HOLLAWho? Meet Israel.

Meet Talya of Hollaback! Israel. Talya

Interview conducted by Chloe Safier

When did you start your holla?
Our holla started 3 years ago.

Why did start a HOLLA and what does Hollaback mean to you?
After a young woman was harassed on the street to the point she was knocked over and physically hurt, she was looking for support on the internet, but did not find anything for the Israeli, Hebrew-speaking audience. This young woman is the founder of Hollaback!Israel and an active co-editor to this day.

HOLLAfact about your city:
Israel being such a small country, our hollback site does not represent a single city in Israel, but all them. In the past 3 years we have published nearly 400 holla’s.

Say you’re Queen for the day. What would you do to end street harassment?
Hand out water-sprinklers to women on bus stations. If they were to be harassed, they can spray water on their harasser, hopefully cooling their heads down.

What was your first experience with street harassment?
When I was about 19, I used to walk past a coffee shop every day in my army uniform, on my way to the bus station. And every day, the regular customer sitting there would call at me in a sing-song voice: “Hey soldier girl!” It took me time to notice I walk a tiny bit faster every time I come near this coffee shop. It took me time to realize I’m bothered by this, and that it’s was not ok. I never answered back; maybe if a Hollaback! site existed at the time, I would have had the awareness and the guts to shut him up.

What’s your signature Hollaback?
Lucky for me, I don’t get harassed so often that I have to equip myself with a “signature hollaback”. But to be frank, I’m not sure such thing exists.

My superheroine power is…
From a young age, I have taken part in fields mostly related to boys – I was one of the only girls in advanced math classes. I have been one of the only women in Math and Computer science degree – both B.Sc and M.Sc.. I was the one of the only women-programmers in the companies I’ve worked for (and for about a year, the only one). Though I have to prove myself each and every single day, it is my small share in showing that “girls can, too”. This is my superpower.

What is your proudest holla moment so far?
I was dancing in a party when a complete stranger suddenly approached me and gave me a kiss on the lips. I was in complete shock – we did not even share eye contact prior to that. I acted on an instinct, and punched him straight in the face. I am not saying that violence is a good answer, but in that moment I was proud in knowing that (A) I have explicitly expressed my discontent publicly and (B) I made him feel shocked and embarrassed, much like he did to me. Ahh, sweet revenge

What do you do when your not holla’ng?
I am a product manager for a hi-tech company, but my “keep me sane” hobby is drawing.

If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Be rational; base your actions and reactions on rational thinking.

What inspires you?
As a feminist, I’m inspired by feminists groups on Facebook, by blog writers, and by my co-editors on the hollaback site.

In the year 2020, street harassment…
Will not end. But people, men and women, will have much more awareness to it than nowadays, and will therefore be equipped with much more tools to avoid, confront and shame street harassers.

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Today is One Billion Rising!


We at Hollaback! are proudly partnered with One Billion Rising, the global campaign to end violence against women! Join our site leaders as they take to the streets around the world:

Hollaback Des Moines, IA, USA. Site leaders Becca Lee and Alysa Mozak are coordinating a flash mob and community booth with their partners at Drake University, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and Kees Camp Fitness Studio.

Hollaback Gent, Belgium. Site leader Eglantine Henderick is coordinating a flash mob, dance workshop, and afterparty w/ performances, DJ sets, exhibitions and an auction in partnership with One Billion Rising Ghent.

Hollaback Czech. Site leader Gail Whitmore is coordinating a photo project where they will gather on the steps of the National Museum on Wenceslas Square and silently rise. Gail will speak and her co-organizer will recite Eve’s new piece. They are working in coalition with One Billion Rising Prague, which includes members Ozvi se! / HollaBack! Czech, V-Day Prague International Voice, Czech Women’s Lobby, and proFem.

