A Week in Our Shoes

Week In Our Shoes: Make Way for May Edition

Hey Hollabackers!

                            Hollaback! Ottawa’s Video Shoot:
       “How will you address gender-based violence in Ottawa?”

This week, Hollaback! was featured in BuzzfeedThe Independent, Hull Daily Mail, and Behance.

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

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio has started a photography series titled Body Hair Hoopla, and is calling out to all self-identified females with body hair. The event states, “We believe everyone has the right to do whatever they want with their body without criticism. If you wanna shave, awesome! If you don’t wanna shave, awesome!..Hollaback wants to highlight an alternative view of femininity and beauty (or maybe just raise a middle finger to society’s expectations, depending on how you wanna frame it!)”.

Hollaback! Baltimore was at a Take Back the Night event and will be at Gouchella today as a Community Ally for this event put on by Goucher College’s Feminist Collective. Also! Tatyana Fazlalizadeh put up her first poster in the Baltimore series of the Stop Telling Women to Smile project and it features three women that were at their event last week, including Site Leader, Mel. So cool! 

Hollaback! Boston presented a Hollaback! 101 workshop at Northeastern University’s Cabral Center for a free summit for youth, adults, survivors and allies called Raise Your Voice. Various organizations were there talking about intervention and prevention strategies, celebrating survivors of sexual violence and work being done to make Boston safe for everyone.

Hollaback! Chennai shared this great interview with Sandy’s Chocolate Laboratory, one of the local businesses that have signed on to Hollaback! Chennai’s Safer Spaces campaign and has made a visible commitment to ‘zero tolerance’ of sexual harassment at their place of business.

Hollaback! Cleveland visited St. Martin De Porres to support their Take Back the Night event. They were also on WRUW-fm’s By the Bi discussing street harassment and their launch as a new site. The recording will soon be available to listen here.

Hollaback! Edinburgh presented at this year’s Pussy Whipped Edinburgh Festival.

Hollaback! Hull University held their official launch party. Woohoo! And they were on BBC Radio Humberside to talk about their launch. Listen to the podcast here (Reportage and interview start at 01:09:43).

Hollaback! Montreal celebrated the publication of the eighth edition of Subversions: A Journal of Feminist Queries; a collection of student visual art, creative writing and academic pieces from the Simone de Beauvoir Institute community and beyond!

Hollaback! Ottawa, as part of their ongoing campaign to see gender-based violence prioritized in the upcoming municipal election, held a video shoot (pictured above!) highlighting community member’s thoughts on what they want candidates to do about gender-based violence in Ottawa and how they want gender-based violence to be addressed.

Hollaback! Plattsburgh was at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Take Back the Night event.

Hollaback! Twin Cities‘ Site director, Ami Wazlawik, was chosen as Minnesota NOW’s Feminist of the Year 2014! Congrats, Ami!

Inspiring work, as always! Happy May, everyone! Til next week,

HOLLA and out!

- The Hollaback! Team

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Week In Our Shoes: Conversation Nation Edition

Hey Hollabackers!

This week, Hollaback! was featured in WomeneticsMontreal MetroCat Call Back, Shout Out! JMU, Away She Goes, and Strike! Magazine.

At the Mothership, Deputy Director, Debjani Roy, trained student leaders at the New School Social Justice Hub on Friday.

And…drum roll, please….

We launched 8 NEW SITES! We are SO excited to welcome these sites to the HOLLA family:
Hollaback! East Lansing, Hollaback! Columbus, Hollaback! Plattsburgh, Hollaback! Cleveland, Hollaback! Hull University, Hollaback! Bristol UK, Hollaback! Bahamas, and Hollaback! Marrakesh

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

Hollaback! Bahamas started this survey to learn the prevalence of street harassment in The Bahamas and its effects on those experiencing it. It will further equip them to appropriately respond to street harassment in The Bahamas.

Hollaback! Baltimore attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Take Back the Night event. They also worked with activist organization FORCE to create quilt squares for The Monument Quilt, a creative project that provides a participatory platform for survivors to tell their stories while working together to forever change how people in the US respond to rape.

