A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: HQ is Hiring

Hey Hollaback’ers!

Screen shot 2015-07-15 at 4.18.59 PMWe’ve been keeping up the momentum at the HQ this Summer as we fight both street and online harassment!

Also in HQ news, we are HIRING for 2 new full-time staff positions! There is excitement in the air as Hollaback! expands. If you know anyone who wants to join our team, go for it and send these two postings far and wide – the first one is for a HeartMob Program Coordinator and the second is for a Program and Administrative Assistant. Get in touch if you are interested!

Hollaback! around the globe: 

In a recent publication about the best and worst places to be a woman in Canada, a few of our sites were mentioned as some of the best! Shout out to Hollaback! Halifax, the number 5 best city to be a woman, Hollaback! Vancouver, the number 7 best city to be a woman, and Hollaback! Ottawa, the number 11 best city to be a woman. We are so proud of our sites for helping to keep the streets safe for women and LGBTQ folks who experience harassment in public spaces.

From Hollaback! Halifax!

Hollaback! Halifax was invited to Galifax, a camp for girls, to talk about internet activism. Educating the youth is an awesome way to keep the movement going! The photos from the camp are nothing but

Hollaback! Pittsburgh had a meet up this
past week with their supporters in the community. Such a great way to spread the love of the revolution!

Can’t wait to see what everyone is up to next week!

Holla and Out! 

-The Hollaback! Team

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Week in Our Shoes: HeartMob Edition

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We have three words for you: HeartMob, HeartMob, HeartMob! We could not be more excited about our new platform becoming a reality as we are gearing up to launch in just a few weeks. The most exciting news is that we have received a $516,000 grant from the Knight Foundation!!! We could not be more thrilled or grateful for this opportunity to combat online harassment.

Some other awesome news: we have a new intern at HQ! Sophie arrived from the UK a few days ago to help us with launching HeartMob. As a graduate student from Oxford, Sophie is studying the benefits and ramifications of the Internet. We are looking forward to collaborating with her!

Guess what: we are hiring a HeartMob Program Associate HQ! Spread the word to all who are determined to help us fight online harassment.

Here’s what’s up around the globe: 

Alicia, the fierce director of Hollaback! Bahamas!, received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award for her outstanding work transforming the lives of others and making a difference in her community. We are so proud of Alicia’s dedication to the movement to end street harassment!

Hollaback! Pittsburgh is having a meet up this week to discuss the future of the movement to end street harassment with its community. It’s awesome to rally the allies and supporters.

Screen shot 2015-07-10 at 11.29.39 AMHollaback! Vancouver continues to tear up the press with Transit Tuesdays. They truly are making a difference in their community.
Hollaback! Alberta
had a Chalk Walk for Change to raise awareness of street harassment. The photos of their phrases and designs look fantastic!

That’s all for now. Stay tuned…

Holla and Out!


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WIOS: Taking it to the streets edition

What’s up Hollaback!?

Milano_prideWith Emily and Debjani out of HQ this week, Rachel and the interns have been hard at work. To reward all of the fabulous HeartMob donors, the group diligently packaged thank you cards and gifts to be send around the world. The support for our new platform to combat online harassment is overwhelming. We are so excited to launch HeartMob soon!

At some of our global sites: 

Hollaback! Bmore Co-director Leah Mike hit the streets of Baltimore this week to educate street harassers and pedestrians on bystander intervention. Leah, nice work chalk_walk_Berlinconveying to men how important it is for them to be allies to street harassment victims!

Hollaback! Berlin held a chalk walk in Hamburg to empower victims of street harassment to take back the streets.

Hollaback! Duke is shaking up their campus norms by discussing with their student government the issue harassment of students on campus. They are also working to find solutions to eradicate the behavior.

Shout out to Hollaback! Italia for marching in Milano Pride this past weekend!

We’ve been killing it in the press this week with Hollaback! Vancouver’s Stacey publishing their piece on her personal accounts of street harassment in GUTS and more!

Can’t wait to keep the movement going this week…

Holla and Out!

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Week In Our Shoes: Holla::Rev London Edition

Hey there Hollaback!,

What a fantastic and exciting week it’s been for us! On Tuesday we hosted our first ever Holla::REV in London! Each of the speakers brought a new issue to the conversation about street harassment, and it was so energizing to have so many new voices engaged in the work to #endSH. Shout out to Bryony, Julia, and Susuana our Hollaback! London and ULU site leaders for all of their help on the ground in making this event a huge success! Emily and Debjani got to spend the rest of the week hanging out with some of our cool site leaders from around the globe for our site-leader retreat.

At home in NYC, the team has been getting enthused about our new platform, HeartMob. On Wednesday, Rachel and the interns attended CivicX Demo Night to support Courtney, our HeartMob expert. Courtney pitched the platform to over 150 attendees at the event. Nice work Courtney!


