A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Double Week Edition

Happy Friday Hollaback’ers!

This week’s WIOS compiles the past two weeks at Hollaback!, and my has it been busy. Hollaback! NYC had two press hits in The Guardian this week, one co-authored by Executive Director Emily May and Deputy Director Debjani Roy and one featuring Emily. Debjani was also sourced in an article on campus sexual assault in Metro NYC.

We’ve reached survey crunch time! The last day to take the survey is December 15th. We’ve had 1,222 additional survey respondents in these past 2 weeks.  Keep up the good work. In particular, shout outs to Bahamas, Baltimore, Bristol, Buenos Aires, Croatia, Halifax, Italy, LA, and Pittsburgh for significant growth.

Hollaback! Bahamas

  •  Participated in “Inspiring Change by Raising Voices” – a workshop organized by the U.S. Embassy Nassau, Royal Bahamas Police Force, and Bahamas Crisis Centre.
  • Were guests on Morning Blend (radio talk show) on Guardian Radio, and Connected (another radio show on Guardian Radio) along with LGBT+ activists and Shaunee Morgan of No Disrespect (Brooklyn, NY) to talk about Nat’l Women’s Week, street harassment, and gender equality.
  • Supported Zonta Says No – an awareness event for Int’l Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • Wrote a letter to the editor about the Bill Cosby show held in Nassau last week, and the use of funds to support a women’s safe house. 
  • AND Called on by the Women’s Bureau (Part of Social Services) to judge the equality essay contest for National Women’s Week

10430845_502401566566504_6488875142171922725_nHollaback! Italy  participated at the Trans freedom march in Turin in the TdoR (Trans Day of Remembrance). Additionally, they interviewed an artistic group called “lesbica non è un insulto” (“Lesbian is not an insult”) about their project inspired by the feminist photos project.

Hollaback! Berlin was featured on the Radio  talking about the difference between a compliment and harassment. 

Hollaback! Alberta presented a workshop at the Alberta GSA Conference, a provincial conference organized for students and teachers that wish to start LGBTQ and ally student groups in junior high and high schools. The conference included a series of workshops, resource displays, and a keynote presentation and performance from Canadian performer and award-winning author Ivan Coyote.

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Ciara McMullan Photography: http://www.ciaramcmullan.com

Helen McBride of Hollaback! Belfast was interviewed by Ulster University Coleraine and the Tab and spoke on a panel discussing Gender stereotypes for the Women of the World festival in Derry/Londonderry. Hollaback! Belfast also co-organized Reclaim the Night Belfast with Belfast Feminist Network on Saturday as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. And give a warm welcome to their new Social Media Intern. Follow them on instagram @hollabackbelfast

Hollaback! Croatia had an interview at a local radio station, and an initial meeting and education for new volunteers.

Hollaback! Ottawa launched their video re: cosplay =/= consent.


Hollaback! Sarajevo attended a street performance with foundation CURE (Girls) on International Day Against Violence Against Women.

On The 23d of November Hollaback! Ghent  collaborated with FEL (Feminist and Left), Ghent feminists, Flemish Women’s Council and Ella (knowledge center on gender and ethnicity) to the second “Break the Silence.” The day consisted of presentations, workshops and a documentary in light of the International Day Against Violence Against Women. For a full summary of the events, click here.

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio published this video of our street performance at the Athens Halloween Block Party featuring members of the F Word Performers, All About the Ladies, and Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio.



Great job this week team!

Holla and out!

–The Hollaback Staff

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Week in Our Shoes: Funding, Reflections, and Cosplay Edition

Happy Friday Hollaback-ers!

What we’ve been up to this week…

10368207_964147830266032_8730878180630726919_nDeputy Director Debjani Roy did a key note and guest lecture in a women’s studies class at Kalamazoo College. Executive Director Emily May attended an online harassment conference organized by the MIT media lab. Press coverage continues to pour in with notable hits on the New York Times Blog and Good 4 Utah.

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio led 1.5 hour workshops on consent, deconstructing rape culture, and bystander intervention for three Cultural Diversity in Education classes at Ohio University.

