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Week In Our Shoes: Heaps of HOLLA Edition

Hello Hollabackers! Happy Women’s History Month! HOLLAs have been especially busy this past week and it is AWESOME.

This week, Hollaback! was featured in the Huffington Post (more than once!), CBC News, Stop Street Harassment blog, and Metro News.

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

Hollaback! Alberta presented yesterday on street harassment being an issue in the local community and across the globe at the University of Alberta’s International Women’s Day Celebration.

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio held their first Safer Spaces training with Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery. They also did  two 1-hour workshops with the women at the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail.

Hollaback! Baltimore is gathering TODAY to celebrate three years of fighting street harassment. The event will include an awesome and impactful display by Luminous Intervention, along with readings of stories submitted to their website or from attendees who would like to share their own. Happy Birthday, Hollaback! Baltimore!

Hollaback! Boston held a workshop titled “We Hollaback!: Creating a World Without Street Harassment” for Harvard University students. They discussed the prominence of street harassment in the local community and how students can address it in a  powerful and meaningful way. HB! Boston also participated in Massachusetts’ White Ribbon Day Campaign, which seeks to mobilize men to end violence against women. And last but not least, they released a public statement about a court ruling in Massachusetts that made upskirt photos on transit legal.

Hollaback! Brussels participated in an event called: “Feminist Action 2.0” in recognition of “Week of the Women”, a week of events leading up to International Women’s Day. The event was organized by the “Vrouwen Overleg Komitee” and the city council of Brussels to bring together different types of feminist action groups and feminist organizations, and to start a debate on how they can work together, which views they have on feminism, and on taking action. This was the first meeting of several.

Hollaback! Croatia participated in a panel discussion titled “Feminist Therapy“.

Hollaback! Des Moines held casting for their production of “The Vagina Monologues,” which they are sponsoring in collaboration with the Women of Color Advisory Network (WOCAN) and Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The performance is slated for April 12th, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and proceeds will go to WOCAN.

Hollaback! Dublin gave their FIRST workshop on street harassment at Trinity College Dublin’s International Women’s Week. Way to go HB! Dublin!!

Hollaback! Edinburgh newest committee member, Felicity Tolley, wrote a fantastic post on why she has joined the Hollaback! team in Edinburgh. Welcome, Felicity!

Hollaback! Hamilton created a street harassment survey for McMaster University students in order to help them better understand some of the realities of street harassment in Hamilton. Yesterday, they tabled at their local International Women’s Day event. They have also started planning an event for International Anti-Street Harassment week at McMaster University. Stay tuned for more details!

Hollaback! London is launching a brand new campaign today! It’s all about getting clubs, pubs, bars and venues to tackle and prevent harassment. Keep an eye on the hashtag #goodnightout for details and check here for updates. They will also be attending an 80s Themed Good Night Out club night with feminist DJs at ULU. Hollaback! ULU will also be joining them.

Hollaback! Ottawa, along with community partners, wrote an open letter directed to men involved in a recent rape culture incident at the University of Ottawa.  Here’s an excerpt from this amazing and powerful letter:

“How do we tell young women to protect themselves from their lab partners, their boyfriends, their prom dates, their classmates, and from rapists? We don’t. We tell men that sexual assault is wrong. We educate young men about consent. We build a society and community that respects women and sees them as equals, not as objects. Can you take steps to further educate yourselves about violence against women? Can you help turn the conversation around?”

HB! Ottawa was also honored and asked to share their most recent victories at an event titled “We Win Every Day”.

Hollaback! University of London Union (ULU) hosted “Hollaback Riot Night Reloaded” to celebrate the beginning of ULU Women’s History Month Festival. They had a great turnout with some awesome bands as well as their kickass t-shirts mentioned last week. The flyer for the event is pictured above. Sounds like it was an awesome event!

What an amazing start to March! Keep up the fantastic work, HOLLAs!

HOLLA and out!

– The Hollaback! Team

 

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Week In Our Shoes: Coffee Talk Edition

          University of Arizona student shares why they Hollaback!

Hello Hollabackers!

This week, Hollaback! was featured in Backdrop Magazine, Belgian Marie Claire, ASOS Zine, Philadelphia Magazine, and the Philly Daily News.

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

Hollaback! Baltimore hosted an Offline Coffee & Chat on Tuesday, a casual gathering for their community members to get together, meet fellow feminists, make new friends, and get more involved with Hollaback!

