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31 Days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Korea

It’s the 16th day of our 31 days of HOLLA and today we’re highlighting yet another newly launched site, Hollaback! Korea!

Team Hollaback! Korea just launched this December with a strong team of site leaders challenging street harassment in Korea! The team organized their launch party this December 14th and had a huge turnout!

Great job Hollaback! Korea! To support Hollaback! Korea and share your story, visit http://korea.ihollaback.org/

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31 Days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Hamilton

On the 14th day of HOLLA, the spotlight is on team Hollaback! Hamilton!

Hollaback! Hamilton launched this year – and what a year it’s been! Since their launch, they’ve had their first chalk walk, spoke at the Hamilton leadership summit on women and political activism, spoke at McMaster University’s Take Back the Night, and created supportive anti-street harassment cards for all you amazing bystanders out there.

We can’t wait to see what the next year brings for team Hollaback! Hamilton! Show them your support and share your story at http://hamiltonont.ihollaback.org/

 

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31 Days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Italy

On the 13th day of our 31 days of HOLLA campaign, we’re highlighting the work of Hollaback! Italy!

This year alone, Hollaback! Italy has doubled in size, adding on three awesome volunteers (welcome to the team!). They’ve held two chalk walks in Milan and pushed the public transportation agency to create anti-harassment campaigns on buses and the metro.

Way to go team Hollaback! Italy! Show them some support and share your story at http://italia.ihollaback.org/

 

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31 Days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Brussels

On the 12th day of HOLLA, the spotlight is on the amazing team Hollaback! Brussels.

The team writes,
“Hollaback! Brussels is thankful that so many voices have spoken through our site in 2013. We have loved getting creative in Brussels and have been so inspired by the people we have met during our Share the Streets, Chalk Walk, numerous debates, speaking at the parliament, having conversations on intersectionality, new partners, rallies and new adventures!”

Way to go Hollaback! Brussels! Send them your support at http://brussels.ihollaback.org/

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31 days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Alberta

It’s the 11th day of HOLLA and today we are thankful for the amazing work of team Hollaback! Alberta.

2013 has been an incredibly successful year for the team. Notably, Hollaback! Alberta was interviewed on CTV primetime this November. Watch Lauren and Renee do the movement proud here: http://www.albertaprimetime.com/Stories.aspx?pd=5830

Show Hollaback! Alberta your support at http://alberta.ihollaback.org/ and donate to Hollaback!’s site leader training today.

 

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Press Release: Hollaback! Responds to Limbaugh’s “Human Nature” Comments

RUSH LIMBAUGH CALLS SEXUAL HARASSMENT “HUMAN NATURE” AND TELLS WOMEN “WILL YOU PLEASE TELL YOUR BREASTS TO STOP STARING AT MY EYES?”

Hollaback! launches a petition to demand an apology for Rush’s latest attack on women.

[BROOKLYN, NY] On his show yesterday Rush Limbaugh dismissed a new study on street harassment and objectification by stating, “[Liberals] just despise basic human nature.” He then suggested that men should “walk up to the woman and say, ‘Will you please ask your breasts to stop staring at my eyes?'” Hollaback! has launched a petition on change.org to demand a public apology.

Street harassment is the most common form of gender-based violence globally. Long-term impacts include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder. At ihollaback.org, victims report missing school, changing jobs or moving homes to avoid exposure.

“Street harassment isn’t ‘human nature,’ it’s a form of violence. Rush’s grim view of “human nature” ignores the many good men who are out there — supporting women, respecting women, and working alongside women to build a world where everyone has the right to feel safe and confident,” said Executive Director Emily May. Hollaback! was co-founded by three men and four women in 2005, and men remain an active part of the movement.

A link to the petition demanding that Rush Limbaugh publicly apologize can be found here: http://chn.ge/19zu8oe.

About Hollaback! : Hollaback! is a worldwide movement dedicated to ending street harassment using mobile technology.  By collecting women and LGBTQ folks’ stories and pictures in a safe and shareable way with our mobile phone applications, Hollaback! is creating a crowd-sourced initiative to end street harassment. Hollaback! breaks the silence that has perpetrated sexual violence internationally, asserts that any and all gender-based violence is unacceptable, and creates a world where we have an option—and, more importantly—a response.  Find out more at ihollaback.org.

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Week In Our Shoes: Welcome New Sites!

Hello Hollabackers!

 

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This week Hollaback! was featured by CBS Pittsburgh, The Korean Foreigner, Ottawa Citizen and 90.5 WESA (twice in one week);

Hollaback! launched 14 new sites! Congratulations to the new members of the HB family, be sure to check them out:

Austin, TX, USA, Bengaluru, India, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC, USA, Guyana, Houston, TX, USA, Iran, Korea, Mumbai, India, Muncie, IN,USA, Niagara, Ontario, Canada, Pittsburgh, PA, USA , Tucson, AZ, USA, University of London Union, UK , Vancouver, BC, Canada. Welcome!! Welcome !! Welcome!!

