A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Get Together Edition

Hello Hollas!

At Hollaback HQ this week:

We had an lovely lunch together with the youngest Hollaback!er Ari. He was wearing our Hollaback! shirt! Isn’t that adorable? Desiree, our HeartMob Program Coordinator, Screen shot 2015-11-20 at 3.05.29 PMis not in the photo because she talked about the growing and vital role of helplines in online safety at the Family Online Safety Institute Annual Conference “Risks. Harms. Rewards” in Washington, DC. CJ, our Program and Office Assistant, attended the Audre Lorde Project’s Trans Day of Remembrance and Trans Latina Network’s Trans Day of Remembrance. And Debjani, our Interim Executive Director, held another anti-harassment training in Council Member Lander’s District.

And at Hollaback! sites around the world:desire

Hollaback! Cuenca is having its “First Meeting Against Street Harassment” at University of Cuenca where they will present their first report on street harassment in Cuenca. They are also promoting Hollaback! on all 5 University of Cuenca’s campuses. Great job Cuenca!

Hollaback! Baltimore was tabling at War On Women event for the Transgender Day of Remembrance and attended the Transgender March of Resilience. 12238144_10156398650460045_4677048034052440949_oMoreover, on Dec 10th, together with Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle they will present “Gender & Police Harassment,” a talk exploring the relationship between police harassment and gender/sexual identity.

Hollaback! Croatia will be participating at the Equality Week organized for the International Day against Violence against Women, where different aspects of violence against women will be tackled with representatives from institutions, civil society organizations, academics, etc.

Hollaback! Belfast is preparing for the Reclaim the Night Belfast march to show the need for action against gender violence and harassment, part of the 16 days of Action against Gender Violence. We can’t wait to see all the photos from this amazing event!

Stay tuned for more amazing stuff next week!

Holla and out!

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Week In Our Shoes: Broaching Topics Edition!

Hey Hollas!

At Hollaback! HQ this week we’ve been up to all sorts of activities…12235625_10207748025238195_2104984500_o

Debjani, our Interim Executive Director gave two talks on street harassment from a transnational perspective at Middlebury College, Vermont. She really enjoyed the discussion with the students about the realities/limitations of institutional advocacy, the possibilities of transformative justice around issues of sexual harassment and violence, etc. With a mutually respectful space, they were able to broach many topics! CJ, Natasha and Rose were tabling at Female Hysteria: A Women’s Health and Comedy Affair, a fun event organized by the NOW-NYC Activist Alliance. CJ, Rose and Natasha also participated at the Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: From Teen Dating Violence to Trafficking, webinar hosted by The National Judicial Education Program.

And at Hollaback! sites around the world:

12182843_10153292703316902_8161494009418753897_oHollaback! Belfast participated at OUTBURST: OUTLOUD, an event with talks, exhibitions and workshops aimed at creating a space for politics, ideas and debate, with an inclusive ethos and a welcoming attitude. They are also preparing to participate at the second annual Reclaim the Night Belfast march to show the need for action against gender violence and harassment, and aid mutual support.

Hollaback! Baltimore is preparing to table at War on Women, an event part of Trans/Queer/Femme Weekend, and in recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance. They also attended the White Ally?: An Active Partnership, Not a Passive Title, a talk together with Baltimore Racial Justice Action.

Hollaback! Croatia is preparing for the project “My place in a community” which will be implemented by K-zona from Zagreb in collaboration with Domino and Hollaback! Croatia. They will conduct a research to recognize the problems in their community related to inequality, social justice and development.

That’s it for this week! Stay tuned for more exciting news next week!

Holla and out!

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Activism and Learning Edition!

Hello Hollaback!’ers!

What we’ve been up to this week…


Rose and the props

CJ, our Program and Admin Assistant, was at the NYC March and Rally: Bring National Awareness to the 22+ Murders of Transgender People, raising the awareness on the violence against transgender people, whose murders are at the highest peak this year! We need more events to show support and share love! On the other side, Desiree, our HeartMob Program Coordinator, was attending Day One Cyber and Tech Safety Training, discussing and learning how to fight online harassment. At the same time, we are preparing something new and very interesting, and can not wait to share it with you!

And at Hollaback! sites around the world:

Hollaback! Bahamas Director Alicia Wallace was at the Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center in NYC together with 4 other activists from USA, Netherlands, and Nigeria, talking about street harassment and activism.

Hollaback! Vancouver is promoting the event co-presented by Blueprint and Good Night Out Vancouver: Vancouver’s first accessibility panel and series, curated and marketed for the Vancouver nightlife industry.

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Detail from Reclaim the Night Belfast poster

Hollaback! Halifax is spreading the news about Trans Day of Remembrance in Halifax, that will take place on November 20th 2015. There is a call-out for speakers, artists, story-tellers, and resistors for the event! The event is organized by South House.

