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Week In Our Shoes: Welcome New Sites!

Hello Hollabackers!

 

HB Pittsburgh Launch

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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31 days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Ottawa

On the seventh day of our 31 days of HOLLA, we’re heading up north and sending a big thank you to Hollaback! Ottawa.

This year, Hollaback Ottawa started a city-wide conversation about street harassment, pushed public transit to address harassment & successfully pulled off the first research report on levels of harassment in the city. Amazing!

Show Hollaback! Ottawa some serious support at ottawa.ihollaback.org and donate to our site leader training today!

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31 days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Czech!

It’s the sixth day of our 31 days of HOLLA!  Join us in giving a big thank you to team Hollaback! Czech!

In addition to being active during Prague Pride for the third year in a row, Ozvi se! / HollaBack! Czech is especially proud of being instrumental in bringing One Billion Rising to the Czech Republic. After its initial campaign in Prague, four other Czech cities chose to rise on February 14, 2013. Now on to 2014!

Way to go team!  We can’t wait to see what Hollaback! Czech has planned for the new year.  Show them your support at czech.ihollaback.org and donate to our site leader training today!

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31 Days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Poland!

On the fifth day of our 31 days of HOLLA, the spotlight is on Hollaback! Poland.

This year, Hollaback! Poland organized a protest against an Internet portal that promoted street harassment and videos of women taken without consent.

Team Hollaback! Poland TOOK ACTION!  They wrote an open letter to the editors and managers of the website, with 900 people adding their names in support! The website took down the videos and issued an apology.

Go Hollaback! Poland! Show them some support at polksa.ihollaback.org

 

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31 days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Fredericksburg

On the fourth day of our 31 days of HOLLA campaign, we’re highlighting the amazing work of team Hollaback! Fredericksburg.

This year alone, Hollaback! Fredericksburg has co-hosted two film screenings of “Half the Sky” with a local teen group (GIRL: Girls in Real Life), featuring a panel of badass individuals who work in local rape crisis, dv, and youth empowerment organizations to discuss gender based violence and the impact on our own community.

During International Anti-Street Harassment Week, Hollaback! Fredericksburg organized an Anti-Slut Shaming/ Anti-Style Shaming photo campaign.  They participated in their local universities, and Kana participated in the first HOLLA::Revolution to discuss gender violence interventions within music therapy.

Go Hollaback! Fredericksburg!

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31 days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Chennai

On the third day of our 31 days of HOLLA, join us in sending a big thank you to the team of Hollaback! Chennai!

Hollaback! Chennai has had an amazing year.  Their highlight for 2013 was the ‘Hollaback! Fridays‘ event series at Distil, a local nightspot, which featured local women-fronted bands over five weeks. The management at Distil distributed Hollaback! Chennai’s handouts on street harassment with every bill, and donated a part of their proceeds to the group.

Other highlights include the workshops they conducted on street harassment at local colleges as part of Hollaback! Chennai’s public education initiative, and reaching out to new audiences by speaking to students (both men and women of all ages) at the Alliance Française de Madras, a French language institute.

In addition, Hollaback! Chennai kicked off their ‘Safer Spaces’ campaign (inspired by Hollaback! Baltimore’s amazing work) just last week, through which they’ve called on local businesses to pledge zero tolerance to sexual harassment on their premises.  As of today, they’ve had two businesses join then, and they’re just getting started.

As a result of their expanded efforts, they’ve received a fair amount of press coverage in Chennai this year. Finally, the Hollaback! Chennai team asked people wherever they went to complete the sentence ‘I Hollaback! because…’ in their own words.  The team posted photos of their responses on their website and Facebook page.

Send Hollaback! Chennai your support on their page at chennai.ihollaback.org

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31 days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Baltimore

On the second day of our 31 days of HOLLA, the spotlight is on Hollaback! Baltimore!

This year, Hollaback! Baltimore launched their “Safer Spaces” campaign. Partnering directly with music venues, cafes, bars, and more, they worked together to provide training and street-harassment free environments in their city.

Find out more about HB Baltimore’s Safer Spaces Campaign on their site at bmore.ihollaback.org!

 

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31 days of HOLLA

This December, Hollaback! is honoring our site leaders with the 31 days of HOLLA. Each day of the month, we’ll highlight the work of one of our amazing sites around the world.

Who’s our HOLLAhero for December 1st? Hollaback! Dublin!

In Hollaback! Dublin’s first year they’ve blown us away: marching in Dublin Pride, traveling to NYC for HOLLA::Revolution, generating major national and regional press, and celebrating their first birthday! Send them some love at dublin.ihollaback.org!

 

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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:

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio 

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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