hollaback!, with nine new sites ready to take the movement to their communities!

 

Holla and out –

Hollaback!

 

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Hollaback! wraps up the week with a BANG

As the Hollaback! HQ office closes for the 4th of July weekend, so does a packed week of strategic planning for the future of Hollaback! We’re so excited to share the ideas we’ve brainstormed, focusing on how to expand Hollaback!’s support system and spreading the message of public space safety far and wide.

 

Meanwhile, at Hollaback! Around the world…

 

Hollaback! Baltimore shared photos from the chalk walk they did in support of the Anti Street Harassment day of action that happened this past weekend.13521949_1051225158259136_292416700944759701_n

 

Hollaback! Vancouver is sharing and supporting Good Night Out Vancouver in their efforts to help people get home safely in Vancouver.

 

 

 

That’s it for now!

 

Holla and out!
-Hollaback!

 

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Week in our Shoes: Welcoming Summer Interns!

Hello Hollas!

As the humidity rises outside, our office is starting to fill up! Debjani just got back from the New Media Ventures conference in San Francisco where she promoted HeartMob, our new platform created to address online harassment and build a virtual community of support. This week we also welcomed our new communications intern Maggie to the team. Give a warm (not humid) welcome to her!!

Meanwhile, at Hollaback! sites around the world…

Hollaback! Croatia presented their research at a town hall meeting to increase citizen participation and give practical tools for addressing street harassment!

Hollaback! Izmir organized a women and trans action group for family and reproductive rights.

That’s all for now!

Holla and out!

-Hollaback!

 

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A Week In Our Shoes: Spring’s heating up!

Hello everybody–

We are finally feeling the heat here at the Hollaback! HQ in New York City, and things seem to be shaking up for what will be an exciting summer full of actions and activities! Debjani took off for a New Media Ventures conference in San Francisco, representing our new platform to address online harassment and build virtual community, HeartMob. Don’t forget to sign up as a HeartMobber to make the internet friendlier and safer today!

And at our Hollaback! sites across the globe…

Hollaback! Bogotá released a statement on the re-victimization of  #‎RosaElviraCely‬.

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 12.59.54 PMHollaback! Croatia went to a protest for reproductive rights in Strossmayer Square, Zagreb.

Hollaback! Romania is releasing a survey about women’s experiences of street harassment in Romania for a doctoral thesis.

Hollaback! Barcelona participated in International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia!

Hollaback! London announced that they will be transitioning out of group form and assembling “a diverse new collective to help take this message to the streets.” If you know anyone in London, be sure to have them contact their Facebook site! They are looking for event support, social media volunteers, and contributors to partnerships and projects.

That’s all for now!

Holla and out!

-Hollaback!

 

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