Hollaback Brussels. Site leaders Ingrid, Anna, Julie, and Angelika are coordinating a “Circle of Women and Those that Love Them,” outside on the street where they will share ideas on what a world in which we rise looks like. The event will be followed by a short ‘chalk-walk’ where attendees, armed with chalk, will make clear that a world without street harassment is not OK!.They will end the walk at Central Station in Brussels, where live music will play and together, they will dance.  The event will be supported by Slutwalk Belgium.

Hollaback Baltimore, MD, USA.  Site leader Shawna Potter is tabling at the One Billion Rising Reception after a performance of the Vagina Monologues at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Hollaback Richmond, VA, USA. Site leader Jenn Chicapea Gallienne is coordinating a march and holding a benefit at a local lesbian bar. They are working in partnership with One Billion Rising RVA.

Hollaback Italia. Site leader Chiara De Serviis is coordinating a flash mob in Milan city centre together with other women’s organizations, including One Billion Rising Milan.

Hollaback Sheffield, UK. Site leaders Kate Blamire and Maria Cansella are helping out with One Billion Rising in Sheffield UK, and doing a  reading of ‘True’ at the Sheffield One Billion Rising performance of ‘A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer.'”

Hollaback Dresden, Germany. The team is coordinating a public dance in coordination with One Billion Rising Dresden.

Hollaback Victoria, Canada.The team is meeting in Bastion Square for dancing and music and will be dancing their way to Library Square in coordination with their partners: One Billion Rising Victoria, Sexual Assault Centre, and Women’s Transition House and Island Sexual Health.

Hollaback Chandigarh, India. The team is hosting a panel and a self-defense workshop from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the auditorium of Government Museum and Art Gallery. The second part of the event includes street-play and dances from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

Hollaback San Francisco, CA, USA.  The team is coordinating a flash mob Prayerdance at the Civic Center Demonstration from 5 to 6pm. Then, Beyond Borders: The Official V-Day Flash Mob After Party in San Francisco will be taking place at El Rio at 6:30.  They are working with partners El Rio, One Billion Rising SF, Code Pink, NOW SF, Global exchange, NCLRights, Amnesty International, APIQWTC, QWOCMAP, Hollaback! SF, CSC, Fabulosa, Mango, and SFDK.

Join us, as we celebrate globally!

-The Hollaback Team



Meet Sarah Khan, NYU Sarah Khan hollabacker and advocate fighting street harassment around New York City.

Interview conducted by Krista Bedosky

1. Why did you start a HOLLA and what does Hollaback mean to you?

Women deal with street harassment daily here in NYC, yet we don’t openly acknowledge or discuss it. Hollaback is a chance to empower women and bring them together to talk about their experiences.

2. What was your first experience with street harassment?

When I was 11 I used to walk around my neighborhood with a best friend and we would get honked, leered, and yelled at by men as old as 50 all of the time. It’s a quiet suburb with no sidewalks, so there would be no one else around to stand up for us. It was the first time I connected being female with being in danger.

3. What’s your signature Hollaback?

I keep steady, aggressive eye contact instead of looking scared or pretending like it isn’t happening. It’s the one thing I’ve done that actually works.

4. If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be?

Don’t worry too much about other people’s advice.

5. What inspires you?

I’m inspired by anyone who struggles to do something despite his or her fears.

6. In the year 2020, street harassment…

will be recognized as a widespread issue that many women face every day.

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Hollaback! Baltimore Interviews

Interview conducted by Rita Pasarell 



Here’s what Shawna and Melanie of Hollaback! Baltimore had to say about their city, being queen for a day, and how they HOLLA:

When did you start your HOLLA?

Shawna: February of 2011…
Melanie: … and I joined in May 2012.

Why did you start a HOLLA and what does Hollaback mean to you?

S: I wanted to do more. It was a perfect time in my life to connect with Hollaback! because I was living outside the city, had a boring job and my band at the time was inactive. I needed to get involved and do something that mattered.