Hollaback! Boston presented at this year’s Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference on The Intersection of Street Harassment & Reproductive Justice.

Hollaback! Des Moines co-hosted a production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.

Hollaback! Italia was at Libera Università delle donne talking about how social networks can help in the fight against street harassment.

Hollaback! Montreal was on 98.5fm Montreal with Isabelle Maréchal, talking about their collaborations with local organizations in working to end street harassment.

Hollaback! Philly started this survey for feedback on their recent Transit Ad Campaign.

Fantastic work, HOLLAs!

HOLLA and out!

- The Hollaback! Team

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Week In Our Shoes: Activism is in the Air Edition

Hey Hollabackers!

This week, Hollaback! was featured in Threefold Online, Chatelaine, Metro News, Tribune 242, Model View Culture, Catie Wahwah’s blog, Think Progress, Transit Police Dept News Blog, DNA Info, Philadelphia Weekly, Bitch Media, Huffington Post, NOW’s Young Feminists and Allies (YFA)Witness Blog, The Baltimore Sun, and Harvard University’s Spotlight Network.

At the Mothership, Executive Director, Emily May, spoke on a panel at the Youth Tech Health Conference and today she is delivering a workshop on self-care in Vermont. In addition, Deputy Director, Debjani Roy, represented Hollaback! at a roundtable with Rose Pierre-Louis, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, and is participating in a data jam at the White House TODAY to address campus sexual assault and violence. And in case you missed it! we held our Anti-Street Harassment Rally on Saturday. Check out the Storify here!

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

Hollaback! Bahamas hosted a “Protect Women & Children” event in which their newly formed Coalition to End Gender-based Violence & Discrimination invited community members to come out and support their recent action plan proposed to government officials on working to end gender-based violence. They were also were guests on “Jeffrey” on Guardian 969.FM hosted by Juan McCartney to talk about the Coalition to End Gender-Based Violence & Discrimination, the Hollaback! movement, and women’s rights in The Bahamas.

Hollaback! Baltimore is working with fellow badass activists Force for an upcoming “Make Your Own Quilt Square” event. Also, check out this awesome video they posted on celebrating their 3 years as an active Hollaback! site and their work to end street harassment.

Hollaback! Bogota held a chalk walk in recognition of Semana Contra el Acoso Callejero.

Hollaback! Bosnia and Herzegovina held an event in Kriterion Sarajevo cinemas where volunteers performed scenes to analyze issues such as how addiction, street violence and harassment can affect teenagers.

Hollaback! Boston held their first chalk walk of 2014 at Copley Square. Check out their recap and photos here! They also spoke at their local Global Guardian press conference in support of safer public spaces for all and alternate solutions and reporting options beyond police involvement. Inspired by Global Guardian safe transit week and HollabackPhilly’s recent transit ads, they put together some quick flyers to help identify harassment and provide tips to safely intervene as a bystander.

Hollaback! Croatia held a screening of the film Warzone as part of International Anti-Street Harassment week.

Hollaback! Des Moines took part in the International Anti-Street Harassment Day of Action by attending a Call to Restore Justice 2 mile walk, hosting their own chalk walk, and participating in a Take Back the Night event. They also held another Monthly Meetup with community members!

Hollaback! Gent held a chalk walk at their local university.

Hollaback! Halifax participated in a walk and community rally to commemorate the one year anniversary of Rehteah Parsons’ death.

Hollaback! Hamilton hosted a Kicking Street Harassment to the Curb night which included a short film screening, some hilariously epic improv antics by Moist Theatre, and a community speaker + discussion on what can be done to their surrounding community a more comfortable and harassment-free environment for everyone. Sounds like a great time!

Hollaback! Italia held a chalk walk as well and took some great pictures - one of which is displayed above!