Hollaback! Belfast will be at an energetic all-day event packed with live music, workshops, talks, exhibitions, films, zines and more, all with a feminist/trans/queer slant, together with Outburst, GoGirl and Black Box. It will be on November 14th so if you are in the area don’t miss it! Hollaback! Belfast is also co-organizing the second annual Reclaim the Night Belfast march to show the need for action against gender violence and harassment, and aid mutual support, which will be on November 28th. Belfast has it going on folks!

Hollaback! Cuenca is looking for volunteers! If you live in Cuenca or around, think street harassment sucks and want to do something about it contact them [email protected]

Great job this week team!

Holla and out!

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Holla-ween Edition

Happy Friday Hollas!

Here at Hollaback! HQ we keep on spreading the word that catcalls are not cool, especially for fun holidays like Halloween. This week we attended a couple of great events. CJ, our admin and program assistant and Rose, our intern, went to the Press Conference Calling for Comprehensive Sex Education Now at the City Hall. Screen shot 2015-10-29 at 5.21.15 PMAnd our Interim Executive Director, Debjani, Natasha, our IREX Fellow, CJ and Rose went to the screening of Out in The Night, an amazing event co-organized by the Audre Lorde Project and the CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). The #NJFour inspire us to be even more fierce in fighting street harassment!

And in Hollaback! around the world:

Akirah Robinson from Hollaback! Pittsburgh wrote an interesting article that you should definitely read if you want to know more about street harassment and the different effects street harassment has on women and LGBT folks.

Screen shot 2015-10-30 at 1.14.07 PMHollaback! Vegas is calling everyone who wants to contribute to their amazing zine called The League of Extraordinary Feminists to write to them and grab this great opportunity. For the December 2015 issue, they are looking for submissions of artwork that connect to: Human Sex Trafficking, the 1-year Hollaversary, Consent, or Active Bystander Intervention.

Hollaback! Twin Cities is looking for new site leaders. So if you are sick of all the catcalls and harassment on the streets in Twin Cities and wanna fight for women’s and LGBT folks’ safety, don’t wait any longer and apply!

Hollaback! Italy is preparing to participate at the Trans Freedom March and other events in Torino next month.

Well, that’s it for this week! Have fun and remind people that costumes are not an invitation for catcalls!! Happy Holla-ween!

Until next week,

Holla and out!

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Week in Our Shoes: Institutional Advocacy Edition

Hello Hollas!

It has been an exciting week here at Hollaback! HQScreen shot 2015-10-26 at 10.28.56 AMOur Interim Executive Director, Debjani Roy, held a training for NYPD Transit Lieutenants. Rose, our Intern from England, attended the YWCA’s special workshop celebrating A Week Without Violence with the exploration of diverse healing modalities. The whole Hollaback! HQ team took part in the celebration of A Week Without Violence with a touch of purple.

And in Hollaback! around the world:

Big news for Hollaback! Vancouver! They were nominated for Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award, which is given to individuals and groups that have made outstanding contributions to crime prevention and community safety. Congrats Vancouver! You rock!

Screen shot 2015-10-26 at 11.31.43 AMHollaback! Croatia participated at the First International Conference on Sexual Violence in Croatia and their important work was mentioned by Prof. Liz Kelly, as a great contribution towards the global fight against sexual violence and generally violence against women.

Hollaback! Italy had an awesome event this week! They were in Torino, in Casa Arcobaleno, together with Gruppo Giovani Torino Youngsterland, to talk about street harassment of women and LGBTQI persons. They also had a chalkwalk in Torino sharing important messages around the city. Great job Italy!

12184094_653566408116685_1401843053186120323_oHollaback! Vegas was at the Spring Preserve promoting their amazing zine. Contact them if you want to see their wonderful zine!

Alicia Wallace of Hollaback! Bahamas was guest on Youth by Youth on Island FM to talk about slut shaming and respectability politics.

Rebecca Faria of Hollaback! Halifax guest lectured at a Dalhousie University English class about digital storytelling, community building and activism.

Hollaback! London is asking #wherearetheposters. They are trying to push their City to commit to posters on the public transport network. Their message is very important and we should all support them. In order to do that, take a selfie on public transport, wherever you are, and use the hashtag #wherearetheposters if you believe women and LGBT deserve safety while traveling.

Stay tuned for more news next week!

Holla and out!

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Week in Our Shoes: Buzzing Around Edition

Hey Hollas!

As usual, this week we were buzzing around like bees. Amongst all the action, Hollaback! HQ  hosted one of two town halls on the new site leader program. We are so thrilled that so many of our site leaders are excited about it because we certainly are! We’ve also been working on some new and exciting partnerships and Natasha, our IREX fellow, attended a training institute organized by A Call to Men on prevention of violence against women.Screen shot 2015-10-19 at 11.11.44 AM

And in the Hollaback! movement around the world:

Alicia Wallace of Hollaback! Bahamas lectured on “The Construction of Gender Throughout Bahamian History” at the College of Bahamas Talks on Race, Class and Gender. It’s only through understanding our histories that we will be able to take the patriarchy DOWN.

