A Week in Our Shoes

Week In Our Shoes: Turn Up the Heat Edition

IMG_1021This week at HQ we’ve been busy with lots of internal planning and celebrating. As we say goodbye, we want to say a huge thank you and good luck to our HeartMob intern Eunie. This week, we’re also welcoming Natasha as our new IREX fellow! On top of that we celebrated Program Assistant Rachel’s birthday, and we’re eagerly awaiting Program Associate Jae’s return on Monday! Looking to the future, we’re busy with strategic planning and our search for fall interns. With the
way everything’s shaping up we’re setting ourselves up for an awesome Fiscal Year.
Around the world
, Hollaback! teams are staying busy and keeping up the energy…

11923225_1015284481838177_3082567966497460263_nIMG_1020Hollaback! Halifax interviewed on CBC Mainstreet about a taxi driver charged with sexual assault who has had his taxi license reinstated while he awaits trial. Read a summary of the interview here!

Hollaback! Las Vegas‘ youth volunteers are coming back from summer vacation this week for their first meeting of the year. They will be breaking into committees to start working on the actions planned for the fall, including the first issue of their zine!

Hollaback! Poland is a partner in organizing the Beyond Bubbles event in response to the abduction of Nigerian girls by Boko Haram.

Hollaback! Ottawa is marching in the Dyke March and Capital Pride this weekend.

Thanks to everyone for heating up the revolution! Keep up the good work.

Holla and out.

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Week In Our Shoes: Making Waves Edition

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In case you missed it, Alicia Keys spoke up this week about changing the way she dresses to feel safer on the street. Executive Director Emily May appeared on WPIX to remind the public that “What’s unique about this isn’t that she changed her clothes; it’s that she’s speaking up and speaking out…” According to our research with Cornell, 66% of women changed their clothes due to fear of harassment.

Around the world, Hollaback! site leaders keep encouraging conversations:

Hollaback! Bosnia Herzegovina turned research results into this powerful video (tw) to increase visibility of street harassment.

Hollaback! Vancouver is still going strong with their work to end harassment on public transportation. Check out their great blog post from this week’s Transit Tuesday.

Keep making and surfing those waves! Holla and out!

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Week in Our Shoes: Summer won’t slow us down

This week at HQ has gone by so quickly! We participated in Breakthrough’s #ChatBreak to talk about campus culture and sexual violence. Find more about our research on sexual harassment on college campuses on this page. On top of that, Executive Director Emily May and Hollaback!’s decentralized leadership model were featured by Mobilisation Lab. Now here’s what’s going on across the Holla-verse:

CLcykXdVAAAfEhe.jpg-largeHollaback! Amsterdam released survey results focusing on the epidemic of street harassment in their area. Check out the results here. Way to go team!

Hollaback! Pittsburgh has been using Twitter to elevate stories shared on their website. Read through some stories and let people know that you have their backs!

Hollaback! Panama had their launch party featuring performance artists and gallery art! Great job engaging your community and kicking things off with a bang!

Hollaback! Ottawa tabled at ladies night at the Comic Book Shoppe. Great work getting out in your community and having important conversations, team!

We can’t wait to see what our sites have in store for next week. Until then,

Holla and out!

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week In Our Shoes: Goodbye Interns

Greetings, Hollas!

This week at HQ we said goodbye to our interns, April and Julia. This summer, April assisted Debjani with Hollaback!’s new education curriculum for teaching in New York schools about harassment in public spaces and worked on Hollaback!’s annual report. Julia was the communications intern and worked with the HQ team on managing the social media accounts and the annual report. Thank you to our interns for their work this summer!

Debjani and Rachel attended Aspen Baker’s launch for her new book, Pro-Voice. This book is about destigmatizing abortion by listening to women’s stories. Read about Baker’s book here.

The application for the HeartMob coordinator position has been extended until next week. In addition, we are still accepting applications the Program and Administrative Assistant.

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Hollaback! Ottawa participated in the Comic Book Shoppe’s Ladies Night and hosted a chalk walk this past weekend.

Hollaback! Bahamas has been working tirelessly! The team presented at the Royal Bahamas Police Force Southeastern Division’s summer camp and the Urban Renewal Band’s summer camp about street harassment. Additionally, they were featured on the radio with Bahamas Sexual Health and Rights Association to talk about the importance of sexual education for youth. 

Hollaback! Bmore attended a free self-defense class at the Baltimore Free Farm for a Community Self Defense workshop. Knowing self-defense skills is an excellent way to feel empowered on your neighborhood’s streets. Check out some tips from the workshop!

Until next week!

Holla and Out! 

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Week in Our Shoes: Heatwave

What’s up, Hollaback! 

Things are heating up here at the HQ! The hot and humid air can’t get in our way of keeping the movement going.

Here’s some great news: we are hiring two positions here at the HQ! For our Full-time Program and Administrative Assistant, we are looking for someone with strong administrative, communication, and programming skills. Additionally, we are hiring a HeartMob Program Coordinator who will manage the program, partner with development and management, oversee legal projects, and strategize for the new platform. Please pass these opportunities along to anyone you know who may be interested!

Screen shot 2015-07-21 at 3.47.56 PMHere’s what’s going on with the sites: 

Hollaback! Bmore had a coffee chat with its site leaders and locals in the community to talk about the issues of street harassment. It’s awesome to engage with community members who care about making the streets a safer place.

Additionally, Hollaback! Bmore joined the Baltimore Trans Alliance for their #Baltimoretransuprising Rally & March. The team supported the transgender residents of Baltimore in demanding change to the city’s systems that actively and violently work to erase their presence in city life.

Hollaback! Ottawa did an interview with CBC about street harassment in their city. They discussed how to get the community involved in the movement to end harassment in public spaces. Using #corneredinOttawa, the site followed the harassment stories of women and LGBTQ folks in the community.

Great work this week!

Holla and Out!

-The Hollaback! Staff

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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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