Hollaback! Montreal‘s Catherine was interviewed on the Barry Morgan show at CJAD, about iHollaback.org and street harassement in Montreal. You can listen to the interview here. They also held an event called LAZY SATURDAY where they raised $105 in donations and produced a great mural of patriarchy-smashing art. They also had BOWLING and encouraged attendees to imagine every pin as an aspect of patriarchy or rape culture which they could DESTROY with their bowling ball…heck yea!!! Check out the photos here!

Hollaback! Philly held a Street Harassment Awareness Day event where they reclaimed public space in a variety of creative ways including double dutch, mural/chalking, street theater, music, dance, costumes, a soap box for storytelling and more. You can check out photos from the event here. Also! A bunch of awesome orgs held this Get Lucid! Activist Dance Party fundraiser for them. You can see photos from the event, as well as photos from the rest of their International Anti-Street Harassment Week, here.

Woohoo! Til next week-

HOLLA and out!

- The Hollaback! Team

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Week In Our Shoes: Gearin’ Up for Change Edition

Hollaback! Tucson gearing up for their upcoming events for
International Anti-Street Harassment Week

Hello Hollabackers! 

This week, Hollaback! was featured in Ottawa Community News, Ottawa Sun (twice!), The Guardian, and WNYC.

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

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio did a self defense class for the women at Southeast Ohio Regional Jail and presented to an Ohio University Cultural Diversity in Education Class. They also completed their training with Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery, certifying  them as HB! Appalachian Ohio’s second Safer Space.

Hollaback! Baltimore had a “Street Harassment 101” Seminar at Anne Arundel Community College.

Hollaback! Boston did a workshop at Emerson College, and will be on today’s 103.3 FM’s morning show, The TJ Show, promoting their work and Anti-Street Harassment Week events.

Hollaback! Brussels held a “Café-Brainstorm: ‘This is a Safe space’ Chalk Walk” event to help organize their upcoming creative walk on April 5th. They also turned 2 as of Monday! Happy birthday, Hollaback! Brussels!

Hollaback! London was on BBC World Service and Reprezent Radio, talking about harassment in clubs and pubs. This week HB! London was also contributing to some research called ‘How can nonviolent grassroots networks transform insecurity?’ being carried out by Bristol University’s Global Insecurities Centre. And last but not least, HB! London attended a Dalston PubWatch meeting where they spoke about Good Night Out!

Hollaback! Philly was selected as a finalist for the 3rd annual Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women for its outstanding work on an anti-street harassment campaign to bring attention to the need to end violence against women. Awesome work, HB! Philly!

March 30th – April 5th is International Anti-Street Harassment Week! Make sure to check out your local Hollaback! site to get involved in all the amazing events coming up in your community!

Til next week-

HOLLA and out!

- The Hollaback! Team

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A Week in Our Shoes

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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Week In Our Shoes: Justice For Trayvon

Hey Hollas,

We wanted to start our recap this week on more of a serious note. Hollaback! stands in solidarity with those in support of Trayvon Martin and his family. Everyone deserves to feel safe on the street regardless of their race, sexual orientation, class, creed, religion, or sex. More than anything, we hope that the dialogue emerging out of this tragedy will continue, and that these crimes will ultimately lessen.

In Happier News, 

We are super psyched to say that we are less than a week away from HOLLA::Revolution! That means that the mothership has been extremely busy this week prepping the location, gifts, schedule, and final details for July 25th! (and remember, even if you can’t make it to NYC for the conference, HOLLA::Revolution will be livestreamed!)

62787_680426055304879_281213790_nThis week, Deputy Director Debjani Roy was cited in a PolicyMic article entitled, “It’s 2013, Guys–Stop Catcalling Women Like Animals.”

And Emily was in Martha’s Vineyard, where she teamed up with seven other organizations protesting the Zimmerman verdict in an impromptu #JusticeForTrayvon march. Check out the pics!

We also had the pleasure and honor of meeting anti-harassment street artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Stay tuned for news of our collaboration!

Lastly, a BIG THANK YOU to our donors, Catapult, and Chime for Change.  Thanks to you, all three of our projects were funded for a total of $45,000. We couldn’t be more grateful.