This article in the student paper titled “Ahead of Union Street fire, bars sought to tackle assault” discussed Appalachian Ohio’s Safer Spaces Campaign. It also mentioned a large fire that devastated their town this past weekend.

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio also helped to circulate this funding campaign to help support those who lost their jobs in a the fire the consumed most of a block of uptown Athens this weekend.

Cosplay Poster_1_FINALHollaback! Ottawa are going to be at Pop Expo this weekend (Saturday, November 22nd) hosting a workshop on cosplay =/= consent and walking around the Con, handing out info.

If you haven’t already, check out Baltimore Co-Director Mel Keller’s reflections on the Facing Race conference. 

As always, thank you for your continued dedicated hard work, especially at spreading the word on the survey.

Great job this week team!

HOLLA and out!

– The Hollaback! Staff

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A Week In Our Shoes: Awards, Workshops, and Panels Edition

Happy Friday Hollaback-ers!

This is a general reminder that we need to spread the word as much as possible on the survey! Thank you for all the hard work you have done so far.

It’s been another busy week at Hollaback!’s far and wide:

Jewel Lalonde of Hollaback! Ottawa wrote an oped on Jian Ghomeshi and the Bystander Effect.

Rebecca Faria of Hollaback! Halifax won the Bronze in the Best Activist category in the local alt-weekly paper (The Coast) 

Students in the broadcast journalism program at Nova Scotia Community College have a weekly news show on a local channel. They included a story about Hollaback! Halifax and the viral video.

Gabriela Duhart Herrera of Hollaback! Mexico DF held a workshop on ways to end at event led by the National Youth Institute in Mexico City and Espolea, one of their partner organizations. 

Nancy Gomez Site Leader for Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio and Phd Candidate at Ohio University College of Communications, represented Hollaback! this afternoon on a panel discussion for the College of Communications on Violence Against Women alongside representatives of SlutWalk and the student group F#@KRAPECULTURE.

Great job this week team!

HOLLA and out!

– The Hollaback! Staff

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Week In Our Shoes: Conferences, Newspapers, and Radio Edition

Happy Friday Holla’backers!

Thanks to Kaofeng Lee of The National Network to End Domestic Violence for the photo!

Thanks to Kaofeng Lee of The National Network to End Domestic Violence for the photo!

Despite fielding a tremendous increase in press attention, Hollaback! sites around the world have been super busy! We can’t thank you enough for your hard work during this time.

If you haven’t already had a chance to look at it, here is the Mothership’s latest statement on the viral video and and a preview our upcoming response project.

Julie Lalonde of Hollaback! Ottawa was on Aljazeera’s “The Stream” this week, talking about the Jian Ghomeshi story and rape culture more broadly. Additional coverage can be found in the Ottawa Citizen.

Julie Lalonde in the Ottawa Citizen.

Alicia Wallace of Hollaback! Bahamas – Participated in the Anti-Violence Rally held by Dr. David Allen and The Family. Additionally, they hosted “Standing Your Ground: Safely Responding to Street Harassment and Domestic Violence” – with a session SH and DV, their root causes, bystander intervention, and local resources at College of The Bahamas.

Hollaback! Chicago‘s Katie Davis was on WGN Radio talking about the Chi Town efforts to combat street harassment.

Hollaback! Croatia will conduct a workshop for high school students as part of a teen section/program of a feminist festival that will take place next week in Zagreb. There is even a televised opportunity! We look forward to hearing, and seeing, how it goes.

Great job this week, team!
HOLLA and out!
– The Hollaback! Staff

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Week In Our Shoes: Rally, #Carrythatweight, and Holla-ween edition.

Happy Friday Hollabacker’s!

There has been a great deal of press coverage of Hollaback! this week with the explosion of the viral video. If you haven’t yet read our statement regarding the recent street harassment PSA you may do so here.

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We hope you helped #carrythatweight on Wednesday, October 29th. Executive Director Emily May spoke and Hollaback! donated 28 mattresses. Full coverage of the rally can be found here. 

Hollaback! Bahamas held an open forum with a performing arts class at College of The Bahamas. They also held an educational session for a sociology class at College of The Bahamas. Additionally, they joined Bahamas Against Sexual Violence & Child Abuse in a demonstration calling for the protection of children, an amber alert system, stiffer penalties, proper rehabilitation, and a sex offenders registry (following the sentencing of a 64 year old man to 5 years in prison for the rape of a 6 year old girl).