M: To me, Hollaback means standing up for yourself and others like you by letting harassers know that just because their crimes are socially silenced and ignored, doesn’t mean we, the ones affected, are just gonna take their bullshit.

HOLLAfact about your city: 



S: We’re about to win the Superbowl! Hahaha [editor’s note: Shawna correctly predicted the future. Don’t mess with her.]
Say you’re Queen for the day. What would you do to end street harassment?
S: Unfortunately in our society there is no “equal to the crime” level of punishment. I would suggest a “if you haven’t got anything nice to say” strategy, whereby anyone who leers would lose their ability to see for an hour. Say something vulgar? No talking for you for a while. Dare to follow or touch a stranger inappropriately and we’re not going to let you use your hands for evil while in public.

M: I would gather all men and boys of Baltimore into a giant room and tell them stories that hopefully put them in women & LGBT folks’ shoes so they finally GET it! And since I’m queen, they totally will.

What was your first experience with street harassment?

S: I can’t recall the actual first time, but that probably speaks to how young I was when it occurred. I’m sure at the time I didn’t have the language, knowledge, or self-confidence to name it as street harassment, but I do have one clear memory as a 16 year old. I was filling up my gas tank, a new driver, and a man who was obviously too old for any contact between us to be appropriate whistled, leered at me and said something about giving me a ride. Gross euphemism intended, ugh.

M: I cannot even remember. I do remember feeling icky and self-conscious in public by my last year in middle school. By the time I was in college, street harassment was just another shitty thing that happened a lot. I remember every morning in college being terrified and angry at this one man who would sit on a bench outside my apartment complex and whistle, wink, wave, nod and stare me down on my walk to class.

What’s your signature Hollaback?

S: “Fuck you”

M: Depends. I’d love to yell and shout at them, but honestly I am scared at what will happen if I do, so I usually ignore them. Then I post my story on Hollaback.
What is your proudest holla moment so far?
S: Last year we did some mud-stenciling at the Inner Harbor (a very high traffic area) and we had so many women come up and tell us how wonderful it is that someone like us is out in Baltimore trying to do something about street harassment. Basically, they were happy that they were not alone, that our existence validated all their experiences with street harassment. That connection to the community always feels amazing.

M: When I did my first two hollaback in-person meetings at a cafe in the city, I had no idea if anyone was going to show up at all, but each time I had at least 2 or 3 people that I didn’t know come and engage in really wonderful conversation about activism, street harassment and all of that great stuff. I was so proud that I found even just a few new hollaback allies!

What do you do when you’re not holla’ing?

S: I yell for War On Women, a feminist punk band, and I help run Big Crunch Amp & Guitar Repair with my partner in crime and life.

M: I’m a Safehouse Advocate in a DV shelter.

If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
S: In the words of Bill and Ted, “be excellent to each other”.

What are you excited about in 2013?

S: Touring with my band in western Europe this April and trying to meet up with my fellow Hollabackers on their home turf!

M: Bmore’s 2 yr old birthday bash in February!

What inspires you?

S: Every hollaback, every male ally, and all my fellow site leaders around the world. And wine and chocolate.

M: Activist movements like Act Up and Occupy (and a zillion others). It’s comforting to know that everything doesn’t happen overnight, but sometimes the change we create just takes us a while to recognize for ourselves. It’s also hard to not burn out when you’re so fired up and emotionally connected to a cause, but these other movements were not perfect, they had both their strengths and weaknesses while still making a huge difference in the world. That’s a relief for me when I am super frustrated and feeling like I’m just not doing enough.

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Hollaback! Boston Interviews

Interview conducted by Chloe Safier

Boston Team


In the photo from left to right: Britni Clark, Kate Ziegler, Angela Della Porta, Devon Audie, Jane Carper.

When did you start your holla?

Devon: After a summer and fall full of planning and Hollaback! webinars, Hollaback! Boston launched in December, 2011.

Why did you start a HOLLA and what does Hollaback mean to you?