 

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

Hollaback! Gent organized a workshop on Feminism and Self Confidence as a birthday celebration. Happy Birthday, HBGent!

Hollaback! West Yorkshire held a workshop at Bradford college in collaboration with victim support, Bradford Women’s Forum & the college.

Hollaback! Ottawa has been calling out City Hall for their blatant covering-up of assaults on transit.

Hollaback! Brussels gave a talk on “Violence against Lesbians: On the intersection between sexist and lesbophobic violence” at LFestival Brussels. They also held their Hollaback! Offline N°4 event, the 4th event of the series and represented HB along with Gent at the “March of Silence,” a March calling for an end to rape culture organized by Flemish Women’s Lobby for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Hollaback! Halifax rightfully called out politician for careless behaviour and invited locals to contact his office and suggest resources for him to educate himself about race in local & global contexts.

Hollaback! Pittsburgh launched with 50 folks at their launch party (photo from the event featured above) and has been getting great coverage on radio!

The movement is growing everyday!

HOLLA and out!

-The Hollaback! Team

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Week In Our Shoes: Collaboration Edition

Hello Hollabackers!

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This week Hollaback! was featured by Northwest Feminists, Minnesota Women’s Press, Safe Magazine, Lip Magazine, Think Progress, and PolicyMic.

 

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

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has been busy consulting across the sites on safer spaces and workshops for high school audiences this week. They also received a package of 100 of Hollaback: Red, Yellow, Blue – HollabackPHILLY’s Anti-Street Harassment Comic Book and are preparing to give them away strategically to get some great conversations started!

Hollaback! Polska took action in a protest against the national TV program broadcasted on Polish National Television (TVP) this week. “Action Movie,” a program following a range of police activities throughout a night shift clearly overstepped  boundaries by featuring an attempted rape victim – completely in shock, testifying to the police that she just wants to go home and forget the event. The program neglected to protect her identity to an appropriate amount. Due to this, the following day 1500 signatures were collected, petitioning TVP to take responsibility for their actions. TVP made a non-apology on Wednesday, which was received non-well. HB!Polska collaborated with the individual who started the petition to make another petition demanding a sincere apology and asking institutions responsible for human rights and equality in Poland, in the Polish police, as well as institutions responsible for ethics on media to take immediate action. HB! Polska has also written an official letter signed by NGOs working for equality and against gender-biased violence to TVP. Good luck!!

Hollaback! Twin Cities Site Director was profiled in the Minnesota Women’s Press, discussing street harassment and the Hollaback! movement.

Hollaback! Czech Republic’s Gail Whitmore was interviewed this week on the Czech standard of adhering to gender by segregating toy stores into pink and blue.

Hollaback! Chennai completed it’s adaptation of HB!Baltimore’s Safer Spaces campaign!

 

Keep up the good work HOLLAs! 

HOLLA and out!

-The Hollaback! Team

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Week In Our Shoes: Wins Edition!

Hello Hollabackers!

WP_20131114_009In the past week Hollaback! was featured by New York Observer, Stop Street Harassment, Impower You, Vitamin W, She Finds, Huffington Post, Jezebel, Yahoo, Daily Collegian, PR Daily, NewsFix, CTV Primetime, The Loop, AOL online, Total Beauty, Feminist Wednesday and The Prospect, who wrote a great piece on the normalization, embarrassment, confusion and reporting complications of public harassment.

Hollaback! started a petition requesting Burt’s Bees change its crudely written labeling. The change.org petition reached  2,000 signatures in only a few days and became a story noted across the blogosphere. We won! Burt’s Bees and Gud eventually offered a sincere apology for their offensive marketing and agreed to no longer put such offensive language on future products. Check out the storify here!

 

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

Hollaback! Boston hosted their last Take Back The Bar event of the year and had a great turnout. They facilitated a workshop at the New England Women’s Center Conference about how story sharing contributes to the creation of safer spaces. They’re also hosting workshops at two colleges this week: Emerson College last night (Emerson also hosted a HB-themed photoshoot this weekend) and at Tufts University.

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio  delivered four lessons to the 8th graders at Vinton Middle School in McArthur Ohio. HB!AO was featured on Athens Community Television. Devin and Sarah were invited onto an interview show where they spoke on the Sexual Assault Prevention Program, Hollaback Appalachian Ohio!, the 4 D’s of self defense and Athens Rock Camp for Girls. It’s an hour long, and in two segments, the interview is available on YouTube, as well as being aired EVERY DAY for two weeks starting on Nov 30!

Hollaback! Ottawa held its Cosplay =/= Consent event!

Hollaback Melbourne held a free self defense workshop!