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HollaBack Cleveland invites you to their very first Holla-WEEN Costume party and funky fundraiser dance party!!

On Saturday, Nov. 1st, celebrate Holla-ween with a SAFE-SPACE COSTUME DANCE PARTY! Come boogie down on the dance floor without worry that unwanted comments on your body or outfit, or gay bashing will ruin your night.


Looks like fun! Enjoy.
For those who celebrate, have a happy Holla-ween.
Great job this week, team!
HOLLA and out!
– The Hollaback! Staff

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Week In Our Shoes: Survey, Survey, Survey Edition!

Happy Friday Hollabacker’s!

This week, the Hollaback! mothership attended the Emily May classroom at the Lower East Side Girls Prep and worked with fourth graders on a public art project.  Additionally, we received press hits from The Gothamist, Telesur, and NY City Lens.

We are working to spread the word on two big awesome things, and you can help!

Screen shot 2014-10-23 at 4.16.52 PM1) #Carrythatweight. Stand in solidarity with Emma Sulkowitz on 10/29. http://www.carryingtheweighttogether.com/get-involved. Carry a mattress and demand the end of sexual violence on college campuses and around the world.

2) As previously announced, our international street harassment survey is live. Thank you everyone for sending out the survey links. There are many different languages and locations. Send out the survey to as many list serves as possible. Reach high, reach wide! An international survey will give us worldwide solutions!

And here’s what the rest of our sites around the world have been up to….

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio alerted us to the media coverage of the F@#KRAPECULTURE rally had some glaring omissions. Here’s one reporter’s attempt at starting to put LGBT people and women of color back into the headlines. Props for keeping the Hollaback! movement intersectional. 

Hollaback! Bahamas guest lectured a Sociology class at The College of The Bahamas on street harassment and gender issues. They were also special guests at College of The Bahamas Union of Students’ Equality in Democracy forum. Additionally The Tribune reported on Hollaback! Bahamas’ presence at the Global Citizenship Conference in New Orleans.

Hollaback! Gent and Brussels co-organized a workshop on body-shaming and especially fat-shaming street harassment with FatPositivity Belgium.

10628108_732382560190110_8989879809764663003_nQuentin Daspremont of Hollaback Brussels has been invited to give a talk on street harassment for the occasion of the comic book release of Project Crocodiles (pictured left). Project Crocodiles is a comic book and tumblr project of the illustrator/artist Thomas Mathieu where he transforms real harassment stories into drawings where harassers are crocodiles. We worked with Thomas before and he has transformed our bystander guide and tips on how to respond page into drawings/memes that have gone viral. 

In other news for Hollabacker’s, CBS coverage of food shaming has hopped from Boston, to Miami to Hollaback! Pittsburgh and the Know Your Rights Guide continues to get press. 

Great job this week, team! HOLLA and out!

– The Hollaback! Staff 

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Week In Our Shoes: Know Your Rights! Edition

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Deputy Director Debjani Roy

Happy Friday Hollabackers!

The Hollaback! mothership has been very busy this week. We started the week attending the ROC United rally against sexual harassment in the restaurant industry, where Deputy Director Debjani Roy spoke alongside Saru Jayaram and Eve Ensler.

We released the global street harassment Know Your Rights Guide  in conjunction with Thomson Reuters Foundation and coordinated by global law firm DLA Piper. The guide has already been shared on Think Progress, Cosmopolitan and Bust! We also released  the Hollaback! international survey with Cornell University. We urge you to take it and share it. We also announced our involvement with the Carrying the Weight Together day of action on October 29th! Click on the link to see how you can get involved.

Finally, Emily and Debjani trained 80 rookie NYPD officers on street harassment on Thursday.

And here’s what site leaders have been up to:

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio did two readings of the Support Zine for the women currently incarcerated at Southeast Ohio Regional Jail.