Britni: I wanted to start a HOLLA because I couldn’t believe that Boston, a big city with busy public transportation, didn’t have one. I knew that if I experienced a lot of harassment on a daily basis that chances were that other women did, too. Hollaback means that I don’t have to take it and that we can start to change this pervasive idea that receiving street harassment is just this thing that you have to deal with when you’re female and in public spaces. It means that I have the power to help change the conversation.

Jane: For personal reasons, I started Hollaback! Boston to create a space where I could fight against harassment with likeminded individuals who know what it is like to be unsafe publically in one’s own body. To me, to hollaback means to take back a slice of power in a situation of imbalanced power. Even if the individual feels that their holla didn’t have an impact, on a larger scale, every individual holla makes the movement stronger.

Angela: Hollaback not only meant being part of a movement to make Boston and other cities safer, but it was a tool through which I could let other women, LGB & T* folks, and straight male bystanders know that they do have a way to fight back against this constant harassment, and I didn’t even have a complete dictionary of language to convey that before Hollaback.

Devon: I joined the start up team after Jane reached out and was asking if others she knew would like to help her fight street harassment in a more organized way. To be honest, the concept of it was novel to me at the time because I had always just lived with street harassment and had thought it was something I had to learn to “live with” so joining Hollaback! was an amazing wake up call!

Kate: I was no stranger to street harassment, but had grown to accept it mostly as an unfortunate fact of life. I found myself particularly upset about catcalls I received while running – not at my best, not sexy, just sweaty and smelly. Maybe it was the extra time I had as I ran to work myself up over harassment and what I wished I had said in the moment, but I began to consider the power dynamic that underlies harassment, and the irrelevance of my appearance or behavior. My being powerless to prevent harassment really began to get to me, and starting Hollaback! Boston to help other victims of street harassment to realize that their experiences and sense of vulnerability are not isolated or their fault helped me to feel less powerless myself. Hollaback, to me, is all about conversations – removing shame and blame and helping others, victims, bystanders and harassers alike, to understand the context of our behaviors and the damage that the normalization of harassment can do.

HOLLAfact about your city:

Britni: That Boston is awesome? Oh, you mean something you didn’t already know?

Jane: Our public transit buses (and trains) still run during snow storms. Isn’t that awesome? (Well, until 1am. We have a bedtime.)

Angela: Like everywhere in New England, temperatures in Boston can range from -30 degrees to 110 degrees; no matter what the temperature, what women are wearing, or how covered up they are, streets harassment never cools down.

Devon: Well, even though Boston is awesome, we still experience lots of street harassment, just like everywhere else in the world. :\

Kate: All of the Back Bay is built on landfill! At the Trinity Church in Copley Square, visitors can see the foundation and the stilts that support the building. When Boston ran out of room, they filled in part of the harbor and the Charles River (the “back bay”) to make more.

Say you’re Queen for the day.  What would you do to end street harassment?

Britni: Give all harassers the sentence of having to experience street harassment on a daily basis for a week so that they know what it feels like to live that way.

Jane: I would first pack a culmination of all of the street harassment a woman experienced over her whole life and all of the messy feelings and hurt it brought up. Then, I would place that into the mind of a harasser so he knows the exact negative chain of reactions he is causing.

Angela: Install street-harassment sensing cameras. Then, call the perpetrators in and sentence them to watching themselves harass women until they promise to never do it again, and because I’m such a benevolent queen, they stop!

Devon: I guess if I were Queen for a day then I would simply enlighten street harassers around the world of their disrespectful wrong doings, all with the wave of a wand. I’m confusing Queen with Fairy God Mother, but that’s okay.

Kate: So long as my Queen-dom includes a bit of magic, I turn patriarchal rape culture rape culture on its head for the day so that everyone can have some small sense of what years of “normal” harassment can do to change a victim’s sense of vulnerability and the ways they move through public space.

What was your first experience with street harassment?

