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Our newest site: LONDON!

HollabackLDN lauched today, giving London a badass response to street harassment. The project is led by Julia Gray and Sharmadean Reid, a fearless and fashion-forward duo. Sharmadean is also the founder of WAH-Nails, a self proclaimed “badass nail shop” in London that is also located in the famous TopShop. That’s a lot of badass, but what can I say — Julia and Sharmadean are pretty badass ladies.

If you crack open a history book you will see that much of the domestic violence movement happened in salons. Think about it: you are surrounded by friendly, chatty women, you go to the salon more than you go to the doctor, and it takes getting pretty up close and personal to get that perfect ‘do. Street harassment is on a spectrum of violence against women. It carries many of the same traits, and many of the same solutions. So when we heard that the street harassment movement was happening in a nail shop we thought: BEAUTIFUL.

HollabackLDN is giving the “wankers” a run for their money and showing Londoners that they have the right to feel safe, confident, and sexy (for inspiration on the sexy, check out WAH-nails beautiful nail art). When the team first hatched the idea to launch HollabackLDN, Sharmadean said in a conversation with me, “2009 I launched the nail shop, 2010 is all about the girls. I want empower girls, and get them to stop being scared of themselves.” That’s exactly what they are doing, one hollaback at a time.

Check out HollabackLDN and if you live in London, contact them to see how you can get involved!

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Make the streets and subways safer, professionally.

RightRides for Women’s Safety is currently hiring for a Deputy Director position. They are seeking candidates with 2+ years experience in development and policy, with experience in social justice, community organizing and related movements. The right candidate is passionate for ending gender-based violence and also has a record of successful grant writing, coordinating coalitions, and mobilizing communities towards change. They are a small office now, but the Deputy Director will help us grow the organization and this position has ample room for growth. For more info and application instructions, click here. As an added bonus, the new Deputy Director will work with Hollaback! through our work with New Yorkers for Safe Transit!

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One Step Too Far

The campaign in Wales that brought us the amazing PSA that we posted yesterday has also put together a website and a video (above). Their message to men: “To you its nothing, but it all adds up.” Well said.

Country by country, campaign by campaign, the world is working together to end street harassment. You’re a part of it, we’re a part of it, and together we’re creating a world we can only imagine.

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Anti-violence campaign targets abusive attitudes

BBC – June 2, 2010 A campaign across Wales to combat violence against women is challenging men to abandon any demeaning attitudes they hold.

A TV advert shows “abusive” behaviour towards a woman, including being leered at and enduring sexist comments.

Social Justice Minister Carl Sargeant said while that could seem harmless to men, women can feel threatened.

Welsh Women’s Aid said tackling “widespread social attitudes” was crucial.

The advert shows a gang of men in a van sounding their horn and gesturing at the woman in the street, a male office colleague ogling her, and two strangers in a bar making suggestive remarks as she passes.

The video ends with her being followed down a dark street by another man, with the headline One Step Too Far.

It then asks: “To you it’s nothing, but it all adds up. Where does ‘harmless’ end and ‘abusive’ begin?”

The Welsh Assembly Government said the campaign aimed to “stamp out unacceptable attitudes and behaviour towards women before it leads to more violent forms of abuse”.

It said it did this by highlighting “how seemingly innocent actions may be a step too far and lead to women feeling unsafe”.

Click here to read the full BBC article and watch the video campaign.

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"The Last Word" by Maureen K. Doll screens at Tishman Auditorium

Little else is as sweet and satisfying as holla’ing back or attending free film screenings. So do both on Thursday and call it a night.

“Hey, baby.” “How’s it going, puss?” Though women have made enormous progress in public and private domains, the street represents a final frontier, a space where women are routinely hollered after, harassed, and humiliated. The Last Word is an unflinching look at public harassment from the perspective of women who know.

Come mingle with HollaBack staffers, filmmakers, revolutionaries, and other straphangers on Thursday, June 3, for an evening of five free short film screenings at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium. Admission is free and no reservations are required.

Tishman Auditorium
66 W. 12th St. (at 5th Ave.)
7:00-9:00pm

For more information or to see the festival’s full lineup, holla here.

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Why I Hollaback: Talia’s Story

This is the twelfth video in the “Why I Hollaback” series. “Why I Hollaback” tells the story of how and why folks decide to take the leap, speak up, and start Holla’ing back. We will release a new story every Monday and accept submissions from all over the world. So tell us your story — Why do you Hollaback?

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THIS is what a movement looks like.

Well folks. I’m sorry. It’s a sad day….for turds everywhere!

WE DID IT! WE DID IT! WE DID IT!

YOU did it!! YOU donated, YOU thought about donating, YOU wanted to donate, YOU told your friends, YOU blasted your networks, YOU blogged about it, YOU stood up and said NO, I won’t sit idly by anymore, YES it is time for some change, YES I WANT TO HELP. So congratulations for supporting this kick-ass, international MOVEMENT. You just made history! And it’s not over yet. This is just the beginning. So hollaback and let us know how you want to keep helping!

And most importantly, THANK YOU. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Today is a good day. Music, credits, victory dance, and CELEBRATE.

Final Score: Humans $13,375; Animals ZERO

HOLLA!

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Only one more day to go!

Today is the last day of our campaign! If you haven’t donated yet, do it now. We’ve got $1700 to raise and only one more day to do it! If we don’t raise the remaining $1700, we don’t get any of the $10,800 that we’ve raised from over 299 visionaries. Check out the preliminary photos of the app we released yesterday.

Tell your friends and family about this: email, facebook, and twitter the link to our campaign to let them know you believe a world without street harassment is possible, one hollaback at a time. Also, If you’ve already donated, consider increasing your donation. If everyone who has already donated increased their donation by $6, we would be there.

You have the power to end street harassment.
Do it!

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Why I Hollaback: Jamie’s Story

This is the eleventh video in the “Why I Hollaback” series. “Why I Hollaback” tells the story of how and why folks decide to take the leap, speak up, and start Holla’ing back. We will release a new story every Monday and accept submissions from all over the world. So tell us your story — Why do you Hollaback?

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