Hollaback! London made this awesome “YOU WATCH YOUR MOUTH, BUDDY” Thelma & Louise t-shirt in collaboration with House of Astbury, a cycling clothing company. They were also featured on London’s Community Channel talking about social media and activism. The video will be posted here soon.

Hollaback! Philly had their Human Trafficking in the United States speaker series yesterday. It was a TEDx style event that discussed the complexities and nuances of human trafficking in the United States. Attendees learned about warning signs, what good samaritans can do about human trafficking, and the extent and scope of the human trafficking happening right in their own backyards.

Hollaback! Polska has been celebrating European Day for Victims of Crime (followed in Poland by Week of Help to Survivors of Crime) by launching an educational campaign on Facebook concerning Polish Card of Victim’s Rights. As of Saturday the 22nd, they have shared one poster every day to describe the rights of victims guaranteed under Polish law.

Hollaback! Tucson attended a #BodySmartFair to talk to students and staff from the University of Arizona about street harassment.

Awesome work, HOLLAs! Let’s keep the conversations going! Til next time,

HOLLA and out!

– The Hollaback Team

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Week In Our Shoes: B.Y.O.H. – Bring Your Own Holla Edition

Hello Hollabackers! 

This week, Hollaback! was featured in Forbes, Wisconsin’s Women’s Network, and SPARK.

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

Hollaback! Bogota is looking for new team members! If you or someone you know may be interested, email them at [email protected] for more information.

Hollaback! Boston is having their Self-Care HOLLAday Party today! They’ll have a photo booth, art therapy workshop, street harassment journal-making, and more! They will also have awesome raffle prizes from LUSH Cosmetics, Ecolissa cosmetics, JP Licks, and Shannon at Liquid Hair Studios, among others. Come as you are, and bring your friends!

Hollaback! Chandigarh has started a series of articles where they will discuss how gender issues and patriarchy affects people’s lives. Check out their first article in the series here.

Hollaback! Croatia has started a Safer Spaces campaign! Stay tuned for exciting updates as their campaign takes off

Hollaback! Czech posted a video of their participation in last week’s One Billion Rising for Justice in Prague. The event in addition to their video has garnered a great deal of attention including three press pieces and was specially highlighted by V-Day.

Hollaback! Edinburgh‘s new committee member, Line Knudsen, wrote this awesome post on why she joined the Hollaback! team in Edinburgh.

Hollaback! Philly has announced more speakers for their upcoming speaker series on human sex trafficking of domestic girls with various experts from across the country. Lynly S. Egyes, Esq., a Senior Staff Attorney with the Sex Workers Project in New York, will be talking about victims of human trafficking with a focus on the marginalization of LGBT victims. Sarah Deer, member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and Jennifer Gentile Long, Director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, will also be speaking.

Hollaback! Polska was on the national radio last Saturday for an interview about the Hollaback! organization.

Great work, HOLLAs!

HOLLA and out!

– The Hollaback Team

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Week In Our Shoes: Breath of Fresh A..ctivism Edition

Hello Hollabackers! 

This week, Hollaback! was featured in The Athens News, BostInno, and HAPS Magazine.

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

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio created valentines with students to be left all over Athens for random people to find. They also taught a 3 hour workshop to the Ohio University student group FUCKRAPECULTURE on presenting good workshops. They have plans to do another one with them on consensus based decision making, meeting facilitation, and campaign strategy.

Hollaback! Boston is hosting a HOLLA party! Join them on Friday, February 21, for pampering, self-care, and socializing in a space full of love and acceptance. HB! Boston was also part of a meeting with local LGBTQ PoC organizations to collaborate with, share schedules and support each other’s events. Finally, check out this great blogpost recapping their Take Back the Bar event from the end of January.

Hollaback! Fredericksburg will be tabling and helping with Smash Presents: The Heartbreakers and Betties Burlesque show at Eyeclopes Studios on Saturday, Feb 15, 7-10 p.m. On their site, they discuss how burlesque has a long history, and a recent revitalization that really aims to empower the performer, and provide commentary on the way we view and experience bodies.

Hollaback! Montreal announced the revamping and revival of their local branch! They are planning a bunch of really great projects and collaborations for the community this spring. As of now, they are working on getting organized and reaching out to groups and individuals to renew their local network. They are also drafting awareness-raising campaigns to denounce harassment within public transportation spaces and at clubs and bars in the city. Hooray Hollaback! Montreal!