Britni: Oh, god. I don’t even remember! But I know that I was probably flattered by it because I thought I was supposed to be. It wasn’t until I got a little older and the harassment got creepier that I started to question whether or not this was really complimentary behavior.

Jane: The first time was probably when I was a young teen, taking a city bus to school. I’m sure I was flattered because, like Britni said, I was taught to feel that way.

Angela: I honestly can’t remember. They sort of all blur together.

Devon: I wrote about my first experience with street harassment in my introduction post on the Hollaback! Boston blog.

Kate: When I was 13, a guard at the Sistine Chapel grabbed my butt as I filed through staring at the ceiling. I was embarrassed, scared and, at the same time, felt I should be flattered. I still wish I had hollered back.

What’s your signature Hollaback?

Britni: I usually just say, “Please don’t talk to me like that. It’s not okay.” But sometimes I can’t help it and I unleash some pent up anger and curse them out!


Angela: “Don’t speak to me like that. Don’t speak to women like that.”

Devon: I stick with firm, closed-ended responses like, “Don’t talk to me like that.” Or, “Don’t harass women.”

Kate: On foot, a simple, “…eew,” combined with a general appearance of disgust and dismissal. By bike, a very loud “respect women!” If I’ve been running for anything over 10 miles, I’m not very polite, nor quotable.

Define your style:

Britni: Quirky, colorful, sparkly. Super feminine, manic pixie dream girl-esque. Like Punky Brewster fell in a pit of sequins and glitter.

Jane: Lots of fall colors… at all times of the year. A mix of thrifted clothes and Target essentials. Comfortable shoes!

Angela: Some combination of really basic, boring things, jeans, giant glasses, and various animal prints and pink items mixed in.

Devon: I’ve been trying to become more “””professional””” so I’ve felt pretty boring lately.

Kate: Pearls meets Pennsylvania Dutch. Classic Boston with a contemporary art habit.

My superheroine power is…

Britni: Confidence and a big mouth!

Jane: Intersecting social issues so I can see the multiple entry points of a problem. Then lots of talking and brainstorming action steps to cultivate change!

Angela: A super ability to turn from “beautiful” or “cute” to a “bitch” to harassers in the blink of an eye!

Kate: Penmanship

What is your proudest holla moment so far?

Britni: When we got our first submission.

Jane: When our picture and start-up story was in the Metro!

Angela: When I was explaining Hollaback! to an older woman with whom I was interviewing, she told me she never thought about street harassment, it was always just the way it was, and she’s glad someone is finally trying to make a difference. Honestly, every time it clicks for someone, I’m proud again.

Devon: I’m just proud of every single person we reach on Facebook, the blog, twitter, etc. I’m proud that we are able to make a difference in people’s lives, even if it’s slight, and to help them realize they’re not alone when dealing with street harassment.

Kate: While chalking anti-harassment taglines around Boston one morning last summer, an older woman stopped to watch our progress. We finished a, “Hey Baby is no way to say hello!” and she approached to tell us how glad she was that we were out, explaining that she still can’t believe that at her age, men still harass her, and in fact had just that morning a few blocks away. Our conversation wasn’t a particularly happy one, but the connection made a big impression on me and I look back on it fondly.

What do you do when your not holla’ng?

Britni: I’m a social worker by day, spiritual gangster by night.

Jane: Finishing up my undergraduate degree at Clark University with a double-major in Psychology and Race, Class, and Gender Studies. I also watch a lot of sci-fi and TV dramas.

Angela: Finishing my last semester and graduating (class of 2013, woo!) from Clark University, working with 1 in 3’s campaign to end abortion stigma and increase access to reproductive care, social networking, and hanging out!

Devon: I’m usually busying myself with school, work, and of course Netflix.

Kate: I have a day job in Operations. On the side, I run a design firm (Union Jack Creative) with my partner, Jack. I run, and bike, and ski, and spend a lot of time nursing bruises from those things. I have a soft spot for fashion magazines, I cook often but seldom measure, and I love a good episode of Mythbusters.