Hollaback! Around The World…

Hollaback! Brussels breaks down the legislation proposal that will make sexism a punishable offense in Belgium law in a blog post!

Hollaback! Chandigarh talks about rape schedules, and poses the question: what are things that you do everyday to avoid sexual assault?

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Hollaback! Italy reflects on stalking–what it consists of and what recent laws are doing to combat it. They also offer some tips and resources on what to do if somebody is stalking you or somebody you know.

Hollaback! Boston filled their week with numerous thought-provoking blog posts. Kate wrote a touching piece thanking her father after reflecting on Father’s Day and her experiences with him growing up. Britni talked about her personal growth in Hollaback! and expressed her gratitude for the support she’s received in developing the badass Boston branch! Boston also continued their “introducing” seriesthis week interviewing Grace, a writer and media commentator, among other things! Finally, Hollaback! Boston is excited to welcome a new member to their team, Communications Coordinator Brandie Alexander!

Hollaback! Philly is looking for people to test our their newly developed harasser cards! The cards were covered in a recent The Naked City article!

HOLLA and out –

The HOLLA team

 

 

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Week In Our Shoes: Chalking Up A Storm!

Dear Hollas,

As HOLLA::Revolution inches closer and closer (July 25th!!), the mothership is busy with final preparations! We’re SO EXCITED because the conference is going to be totally RAD and tickets are selling out fast! There are still a few left, so if you haven’t picked yours up yet, make sure to get ‘em now! And if you can’t make it, join us for our awesome after-party on Saturday!

HOLLA AROUND THE WORLD…

Hollaback! Alberta was featured in the Artery‘s (a popular live music venue’s) 1 year anniversary party! The Artery gave Hollaback! a space to raise awareness about the organization and the problem of street harassment. Look at their awesome pics!

Hollaback! Chandigarh promoted D. Kumar’s blog post “How to Date a Non-Feminist.” Check it out and let them know what you think!

Hollaback! Chennai shared their experiences talking with students at the Alliance Française de Madras and what it taught them about people’s individual responses to harassment.

IMG-20130709-WA0002Hollaback! Italy took to the streets with their second chalk walk in Milan! What badass pics!

Hollaback! Boston has been up to a lot! This past week they chalked the Freedom Trail (which included daring Bostonians chalking in front of the Massachusetts State House!), and continued their “Introducing” Series, interviewing Boston-based writer and fashion maven, Georgina!

Hollaback! Des Moines‘ Becca Lee challenges music and street harassment themes within, discussing the song “Oh, Pretty Woman.”

Hollaback! Belfast celebrated LGBTQ rights in their annual Pride Parade! Check out their photos!

Hollaback! Baltimore launched its Safer Spaces Campaign! A big congratulations to the Baltimore team!

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Hollaback! Baltimore‘s Shawna Potter got a grant from the Pollination Project for her work in Hollaback! Such amazing news!

Hollaback! Philly was featured in an article on NBC talking about their work ending street harassment in the city and the site’s future plans!

Hollaback! NYC got a shout-out in a recent UK MailOnline article debunking myths about reactions to street harassment!

T-MINUS 13 DAYS UNTIL HOLLA::Revolution!!!

 HOLLA and out!

 

 

 

 

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Week In Our Shoes: Full of Pride!

Hello Holla-People!

It’s Independence Day here in the States so that means an early (& shortened) filing of this week’s “Week In Our Shoes!”

1003850_673311256016359_1521927451_nThis week, the mothership marched in the NY Pride Parade (despite a rainy delay-eek!)! We handed out bystander infographics and showed our serious badassery in our pink & black attire! Check out the pics!

Also, Deputy Director Debjani led a bystander intervention workshop straight out of our home office!

And the latest on the HOLLA::REV – it’s gonna be live-streamed, so even if you’re not in NYC, you can definitely be a part of it all!

And around the world…

Hollaback! Chandigarh addressed an important question: In a relationship, “When does care become control?”