Here’s what’s going on around the globe:

Screen shot 2015-06-26 at 11.49.35 AMHollaback! London, Hollaback! ULU, Hollaback! Nottingham, Hollaback! New Orleans, Hollaback! Bahamas, and Hollaback! Glasgow all attended Holla::Rev and participated in the site leader retreat.

Hollaback! Baltimore hosted an open discussion on black women and their experiences with street harassment. The site co-director Brittany successfully facilitated a conversation centered around black cis and trans women, femmes and girls. Such an important conversation to have!

Hollaback! Berlin hosted an “Own Your Body” festival this past weekend. The team partner with a Brazilian artist whose work is focused on crushing body normalization.

At the Milano Pride Parade this past weekend, Hollaback! Italia joined forces with community members to create a chalk campaign to raise awareness against street harassment.

Can’t wait to hear what amazing things will be going on next week!

Holla and Out!

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Week In Our Shoes: Holla::Rev Preparation

Happy Friday, Hollas!

The week has flown by here at HQ! We are counting down the days to Holla::Rev on one hand now! Emily and Debjani are heading to London for the big event which will be followed by a site leader retreat, where some of us get to meet face to face for the first time to talk about the work of ending street harassment. Woo hoo!

Here’s what’s been going on around the world this week:

Hollaback! Ottawa is excited to announce OC Transpo’s new online tool to report street harassment! After two years of Hollaback! Ottawa advocating for this new technology, they are elated that OC Transpo is finally recognizing harassment in public spaces. Through this website, riders are able to report violence and harassment of any form. This is definitely a win for the movement to end street harassment!

Hollaback! Bahamas completed training on Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at Women’s Human Rights Education Institute in Toronto. This was a 7-day educational workshop focused on non-discrimination and equality.

Hollaback! Vancouver  continues successfully with Transit Tuesdays. Every Tuesday in the summer, this Hollaback! team provides stories, tips on reporting, stats, polls and other helpful information to help make transit safer and more comfortable for everyone.

IMG_0537Keep counting down with us to Holla::REV!

Holla and out!

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Week In Our Shoes: New Intern Edition

Hello Hollas!
Screen shot 2015-06-11 at 3.36.13 PMIt’s been an exciting week here at the HQ. This week we welcomed three new interns for the summer: April, Eunie, and Julia. The interns are excited to be helping out with Hollaback!’s communications and programs, including HeartMob.

We filmed our final two vlogs of the series this week and will be releasing them soon! We stepped outside of the office this week to visit City Hall in New York to take the 6th Annual Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence. Organized by CONNECT and Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, the participants pledged to end violence in our homes, schools and communities.

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And here’s what Holla’s around the world have been up to:

Hollaback! Vancouver continues to fight street harassment and is kicking ass in the press with Good Night Out!

We have our eye on the proposal  of a new anti-catcalling law that could make street harassment punishable by fine. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. In the meantime, check out the work of Hollaback! Buenos Aires as they work to end street harassment in their city.

Hollaback! Alberta attended the first annual Women & Trans Festival at the 35th Edmonton Pride. It’s so awesome to have Hollaback! represent during such an important time for the rights of transgender people!

Screen shot 2015-06-11 at 3.45.34 PMHollaback! London will be co-hosting Holla::REV London in just less than two weeks! Join us on June 23rd to hear speakers and performers including Laura Bates, Emily May, representatives from Sex Worker Open University, Bisi Alimi, Susuana Antubam, Samayya Afzal, Bryony Beynon & Julia Gray, Sauna Youth and more!

Great job this week across the globe, team!  

Holla and out!

–The Hollaback! Staff








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Week In Our Shoes: Keeping up the momentum

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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! Nottingham sat on a panel to discuss their work and issues most important to them including: intersectionality, meninism, and the future of the movement.

Hollaback! Vancouver launched their branch of the Good Night Out program. They’ve gotten great press covering this new venture. Check out their pieces in Straight and The Province.

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! Bahamas‘ site leader Alicia Wallace wrote a great blog post exploring the different ways she and others react to street harassment.

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.

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Week in our Shoes: International Research Launch Edition!

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We’ve got some exciting news for the international movement. Drum roll, please! We released the largest international, cross-cultural study on street harassment. The data shows that 84% of women around the world are first harassed before the age of 17. You can check out the country by country data here. We’ve also had some great press hits on Telegraph, Glamour, Gothamist, and BuzzFeed! Shout out to our awesome deputy director Debjani Roy for her amazing leadership on this project.

Meanwhile around the world…

Hollaback! Peterborough is partnering with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and helping circulate their survey for survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. If you’re in the region of Peterborough, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, take part in the survey before the end of the month.