If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be?

Britni: Treat others like you would want to be treated. The world is a lot nicer that way and my days are much better when I live that way.

Jane: Be kind to others, because you never know what the other person is going through.

Angela: Be confident in everything you do and everything you are.

Devon: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Kate: Take a deep breath and sleep on it.

What are you excited about in 2013?

Britni: Speaking to a women studies class at UMass Boston! Getting married.

Jane: I am excited about all of the elected women who have taken office after the last election and the impact it will have worldwide.

Angela: Graduating, Teaching in Detroit, MI (as much as I’ll miss Massachusetts!)

Devon: I’m excited about graduating and entering the Real World! And of course for all the new and exciting work Hollaback! volunteers will accomplish.

Kate: Elizabeth Warren’s election in MA, and the potential for progress everywhere!

What inspires you?

Britni: Women kicking ass. Margaret Cho.

Jane: The whole Hollaback! movement! The fact that we’re international and that women and allies across all spectrums are coming together to take a stand against gender-based violence.

Angela: Being part of something bigger.

Devon: Women in politics!

Kate: Strength, bravery and kindness.

In the year 2020, street harassment…

Britni: …will be a foreign concept to everyone and something we never ever talk about because we don’t have to.

Jane: will be a shameful embarrassment of the men who still practice it and active bystanders will tell those harassers to cut it out!

Angela: … is seen as harassment and gender-based violence, something that doesn’t “just happen.”

Devon: …will be so obviously not okay! Just like it is in the workplace!

Kate:… is just silly. Everyone moves through public space respectfully and feels safe doing so.


HOLLAWho? Meet Alberta.


This interview with Alberta’s site leader Lauren Alston was conducted by Lauren Bedosky.

1.) When did you start your HOLLA? I started working on the Alberta chapter of Hollaback in September of 2010, but Hollaback Alberta officially launched April 1st, 2011.

2.) Why did you start a HOLLA and what does Hollaback mean to you? I started a HOLLA because I was frustrated with how people were disrespected in their own communities, and targeted based on their perceived gender, sexual orientation, race, or any other identifying factors. I am frustrated that I am consistently reminded that some people view me as a sexual object and not a human being with feelings, thoughts, and complexity.

3.) HOLLAfact about your city: Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, is Canada´s Festival City, hosting over 30 festivals every year!

4.) What was your first experience with street harassment? I can’t remember which one came first but both were when I was about 12 years old: One was getting called “hey sexy” by an older boy. The other was when I was at a pool and a random man grabbed my face and told me how beautiful he thought I was, then when he leaned in to kiss my cheek, I freaked out and ran away.

5.) What’s your signature Hollaback? If the person is threatening, creepy or vulgar I will point out that what they’re doing is street harassment and that it is not appreciated, or if I don’t feel comfortable saying something I will show them a visibly disgusted face. If the person is being stupidly disrespectful (as if they think it’s a joke) I will satirically start making weird animal noises (ie: if they whistle or cat-call I’ll pretend I’m looking for their lost dog and they get the hint), or if they are using cheesy lines I declare my love for fluffy llamas/alpacas and they end up being confused or at least realize they sound equally ridiculous.

6.) What is your proudest holla moment so far? The Hollaback Alberta launch party was very successful with over 100 attendees: we featured local speakers involved in municipal government and the University of Alberta, 5 musical acts, and 7 organizations tabled. We made wonderful contacts with local organizations and non-profits and raised awareness about the initiatives of Hollaback Alberta and why street harassment is an important issue.

7.) What do you do when you’re not holla’ng? Well a lot of my time is spent in school: I’m a graduate student working on my MSc in Neuroscience. But I also enjoy drawing, writing comics for the U of A newspaper: The Gateway, checking out live music with friends, playing music with friends, and playing basketball. I would also not be where I am today if it weren’t for the support of my wonderful family and friends whom I love dearly.