10334238_352634198226327_2384405174949754488_n Site leader Sarah Fick wrote this letter to the editor in support of the student group F@#KRAPECULTURE at Ohio University. They participated in a rally demanding mandatory consent education for all students each year, protesting rape culture and expanding awareness of sexual violence. The rally received much press attention coverage and photos galore, including front page coverage in the Athens News (with a Hollaback! mention at the tail end). And the student paper has this pretty cool video up. For more photos click here.

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio also taught a 1.5 hour workshop on rape culture and bystander intervention for 40 Anthropology students at Ohio University AND Debuted the Body Hair Hoopla photo exhibit at the Ohio University Women’s Center’s Love Your Body Day event. 

Screen shot 2014-10-16 at 3.21.53 PMHollaback! Boston co-hosted Northeastern Stands Together Against Harassment, a block party at Northeastern University to support Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s residency at the school with her Stop Telling Women To Smile Project. Here’s a recap of the event. They also joined the Confronting Police Brutality & Racial Profiling Rally and Speak Out where they were announced as one of the members of the new Boston Coalition For Police Accountability. Awesome Boston! AND they did a workshop at Berklee College of Music.

Hollaback! Philadelphia will be at Locust Moon Fest this weekend. They were at NYCC last weekend. Stay tuned for an upcoming TV spot on CBS news talking about food shaming (they’re running it to extend Hollaback! Boston‘s recent work).

Hollaback! Ottawa marched in the local Take Back the Night March.

Hollaback! Brussels was interviewed by La Première – RTBF radio on the subject: “How to protect women from groping hands on the public transport?” They discussed the fines against harassers and the new anti-sexism law in Belgium and the potential ineffectiveness of these.

Hollaback! LA ran a workshop series with imMEDIAte Justice with high school girls working with film to speak back against harassment.

Wow! There’s been a lot going on. Thank you for all of your hard work as always.

Great job this week, team! HOLLA and out!

– The Hollaback! Staff

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Week in Our Shoes: Press on Press on Press Edition

Happy Friday Hollaback!’ers!

Hollaback sites around the world have been spreading the word through many media outlets!

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Jessica William’s roundabout map of harassment avoidance.

The Hollaback! mothership team was featured in The Daily Show’s segment on street harassment. Correspondent Jessica Williams used biting satire and wit to challenge assumptions on street harassment. Williams even tweeted at Hollaback! when the segment aired.

Press coverage for Hollaback! NYC continued as the MTA’s efforts to prevent harassment were highlighted in Aljezeera America. Check out Deputy Director, Debjani Roy’s comments on the matter!

Hollaback! is proud to be a part of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United’s initiative to end harassment of restaurant workers. They are utilizing our employer guide, authored by Deputy Director, Debjani Roy, who will be speaking at a rally on Tuesday to share stories of harassment in the restaurant industry.

Programmes Associate Jae Cameron and Executive Director Emily May
Programe Associate Jae Cameron and Executive Director Emily May on The Daily Show

Executive Director, Emily May commented on the tragic and disturbing attacks in Detroit and New York toward women who resisted harassment.

“Street harassment is on a spectrum of gender-based violence,” May pointed out. “When street harassment is okay, it makes groping okay. And when groping is okay, it makes assault okay. And when assault is okay, it makes murder OK. We need to stop this cycle where it starts.”

Emily has also been very busy on the road! She just spoke at the Stanford Online Feminism conference and presented at the Global Citizenship Conference in New Orleans with Alicia from Hollaback! Bahamas.

Meanwhile in Canada…

Hollaback! Hamilton site leader Jess Prominski was interviewed in The Spec, Hamilton’s online daily newspaper for the article “Catcalls, Groping and Insults are a Reality for Hamilton Women.”

Hollaback! Halifax has experienced even more media coverage of the #CatsGlareBack rally in Watch Magazine and the Chronicle Herald. You can also listen to their panel discussion “Unlearn: Rape Culture” on Dalhousie University’s radio online (available to stream and download for the next couple of months).

Additionally, there were press hits for Hollaback! Delhi in Vocativ and a re-airing of the CBS Boston spot on Hollaback! Boston and food shaming for CBS Miami, as well as a mention in the NYU News.

Great job this week, team!

HOLLA and out!

– The Hollaback! Staff

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Week In Our Shoes: Panels, Protests and Arts Edition

Happy Friday Hollaback!’ers!