Hollaback! Polska has been rockin’ it with their social media education work! First, with this graphic that shows Poland’s most recent important law changes concerning rape cases. Secondly, with their recent comments on rape culture in the media. HB! Polska publicly commented on a journalist using the term “sexual excesses” to Kaddafi crimes against women and on an article published from a well-known portal about the Polish Prime Minister’s daughter being stalked so brutally that she needed government security – they called it “love problems” with “discreet admirer”. Within these comments, they ask journalists to not minimize violence against women by using such inadequate terminology. Both of their comments were mentioned in an article about how media language makes light of violations of women’s human rights.

Awesome work, HOLLAs! Thank you for continuing to dazzle us with your brilliance!

HOLLA and out!

– The Hollaback! Team

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Week In Our Shoes: Keep Calm and Inspire On Edition

Hello Hollabackers!

This week, Hollaback! was featured in Buzzfeed, The Ottawa Citizen (more than once!), Huffington Post, Halabol, and Speakeasy Magazine

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

Hollaback! Belfast held a workshop on street harassment with a Girls’ Brigade group.

Hollaback! Des Moines, in collaboration with the Women of Color Advisory Network and Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, announced their upcoming presentation of a multicultural, multilingual community production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. Casting calls will take place March 2 and March 5.

Hollaback! Hamilton is officially working with 12 students to take on some projects in the next four months! The students are from a “women, sexuality and the welfare state” class at McMaster University.

Hollaback! Istanbul‘s Nihan Guneli was written about/in this radio excerpt for her work on a harassment case, where the harasser was sentenced to 1 year and 8 months in prison–really unheard of in Turkey. Guneli states that “the vast majority of harassment and rape cases go unreported in Turkey in large part because the police station experience can be more traumatic than the harassment”.

Hollaback! Italia announced the date for their upcoming Chalk Walk – March 2, 2014!

Hollaback! Korea started a new YouTube channel and are welcoming content submission ideas. You can check out videos from their events and recordings of interviews to learn more about the project. On their channel, you can listen to a recent radio interview  in which Site Founder Chelle B. Mille talks about street harassment in Korea, how Hollaback! Korea is addressing the issue, and how community members can get involved.

Hollaback! LA shared the incredibly adorable Cats Against Catcalling image seen above, created by local artist Funky Catsterz.

Hollaback! Mumbai will be joining this year’s Mumbai Pride Walk. Join them this Saturday at 3pm! Learn more here.

Hollaback! Philly, in partnership with Temple University, is hosting a speaker series on human sex trafficking of domestic girls with various experts from across the country. The event will take place February 27, 2014.

Hollaback! Polska was interviewed on television regarding law changes concerning rape cases. Rape is pursued in all cases now. Originally, rape was pursued by a victim’s request which meant the offender/police/family could make the victim withdraw the request and the case was automatically closed. In addition, Poland now has more victim-friendly investigation procedures.

Inspiring to see all of the HOLLAs making waves! Until next week~

HOLLA and out!

– The Hollaback! Team

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Week in Our Shoes: Information Nation Edition

Hello Hollabackers!

1534759_565656900185620_1111346349_o This week, Hollaback! was featured in The Ottawa CitizenLawctopus, and University of Ottawa’s Fulcrum.

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

Hollaback! Boston has issued a call to action to the city of Boston to reconsider personal safety messages and examine how they lead to unintentional blaming of victims. HB! Boston also currently has an opening for a spring semester intern. Join their team today!

Hollaback! Israel has announced a new project titled “New Station” in which they’ll focus on putting a stop to harassment in public transportation stations. Community members are encouraged to share their stories and identify specific public transportation spots that have become inaccessible due to street harassment. Once information is collected, HB! Israel will be reporting the information to planning and municipal authorities.

Hollaback! Melbourne has announced the launch of their new enewsletter! Subscribers will be sent monthly updates on what they are working on, interesting articles relating to street harassment around the world, as will as limited edition materials available for download.

Hollaback! Mumbai is hosting a Tweet-a-thon on January 26th at 2pm IST. The conversation will revolve around topics regarding equality, discrimination, and safety in public spaces. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #RightRepublic.

Let’s keep the conversations going! Awesome work HOLLAs!

HOLLA and out!

– The Hollaback! Team

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Week In Our Shoes: Getting the Word Out Edition!

Hello Hollabackers!