8.) What are you excited about in 2013? The spread of awareness of street harassment: what it is, that it’s not okay, and that we’re not putting up with it! I’m so stoked to see more sites start up around the world, and to continue to be involved with awesome local events and organizations in Alberta!

9.) What inspires you? People who have the courage to speak out for what is right, despite the consequences.

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We are Hollaback!, an international movement to end street-harassment, and we have heard from thousands of self-respecting women for whom street harassment is a constant struggle: it is scary, it is dehumanizing, and they do not want it. We collect their stories so that their voices will not go silent: we raise their experiences into a collective HOLLABACK!

In today’s Gawker article Mayor Bloomberg was quoted saying, “I know for a fact that any self-respecting woman who walks past a construction site and doesn’t get a whistle will turn around and walk past again and again until she does get one.” This comment wrongly seeks to place responsibility for street harassment in the hands of the person being harassed. Street harassers are in control of and accountable for their own actions. Catcalling is never the “fault” of women, who, according to Bloomberg’s fantasy, demand that attention.

In addition, his words are an ugly attempt to classify a woman’s value on her ability, and willingness, to elicit sexual attention from strangers. Women, and men as well, should not feel forced to make a trade-off about ownership of their bodies in order to pass by a public space.

As the Mayor of a city with vast public spaces enjoyed by men and women alike, Bloomberg has a duty to make it clear that everyone has a right to feel safe as we go about our days in the sidewalks, streets, and subways.

Many Self-Respecting Women




Week In Our Shoes: VICE EDITION

Hello Hollabackers!–

Welcome to our weekly update! Let’s get started.

The mothership got some nice press this week — we were mentioned in this MS Magazine’s article, How Some Men Harass Women Online and What Other Men Can Do to Stop It, profiled in The Story Exchange, and interviewed for Vice Magazine! When Vice starts to care about street harassment — you know change is in the air.

And now, without further ado, our sites have had quite a week:

Hollaback! Des Moines published their very awesome 5 Things You Can Do Right Now To End Street Harassment on the Hollaback Des Moines website! They are continuing to bring in stories for their Story Drive. The goal is to collect 50 stories by March 1st, so share your story if you haven’t already! We are also very excited to announce Hollaback! Des Moines’ newest team member: welcome, Alysa Mozak to our Hollaback! family! Alysa currently works as a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and Healthy Relationship Promoter at Drake University. Very Cool.

Hollaback! Alberta did a screening this past Wednesday of the documentary The Invisible War at local theatre in Edmonton. The site posted an important lesson on the harmful effects of the improper use of the word “rape.” View the post here.

Hollaback! IstanbulHollaback! Istanbul got some big press this week. After friend of our site leader and acclaimed journalist Alyson Neel published widely-read article in the Washington Post, In Istanbul, street harassment is a constant, both Alyson Neel and our Hollaback! Istanbul Programs Director, Ezgi Cincin, were interviewed on Television! Watch them talk about the effects of street harassment HERE! (note: it’s in Turkish).

Hollaback! West Yorkshire has done a great job collecting stories this week. Read the most recent stories and posts on their site.

Hollaback! Winnipeg has a new filmmaker on board! A very warm Hollaback! welcome to Cleo! Cleo is already doing some amazing work filming for Hollaback! Winnipeg’s vlogs.

Hollaback! Philly’s site leader Rochelle Keyhan was featured in a groundbreaking 20-minute documentary titled Trigger Warning. The documentary explores the harmful effects of rape jokes and violent discourse in comedy as we have grown accustomed to it. Definitely a must-watch.

COMING SOON:  One Billion Rising is quickly approaching, and a whole bunch of incredible programs are in the works at Hollaback! sites all over the world. Get involved with you local Hollaback! site, it’s going to be the best V-Day yet.