Hollaback! Peterborough was up to all kinds of coolness this week! 12118607_10153201914885959_7184266088138961778_nThey teamed up with the Draw the Line team, Kawartha Sexual Assault Center, and Courage Peterborough and organized a night of comedy, music, poetry and activism in support of the Draw the Line Campaign. Nice job!

Hollaback! Baltimore hosted a happy hour chat at Blue Pit BBQ, talking about street harassment, sharing stories, and planning the events of the fall ahead. We’re looking forward to seeing Bmore’s making deeper strides in their community this Fall.

Hollaback! Alberta participated at the “Call for Action Summit” with the Centre High Indigenous Student Leadership engaging & learning about . Well done Alberta!

Hollaback! Vegas will be hosting a Bystander Intervention community workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas. If you’re in the area, sign up!

That’s it for this week! Stay tuned for more Holla-news next week!

Holla and out!

The Hollaback! Team

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Week in Our Shoes: Together We Strive Edition

Hey everyone!

This week has gone by so fast! Let’s see what has been going on in the Holla-universe! Hollaback! HQ is teaming up with the Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs and Planning for research on street harassment. CJ, our fierce Admin and Program Assistant, attended the Organizing at the Intersections of Black Lives Matter & Gender Justice workshop, aimed at an understanding of gender, violence, policing and solidarity to create a more robust organizing practice. Program Coordinator, Desiree, attended a weekend conference on safety and cyberharassment, hosted by the Tyler Clementi Foundation. The revolution is going down!

And in Hollaback! news around the world:

Hollaback! London discussed the increase in recorded sex crime on London public transport at a panel at City Hall with the Police and Crime Committee. They also discussed the efficacy of efforts to tackle unwanted sexual behavior on public transport.

Hollaback! Baltimore held the panel “Street Harassment: Know Your Rights”. They discussed the legal recourses available to victims of street harassment, shared some personal stories, and explored the intersections between feminist legal theory to anti-street harassment. What an amazing event!

CQ0bp1DUwAAp8A-Hollaback! Vegas was promoting their zine with a lovely title, “The League of Extraordinary Feminists,” and was adding leaves to their positivity tree. We love everything they do especially the positivity tree!

Hollaback! Melbourne is actively participating in a survey on street harassment in their city. The survey is part of a larger project funded by the La Trobe University ‘Transforming Human Societies’ Research Focus Area in Melbourne.

Hollaback! Vancouver has booked a day to meet people interested in volunteering, discuss various opportunities, give out training packages and sign interested folks up for workshops. We hope they will be able to accommodate everyone cause this sure seems like an amazing opportunity!

Hollaback! Italy is organizing a workshop in collaboration with Casa Arcobaleno in Torino. They will discuss street harassment against women and LGBTI persons. Can’t wait to see how this will go!

That’s it for now! Stay tuned next week for more exciting news and events!

Holla and out!

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Week in Our Shoes: Fall is Here!

Hey everyone!

Another week has gone by and the Holla-train has not slowed down. We have been up and about spreading the word on our new app and gathering stories for our Story Sharing Campaign, which ended this week. Hollaback! HQ welcomed a new intern, Rose, former badass site leader from Nottingham, who will be working on our key programs. Hollaback!’s Deputy Director, CQVuS19UEAA8mKxDebjani Roy, addressed 300 students and faculty at Friends Seminary in New York City about the movement to end street harassment. Our new Program and Admin Assistant, CJ, spoke at the first Queens Brides March (Go CJ!), an event aimed at raising awareness about the horrors of domestic violence and mourning for those who have lost their lives to this crime.

Lets see what has been going on with our sites around the world!

Helen McBride from Hollaback! Belfast was on The Prospect Roads, talking about the Hollaback! movement, the same-sex marriage referendum held in Ireland earlier this year and the implications the result has on the LGBT community.

11960217_980281012030697_8444016426509341420_nHollaback! Baltimore participated at Cherrie Moraga’s talk on her exceptional book “This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color” and they are preparing for the discussion on anti-street harassment and knowing your rights.

Agnieszka Biela from Hollaback! Poland was interviewed for Radio Kraków, talking about the problem of street harassment.

Hollaback! Vegas started their first ever zine! The home-made publication is a tool their volunteers are using this year to educate the public and get the world out about street harassment and other forms of sexual violence. Amazing job Vegas!

That’s it for now! Until next week,

Holla and out!

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Week in Our Shoes: Happy 10th Birthday Hollaback!

Hey Hollas!