Hollaback sites around the world have been busy with workshops, panels, protest and more.

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Extra, extra read all about it! The Hollaback! mothership was featured on the front page of Metro New York, a free paper distributed on public transportation. Deputy director Debjani Roy weighed in on the MTA’s reevaluation of their sexual harassment policies.

While this was going on in NYC, ED, Emily May and HB Bahamas site leader, Alicia Wallace were tearing it up at the Melton Foundation’s Global Citizenship Conference.

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

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio did a 2-hour empowerment self defense workshop at the Susan B. Anthony Memorial Unrest Home Womyn’s Land Trust, as well as two workshops on self care for the women at Southeast Ohio Regional Jail AND one self defense workshop for the women at Rural Women’s Recovery Center. Workshops for the win!

Dee Dooley at Hollaback! Ottawa Cats Glare Back. (Photo by Sara Slaunwhite)

Dee Dooley at Hollaback! Halifax Cats Glare Back. (Photo by Sara Slaunwhite)

Hollaback! Halifax, collaborated with Avalon Sexual Assault Centre on a wicked Cats Against Cat Calling Event. Approximately 60 people participated: about 20 bikes, a motorcycle, an Accessibus, a rolling stage (flatbed truck with sound system) and a bunch of people walking. There were spoken word performances at several stops along the route, and speakers at our destination including Glen Canning (father of Rehteah Parsons). Here is an article and some pictures from the event! #catsglareback

Hollaback! Halifax  leader Rebecca Faria participated in an Unlearn Rape Culture Panel. About 50-60 people attended. Panelists discussed definitions of rape culture, the many ways that institutions (such as universities) systemically reinforce it, and strategies for alleviating it.

Hollaback! London is collaborating with other Hollaback!’s in the UK including Sheffield, Bristol, Norwich and Edinburgh on the ever expanding Good Night Out Campaign, promoting harassment free nights outs in clubs, bars, pubs and venues around the UK and Ireland. Fundraising ends October 24th.

Hollaback! Ottawa sent out a letter to every candidate running for council in their upcoming municipal election (all 130+ of them!) asking them what they’re going to do about gender-based violence. The responses are compiled here.

Alicia Wallace, director of Hollaback! Bahamas with the Equality Tree. Painted by artist Allan P. Wallace.

Alicia Wallace, director of Hollaback! Bahamas with the Equality Tree. Painted by artist Allan P. Wallace.

Hollaback! Bahamas pulled off the first event for Equality Bahamas at Hillside House Studio & Gallery and attracted a crowd of over 200 people. It was an art exhibition (the work of Antonius Roberts) complete with an address by Marion Bethel (recipient of 2014 Caricom Triennial Award for Women), and dramatization of quotes from Bahamas Women’s Suffrage Movement by 3 actresses. 

They also unveiled the Equality Tree – a collaborative painting which will be taken everywhere we go during the gender equality referendum educational campaign as an interactive art piece.

Hollaback! Boston participated in a Title IX teach in at Tufts University on Friday.




Great job this week team!

HOLLA and out!

– The Hollaback! Staff

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Week In Our Shoes: Events, events, events issue!

Happy Friday Hollaback!’ers,

This week conversations, events, and press hits have continued in earnest! Hollaback was featured in Ms. Magazine and WBZ CBS Boston.

At the Mothership, DD, Debjani Roy, hosted the first meeting of the newly launched people of color leadership pipeline with our awesome site leaders.


By Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

ED, Emily May attended and delivered a lightning talk at the ONA Conference in Chicago.

And in HB site land…

Hollaback! Ottawa commented on the apparent claim that rates of harassment on busses have decreased in the Ottawa Sun.

Hollaback! Boston hosted their first back-to-school Take Back The Bar Boston event, as well as the first support group meeting with a focus on post-harassment self-care. They were also featured in a CBS segment on food shaming!

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio completed a series of 4 45-minute workshops on sexual assault prevention with 23 8th graders at Vinton Middle School.

Hollaback! Twin Cities tabled at a spoken word and music event about street harassment resulting in great conversations.

Great job this week, team!

HOLLA and out!

– The Hollaback! Staff 

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