Hollaback! Ottawa site leader Julie Lalonde was featured on CBC after speaking out about her experience of street harassment with the military. The Ottawa team presented to the provincial Standing Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment to talk about the need to include street harassment in our understandings of sexual violence.

Hollaback! Bahamas will be at the Nassau Village Urban Renewal walkathon this weekend. If you’re in the area and want to join them, find more information here.

Hollaback! Vegas hosted a free screening of The Punk Singer in an effort to spread feelings of empowerment and educate the community about powerful women.

Hollaback! Poland protested against “Tips for women” about rape prevention published by the Polish Police. After publishing this letter to the police, the tips were taken down and the police declared they’ll be more thoughtful with their sexual violence prevention messages and will be happy to work with us on this.

Hollaback! London‘s Good Night Out program was featured in a piece by Medium. One of their awesome site leaders Julia Gray spoke about the ways women are perceived when out at night. Great press team!

It’s been a happening week, and we can’t wait to see what Hollabackers do next week!

Holla and out!

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Week In Our Shoes: We Buzz Around Edition

Hi Hollas,

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Emily at her 5 year celebration.

We hope your week is going well. Here at headquarters we are busy bees buzzing from project to project keeping everything pollinated and growing. Executive Director Emily spent time in Spokane, Washington doing a training with the Washington Coalition for Sexual Assault Prevention. We also released episode 6 of our vlog With Love and Revolution which explores our stance on criminalization of street harassment. Speaking of videos, an amazing young  filmmaker created the awesome short film STOP.

On top of all of these great projects, we took the time to stop and smell the roses this week and celebrate 2 great events. First, we met our goal for our Kickstarter campaign raising $20,989 with the amazing support of 572 backers. Second, Executive Director Emily celebrated her 5 year anniversary of founding Hollaback! as a nonprofit this week. How awesome is that!?

If this week has been as busy for you as it has been for us, make sure to take some time this weekend for self care. These kicks sites could definitely use some rest and relaxation with all the great work they’ve been doing:

Hollaback! Bahamas attended the Peace Revolution Central America and Caribbean fellowship in Guatemala.

Hollaback! Poland site leader Agnieszka Biela gave a lecture on street harassment during the conference at Jagiellonian University.

Hollaback! Peterborough had their launch party. They had a press conference before hand & then a wonderful evening of slam poetry, musical performances & a cat costume contest. They’ve also gotten local media television & radio spots and were interviewed for CBC Radio!

Hollaback! Las Vegas is hosting an Activist’s ABCs camp for youth activists in June. Interested in signing up? Email [email protected]

Take a break this weekend so we can meet next week with a storm!

Holla and out!

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A Week in Our Shoes: Springing into Action!

Hey Hollas!

Flowers are blooming, Spring is in the air, and Hollaback! sites are creating on-the-ground actions! At the HQ, ED Emily May spent the week at the Ashoka Future Forum, collaborating with leaders from around the world! Also, ICYMI, check out these (US-Specific) graphs on prevalence and effects of street harassment, created using the recent Cornell street harassment data!

In HeartMob news, we met another funding goal and will receiving a boost from Catapult! We also launched #MyTroll, where we asked people to tweet about their harassment experiences. Check out the storify here! Finally, we’ve gotten some killer press. HeartMob was featured in Fusion and Refinery 29! It’s been a great campaign (wrapping up tonight) and we couldn’t have done it without all of your support.

Let’s see what some of our sites have been up to…

One of our favorite photos from Ottawa's ComicCon, where HB Ottawa held #end SH workshops!

One of our favorite photos from Ottawa’s ComicCon, where HB Ottawa held #end SH workshops!

Hollaback! Toronto has received some serious press this week. Hollaback TO’s Alicia was on a panel discussing the ‪#‎FHRITP‬ incident and harassment at work on CBC Radio’s The Current. Way to spread the word and stand up against harassment Toronto!

Hollaback! Bahamas wrote about bystander awareness for the Cultural Village and Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival parade. Check it out here!

Hollaback! London provided Good Night Out training to The Island and Distriandina – ten points to everyone involved! PS – did you know that this year’s HOLLA::Revolution will be held in London? You should attend!

Hollaback! Ottawa went to Comiccon and talked about the four Ds of intervention, and what to do if you see someone being harassed in Geek spaces. They have some AMAZING photos from the event that you can check out here!

Hollaback! Baltimore has an upcoming pizza party. That’s right, they’re having a PIZZA NAMED AFTER THEM (the dream!) by JoeSquared – and proceeds go to Hollaback! Baltimore. That’s a win win win.

Hollaback! Vancouver held their amazing “What’s Your Number?” show a few weeks back. You can check out all the work in an upcoming zine, out at the end of the month. It’s not too late to submit if you have a writing or art piece about street harassment / gender/ public space – or – if you did attend – a review of the show! Send your work to [email protected]

Great job team!

HOLLA and Out!

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