Our  Hollaback! community is making street harassment a known issue and a paramount international conversation. THANK YOU to our incredible site leaders and supporters worldwide.  Let’s keep it going!

Holla and out–





Dear Hollabackers—

Welcome to our weekly update! First of all, we are so excited to welcome our brand new interns: Jae, our International Movement Building/Legislative Intern, Julia, our Communications Intern, and Lindsay, our Development and Research Intern! We are excited to have you three on our Hollaback! team.

Hollaback! has no doubt started this year right! We have some very exciting site updates this week:

Hollaback! Istanbul got a shout-out in the Washington Post this week! The article was titled, “In Istanbul, street harassment is a constant.”

Hollaback! Winnipeg is continuing their incredible work with the Bystander Intervention Vlog, coaching those who witness harassment on how to be an effective bystander and stop street harassment in its tracks. Check out Hollaback Winnipeg’s Jodie Layne breaking it down:

Hollaback! San Francisco’s site director, Michelle Seivers, went ON THE AIR this past Monday on 91.7 KALW “Your Call” to discuss the recent attacks on women in the Bay Area and around the world, and what Hollaback! San Francisco is doing as to fight street harassment and violence. Listen to the show here.

Hollaback! Baltimore is celebrating their second birthday Friday, February 8! They are also continuing to do great work with their survey on street harassment. Haven’t filled it out yet? Here’s the link. 

Keep up the amazing work!

HOLLA and out —


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A week in our shoes: MAKERS EDITION!

Dear Hollabackers,

2013 is off to a roaring start!

First off, a big THANK YOU to the MAKERS project for creating six awesome videos about our work. My favorites are “Pissing People Off” and “Progress.”

Second, congrats to our partners at GirlTank for releasing their first video of girl-innovators, featuring me alongside SO MANY OTHER AMAZING GIRL ACTIVISTS.

Third, I want to give special thanks to the Paley Center’s Executive Director Pat Mitchell for the shout-out in Fast Company! “Mitchell’s got a long list of other inspirational and influential examples. She reels off a set of names that ranges from teen activist Julie Bluhm (who took on Seventeen magazine’s photoshopping policies); Deanna Zandt for her Planned Parenthood Saved Me Tumblr blog; Emily May of Hollaback.” If you aren’t familiar with Deanna or Julie – check them out! They both rule.

This week, we had two Feminist Summer Camp interns on Tuesday! Erin Norskog is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies. She enjoys reading, cooking, and working with clay as a ceramic artist. Gina Barber is a senior at the University of Virginia where she is majoring in sociology and women, gender, and sexuality. She has worked for Obama for America as a digital media fellow, the Feminist Majority Foundation, and with MissRepresentation.org. Thanks Erin and Gina for your help!

 Hollaback Croatia was on Croatian National TV discussing their recent research on street harassment!

Hollaback sites in Canada are parterning with the Represent Project. They are “offering a new forum to challenge damaging media representations of women in Canada.” RAD!

Hollaback London published a letter to Argos written by Rachel, a woman who was harassed by employees of the company. In the letter, Rachel writes, “Sexual harassment is always unacceptable, at any time and in any place, but the fact that these men feel they have the right to harass a woman while representing the Argos brand demonstrates extreme impudence. I hope that the management at Argos will take this matter very seriously and deal with their staff appropriately”. Way to go, Rachel!

Hollabackers in Mexico, Richmond, St. Paul, and San Francisco are banning together to do a content analysis of bystander stories on our site. They will be looking for trends around bystander intervention, including impact.

Hollaback Jacksonville, NC’s leader Kari Raack is up for military spouse of the year! Please vote for her. If she wins, she plans to use the platform spread the world about Hollaback across the military and their families.

Hollaback San Francisco issued a statement in support of a woman who was stabbed after being harassed on the street in the Tenderloin. Jezebel wrote a great article about the incident.

Last but not least, we’ve got a couple volunteer positions open!Take a look and let us know if you can help.

HOLLA and out —


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