Hollaback HQ celebrated its ten year anniversary this week!unnamed We blew the candles and wished for a future where everyone has the right to feel safe as they walk down the street. And so, the work continues as we keep things moving with our Story Sharing Campaign – getting our brand spanking new free app out to as many people as possible and collecting more stories using #iHollaback. So go on and share your story so that we can prove to the haters who say “street harassment is not a big deal” that they are wrong!

Hollaback! sites around the world:

Hollaback!’ers around the world have been way busy with the Story Sharing Campaign and promoting the app.

12039313_1343587495667318_1952166344398984013_nHollaback! Peterborough marched at the first Trans Day of Resiliency & the first Trans March in their town and got great support from their community! How amazing is that? For a small city in southern Ontario, we’d say it’s pretty UH-MA-ZING! They were also marching in the Pride Parade and tabling in the park with info about Hollaback! I mean, WOW!

Hollaback! Nottingham and Hollaback! London participated at an Anti-Street Harassment Summit on making Nottingham and Nottinghamshire safer for women held by Nottingham Women’s Centre. They took the opportunity to spread the word on the amazing work they have done in the last year and also shared what their plans will be in the coming months! Great job Nottingham and London!

Hollaback! Vegas participated at a round table at UNLV on combatting campus sexual assault with Congresswoman Dina Titus and the team of Hillary Clinton for Nevada.

CPs3Ur9UcAA-uQHHollaback! Ottawa was rallying, marching and chanting on the streets of Ottawa at their Take Back the Night 2015 event where women reclaim their right to walk alone at night without the fear of violence and continue to enforce the movement to end violence against women. Here they are proudly holding the Hollaback! flag! Thumbs up, Ottawa!

Hollaback! Edinburgh was supporting the march “AYE to refugees, NAE to Nazis”. The march was initiated by Unite Against Fascism – Edinburgh as a mobilization of faith groups, civil right groups and trade unions, to oppose the SDL’s message of intolerance and racism in defense of refugees and immigrants. A very very important issue!

Hollaback! Halifax together with Avalon Sexual Assault Centre hosted the second annual Rolling Revolution: Cats Glare Back. They were touring the city to show their support for victims and survivors of street harassment and sexualized violence and to reclaim spaces of reported street violence. And they got featured in the media here and here! Awesome work, HB Halifax! Check out #CatsGlareBack!

Hollaback! Bahamas participated at the Feminist Forum to discuss the SDGs, indicators, accountability, and monitoring. Way to go!

Well, that’s it for now (and it’s a lot)! Stay tuned next week for even more amazing stuff!


Holla and out!

-The Hollaback! Team

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Week in Our Shoes: Team Expansion Edition

Hola Hollas!

This week at Hollaback! HQ we are going for it with the Story Sharing Campaign and the promotion of our *new and improved* app. We’ve had many story submissions, great discussions, and most importantly, new users who will be able to share their stories and fight street harassment.Screen shot 2015-09-18 at 2.15.27 PM

We are also thrilled, overjoyed, ecstatic, and *insert any and all happy adjectives here*, to welcome two new staff members at the Hollaback! HQ: CJ is our new superduper Program and Admin Assistant and Desiree is our stupendous new HeartMob Program Coordinator! HOLLA!!! Please welcome them!

Hollaback! sites around the world:

Hollaback! sites were also busy promoting the app and the story sharing campaign. Let’s see what else happened during the week!

Hollaback! Baltimore hosted an event to share stories and talk about how people can use their skills to help combat street harassment. They also gave updates on upcoming events and strategized new ways to end harassment. The amazing Brittany Oliver, Director of Hollaback! Baltimore, was chosen as a 2015 winner of the Warnock Foundation’s Baltimore Social Innovation Journal. Congrats Brittany!

ottawa3Hollaback! Ottawa participated in SlutWalk Ottawa, an amazing event representing solidarity, diversity, and feminism in the centre of Ottawa. Many people showed up and shared many beautiful photos and stories. Hollaback! Ottawa also held a workshop at beFOREPLAYask for Sexual Assault Awareness Week. It was a week long campaign for sexual assault awareness hosted by Carleton University Students’ Association.

Hollaback! Peterborough has done something amazing this week! Screen shot 2015-09-18 at 2.48.45 PMThey teamed up with their local AIDS Resource Network to host Peterborough’s first Trans Day of Resilience, during Pride Week, hosting a Trans & Gender Variant Panel. It was a great opportunity to hear a bunch of trans and gender variant people talk about their experiences with identity, culture, privilege, oppression, resilience, and solidarity, and learn how to be a better ally to the trans and gender variant community.

Hollaback! Croatia has been working very hard on raising awareness for help in the migrant crisis that has been going on in the Balkans. We hope it will be resolved very soon!

Thanks for all of you incredible work and don’t forget to get some R&R over the weekend!

Holla and out!

The Hollaback Staff

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