Hollaback Belfast   was featured in The Tab and represented at the Outburst Arts Queer Arts Festival. On Sunday, Helen Mcbride of HB!B spoke on a panel discussion about activism following a showing of the movie Lesbiana. As a part of the festival, the team also published a zine!

Hollaback! Alberta was featured on CTV’s Alberta Primetime, who hosted an interview with Lauren and Renee on street harassment.

 Hollaback! Bosnia & Herzegovina also had an amazing win this week with the first case of street harassment properly reported to police and processed in a court room! A huge step for Sarajevo city!

 

Congratulations, everyone! Great Work!

HOLLA and out!

-The Hollaback! Team

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Weeks In Our Shoes: Double-Load Edition

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In the past two weeks Hollaback! was featured by Studio B / WOUB,  Athens News, Whyy/ News Works , NBC Philadelphia, The Prospect, Think Progress, Calcasa,  Omaha Free Press, Parker Country Active Democrats, Feministing , Philadelphia City Paper, Feminist Majority Foundation , Ms. Magazine, Blast Bombshell , Time Out NY, Finding My Feminist Voice, Ashleigh not Ashley, PolicyMic, The Resource, Boston.com, and The Huffington Post!

Hollaback! got some badass research done pro bono on college campus harassment in the United States. Julie, our Hollaback! Berlin site leader, stopped by to visit the mothership after presenting at a conference in Ithaca. Maria Lujan Tubio was invited to talk about Hollaback! as an example of successful net-activism at a conference on Net-Activism in Sao Paulo, Brazil – 3 people approached her after the talk interested in starting a Hollaback chapter in Sao Paulo and doing research on street harassment in a Latin American context at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. We met with community partners at Girls for Gender Equity this week, as well as Tatyana Fazlalizadeh about collaborating more during PRIDE in June.  We’ve also began our search for Spring 2014 interns as we get ready for our class 9 launch on December 3rd. Our biggest class yet! Woot!

Hollaback! ED, Emily May, spoke on the Real Safety: Domestic Violence Conference, keynoted an event with Hollaback!’s pro-bono legal researchers “trust law”, and was honored at the Healing Center of NY’s Annual Gala. Emily also held a dinner for Hollback’s Board of Directors.

Deputy Director, Debjani Roy, did two trainings at “Futures Without Violence’s Summit” speak up to take rape culture down” at Harvard University.

We’ve also started a petition  as well as publishing a press release against Burt’s Bees for their careless endorsement of cat-calling.  Definitely more to come on that subject.

 

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

 

Hollaback! Philly was interviewed for WHYY radio and blog (Philly’s local NPR station) and by their local NBC news team! They also held the 2nd ever City Council hearing on street harassment in the US! The hearing seemed to be a successful, highlighting a moment “when a councilman said ‘It’s really all about power, isn’t it?’” Check out the testimony and survey results here!

Hollaback! Ghent  spoke on Thursday in Kortrijk, Belgium for an evening about sexism in the streets. HB! Ghent and  Hollaback! Brussels  represented HB! together on  National Women’s Day, 11 November in a day event called STERE-OH!-TIEP, meetings with feminist organizations.  Quentin of Hollaback! Brussels also represented HB on November 11 in a debate on street harassment and sexism. The debate was organized by the City Council of Brussels and the department for Equal Opportunities, for the occasion of International Women’s Day. It’s a debate with the Mayor of Brussels, The Department of Equal Opportunities, Garance asbl (a  partner of HB Brussels) and Hollaback. It’s included in a day of events centered on women called “Brussels Celebrates the Women.”

Hollaback! Istanbul’s client (represented by their group’s lawyer)  brought their case of harassment to first degree court. The judge ordered 1 year and 8 months prison sentence to the harasser who harassed the client on a public bus.

Hollaback! Boston hosted a very successful HOLLAween party sponsored by local business and  Brandie Skorker represented at RI Comic Con!

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio  completed their first safer spaces training and have started advertising Donkey Coffee as their first safer space!

Hollaback! Ottawa was asked to comment on the latest news that two womyn were sexually assaulted by two separate cab drivers. Site leader, Julie Lalonde was featured in one interview on the subject and got a nice Hollaback! shout out in the second. The Ottawa Police Service also responded to HB!Ottawa’s “Open letter to women in Ottawa,” inviting them to a facilitated discussion on violence against women in their city!

Hollaback! Hamilton is working with McMaster University through a few professors that have been interested in the work of Hollaback and would like their students to gain some experiential education opportunities through working with Hollaback!

Hollback! Halifax represented at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and leader, Rebecca Faria, performed her amazing original anti-harassment themed poem as well as gained some possible partnerships in the Canadian cities of Waterloo, Guelph, and London.

Hollaback! Czech  represented at Mezipatra – Czech Queer Film Festival!

Hollaback! Berlin  was featured on the Worms, Germany official website!

It’s pretty clear why we post these updates weekly, amazing work everyone!!!!

HOLLA and out!

-The Hollaback! Team

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