HBAO Street Art

This week Hollaback! was featured in UNCW Swoop: Faculty & Staff Newsletter, Redwood Bark, Elixher, Ottawa Citizen and Gothamist.

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

Hollaback! Berlin was featured in a radio interview. Listen to it (in German) here!

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio gave 45 min lessons to twenty seven 8th graders at Vinton Middle School on street harassment, consent, deconstructing rape culture, and bystander intervention. HB! AO has also been preparing some awesome crafts for their upcoming art show and has seen some of their street art go viral on We Chalk Walk.

Hollaback! Boston has added a new workshop on the intersection of race and street harassment, and  shared the reading list they put together when they facilitated a discussion on the same topic. Check it out!

Hollaback! Ghent co-signed the Rainbow Charter against homophobia in their city. It is a co-operation between the City Administration for Equality, police, schools, and several partnering organisations which work for LGBTQ-rights. The network has six main goals supported by several projects. The main goals are: to inform the citizens of Ghent, assemble knowledge and work with experts, raise equal chances and safety in the city, interest for LGBTQ representation in image building of the city, support LGBTQ in Ghent and cooperate with a broad network of partners.

Hollaback! Hamilton has recruited 10-12 students from local universities to join their Hollaback team!

Hollaback! Mumbai has initiated a Campus Ambassador Program for collegians in Mumbai! HB! Mumbai was also contacted by a national radio show at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to speak about an upcoming documentary.

Hollaback! Ottawa has been featured in media and press recently due to a serial rapist in the area, they have been working to contextualize the situation as well as critiquing the manner the police have, up to this point, addressed the assaults.

 

 

Great work HOLLAs!

HOLLA AND OUT!

-The Hollaback! Team

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Week In Our Shoes: Welcome 2014 Edition

Hello Hollabackers!

On the Catwalk SSThis week Hollaback! was featured in Il Messaggero,TheHuffington Post, PGH City Paper,and BuildingCommunities, Ending Violence

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

Hollaback! Polska began a campaign against Tomasz Guział, a local politician. After the rape of a woman jogging through a public park, Guział posted victim blaming comments to his twitter. After the case was dropped by police because they were not able to locate the criminal Guział began to publicly state that there was no rape to begin with, demanding proof from the victim and apologies from feminists. HB!P then started this FB Event. Guział shortly issued a non-apology to HB!P and HB!’s comments in response went viral.

Hollaback! Berlin will be giving a talk at the University in Halle, Germany titled “Julia Brilling: Alltäglicher Sexismus, Street Harassment und die HollaBack!-Bewegung” or “Julia Brilling: Everyday Sexism, Street Harassment and th Hollaback! Movement”

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio was featured in this awesome documentary, “On the Catwalk,” a screen shot of the film featured above.

Way to bring in the New Year Hollas!

-The Hollaback! Team

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Week In Our Shoes: The Last Edition of 2013

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Hello Hollabackers!

During the last weeks of 2013, Hollaback! was featured by She Rights, The Vancouver Sun, The Vancouver Straight, The Province, Ottawa Citizen, Velvet Butter Blog, Truth Out and Jezebel (plus a few others that will surely be included once the holiday break is over and the press list is updated!).

 

Hollaback’s DD, Debjani Roy, was chosen as one of  20 women to join the 2013  Progressive Women’s Voices Class at the Women’s Media Center. Congrats!

 

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

 

Hollaback! Korea held their site launch party and got tons of great press covering the event! They posted lots of pictures and even some video of the event!

Hollaback! Houston also had amazing launch party called Holla From the Rooftop, check out their pictures of the event here!

Hollaback! Vancouver was interviewed for their first radio spot!

Hollaback! Philly will be featured in an amazing documentaryStreets To Call Our Own! The film will cover “the emergence of the anti-street harassment movement and the current efforts of HollabackPHILLY … through the lens of Philadelphia.” Check out the trailer on the kickstater page.

 

Way to close out 2013 HOLLAs!!!!
-The Hollaback! Team

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Last day of the 31 days of HOLLA!

On the last day of our 31 days of HOLLA campaign, we would like to thank all of our Hollaback! site leaders for the amazing work that they do, and all of our donors for making our work possible.

Check out our 2013 State of the Streets report to read more about what our site leaders have accomplished this year and what Hollaback! has planned for 2014.

On the 31st day of HOLLA, donate to the movement to end street harassment and help us continue to train and support site leaders around the world!

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