Hollaback! Edinburgh addressed the important topic of victim blaming in a well-researched recent blog post!

Hollaback! Boston continued their “introducing series,” this time interviewing native Bostonian runner and blogger, Julia! As an intro to the month of July, Hollaback! Boston also rounded out their five most popular posts from June! Check them out!

 

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Week In Our Shoes: Words & Workshops!

Dear Hollas,

It’s that time of week again! Time to find out what’s happening at Hollaback sites around the world!

photoAt the Mothership…

Emily traveled all around this week–from Columbus, Ohio to Grand Rapids, Michigan! She spoke for both the Ohio Alliance Against Sexual Violence and the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence!

The rest of the New York office checked out the space for HOLLA::Revolution and the site leader conference to follow (The space is totally rad!!). Remember, tickets for HOLLA::Revolution are still available online! Trust us, you don’t want to miss it!

Hollaback! Around the Globe…

Hollaback! Buenos Aires re-airs a classic Judith Butler video talking about how to use your body in public space.

936415_564081470309100_1852558095_nHollaback! Halifax held its first ever chalk walk on Sunday! Check out their awesome photos and recap now! They were also featured in a Halifax Magazine piece about the dangers of street harassment!

Hollaback! Chandigarh promoted the Everyday Sexism Project and talked about the importance of men and women sharing their experiences of sexism (like street harassment!) on their blog!

Hollaback1Hollaback! Istanbul broke down what street harassment is, why it’s not okay, and how Hollaback! can help solve the problem.

Hollaback! Boston hosted a workshop at the Cambridge Women’s Center! They shared stories and experiences, talked about what being an active bystander looks like, and made some Hollaback! signs.

PRESS!

Hollaback! Ottawa was cited in a Metro News article discussing an education campaign around public safety that was created as a result of their hard-fought advocacy!

 

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Week In Our Shoes: A Week of Firsts!

Dear Hollas,

It’s that time of week again! Let’s learn what our different Hollaback! sites have been up to this week…

At the Mothership…

BM_WB1gCQAEvrQqEmily spoke on a panel at the NYC Civic Corps June seminar to a crowd that was psyched about the work that Hollaback! is doing globally!

Interns Maya and Sarah attended the NY premiere of the documentary “Anita” and got to meet Anita Hill after the show! Hollaback!, our work, and Emily were featured in the film as well!

Program Associate Jae Cameron and Emily attended the Morgan Stanley Challenge, where our team of pro-bono Morgan Stanley employees went head to head with other organizations. Our team didn’t officially end, but they won our hearts.

Hollaback! Around the World…

Hollaback! Belfast participated in “Feminist Fairytales” as a part of the anti-G8 demonstrations happening in Northern Ireland! The event was called “Folk the G8.”390063_151596138361407_1988429113_n

Hollaback! Bosnia and Herzegovina launched their opening party! It was a huge success!DSCF0887-e1371496052949-225x300

Hollaback! Croatia marched in their annual Pride Parade! Check out their pictures and story here!

Hollaback! Berlin gave a workshop revolving around the “Democracy Movement,” helping answer the question, “How much initiative and movement does Democracy need?”

Hollaback! Chennai officially announces the beginning of their “Hollaback! Fridays” in partnership with Vivanta by Taj-Connemara, Chennai!

Hollaback! London is reaching out to see if anyone wants to tell their stories to a documentary film maker! You would have the option of remaining anonymous.

Hollaback! Boston interviewed badass Boston-based designer Asha Isabella for their “Introducing” series!

Hollaback! Czech Republic‘s Gail Whitmore performed for the first ever International Women’s Conference in the Czech Republic.

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Hollaback! Halifax was featured in the Evening News with Rebecca Lau on Global Maritimes (skip ahead to 7 min!)

Hollaback! Chennai and Hollaback! rep Prajnya Trust were quoted in a Deccan Chronicle article this Wednesday!

Hollaback! Ottawa was discussed regarding the rise in sexual assaults on public transportation in their Metro News!

 

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