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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
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!
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!
Former customer Colleen Kiphart joins Hollaback! to demand the company issue a real apology and immediately stop production of products that legitimize street harassment
Colleen Kiphart stewed over the packaging for months before she decided to speak up. Now, Kiphart and Hollaback!, an organization dedicated to ending street harassment, are working together demand that Burt’s Bees apologize and immediately stop production.
The offensive tag line goes as follows: “Soak in the moisturizing seductiveness of shea butter and indulge in the scent of vanilla and rice milk. And let the catcalling commence.”
Colleen Kiphart says, “I deal with catcalling regularly in my neighborhood. It is uninvited, unwanted, and demeaning. I stand up for myself, but many women can’t or don’t know they can. I am frustrated to see a socially-conscious company like Burt’s Bees perpetuate the myth that women want to be objectified by strangers on the street. I look forward to them seeing the error of this labeling, to them changing it, and to them joining the millions who stand against street harassment.”
Street harassment, commonly referred to as catcalling, is the most common form of gender-based violence globally. Long-term impacts include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and at ihollaback.org, victims report missing school, changing jobs or moving homes to avoid exposure.
“Burt’s Bees and Güd are perpetuating the myth that street harassment is a ‘compliment.’ We’ve received over 5,000 stories from people around the globe telling us that street harassment is scary, demeaning, and traumatizing. Last time I checked, that’s not what a ‘compliment’ feels like,” said Emily May, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hollaback!.
Güd’s response to Kiphart and Hollaback! was noncommittal, stating, “we apologize if the wording on our Vanilla Flame Body Butter packaging offended anyone.” (Full link: on.fb.me/1e61y1Y). Hollaback! considers this an example of the commonly seen non-apology apology. According to Wikipedia, “A non-apology apology is a statement that has the form of an apology but does not express the expected contrition. It is common in both politics and public relations.”
In light of Güd by Burt’s Bees’ response, Kiphart and Hollaback! have stated that they will remain steadfast in their efforts. A link to the petition demanding that Burt’s Bees apologize and immediately stop producing pro-harassment packaging can be found here: chn.ge/1a8eDHi
This week Hollaback! was featured by Policy Mic, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun, CNN (iReport), The Root, The Daily Free Press, The Athens News and ;Hollaback!’s ED, Emily May, won an award for being one of the “50 Fearless Minds Changing the World.”
The date for International Anti-Street Harassment Week has been set for March 30th – April 5th, 2014! Check out highlights from previous years on Meet Us On the Street.
Here’s what the HOLLAs around the world have been up to:
Hollaback! Ottawa site leader Julie Lalonde went to the local school école secondaire De La Salle to talk about her work to a group of about 20 students. They loved Hollaback! and a bunch of students downloaded the app on the spot. Lalonde also did an interview with CBC Ottawa where she discussed her impressive work with Hollaback! and more.
Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio site leader Sarah Fick has established herself as a go-to for quotes for local news stories. Fick, along with other members of HB! AO, are also becoming certified Green Dot trainers this week.
Hollaback! Sarajevo has been making great moves as a Bosnia Hollaback street harassment case goes to court! The date has been scheduled for 21st November and they’ll be sure to keep us updated along the way. Hollaback Sarajevo has also become sisters with Yarn Bombing Sarajevo !
Hollaback! Belfast put on a performance of a Witch-y Feminist Fairytale at Witchcraft at the margins: The four confessions of Isobel Gowdie.
Hollaback! Philly’s iReport on cosplayers was vetted and approved by CNN producers! HB leaders Rochelle Keyhan and Anna Kegier are also speaking at the same event as Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women!
HOLLA and out!
-The Hollaback! Team
A guy in my classroom at UB, is constantly on his laptop, with his hand down his pants. I even noticed two of the guys blushing in class, when they realized what he is doing. Nobody has said anything, because the professor is talking, and it makes me uncomfortable every Tuesday and Thursday in Park Hall.
Saw a bit of a freak masturbating looking into bedroom windows of the uni dorms up Far Gosford Street. He had long dark hair down to his waist and really long nails. Also quite greasy.
This week Hollaback! was featured by Metro News, Greatists, Stop Street Harassment, The Seattle Times, Time Magazine, Ottawa Citizen, PRN Newser, Purposefully Scarred, The Post (Ohio University), Metro News and The New York Times Hollaback! took part in the Creative Time and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum presentation, Between the Door and the Street, a major work by the internationally celebrated artist Suzanne Lacy. Thousands of members of the public came out to wander among the stoops of Hollaback! and dozens of other organizations, to listen to what they were saying and form their own opinions on gender politics today – The New York Times blog and the Wall Street Journal covered the event.
In commemoration of Anti-Bullying Awareness Month, our ED, Emily May, spoke at Outten and Golden’s “The ABC’s of Bullying: From Academics and Business to the City Streets” on Tuesday. Emily’s interview for the book “How Will You Create Positive Change” was also available for free download for Kindle via Amazon earlier this week. Emily also attended a community meeting hosted by the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault about our priorities in addressing sexual violence over the next year and featured HollabackPhilly‘s ad campaign and Julie’s Draw the Line campaign.
Debjani, our Deputy Director, spoke on a panel on Tuesday hosted by Council Member Crowley and Assemblyman Miller for Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Here’s what the HOLLAs around the world have been up to:
Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio hosted a self-defense workshop and presented to a Cultural Diversity in Education class at Ohio University about grassroots activism and “teaching to transgress” social justice issues.
The letter is a partnered project with a handful of amazing organization including the Sexual Assault Network and the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre. The impressive Julie LaLonde of Hollaback Ottawa has been honored with a 2013 Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case for “making a real difference in improving the lives of women and girls through her work to end sexual assault and sexual harassment.” Congrats, Julie!!
Hollaback! Boston hosted their first volunteer bystander intervention training, and trained 13 new volunteers! They also hosted their third Take Back The Bar event in the Allston neighborhood of Boston. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s Stop Telling Women to Smile tour stopped by and featured a few Hollaback Boston members her wheatpaste artwork, check it out! They also partnered with Elevate to include the issue of street harassment in conversations with Boston mayoral candidates. Hollaback! Boston and Hollaback! LA Site Leaders attended the #femfuture retreat at the Omega Leadership Institute.
Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio hosted a self-defense workshop this week and hosting a Halloween Photo-Booth event this Saturday. Participants will hold signs with slogans like, “My costume is not consent,” it’s great way to make a statement against street harassment during Halloween.
Whoa, what a week! HOLLA and out!
-The Hollaback! Team
Check out this video where two women turn the tables on street harassment, Holla’ing at men on the street. Katie, one of the writers of the video, says:
“We wanted to turn the tables and see how men would feel if we “holla-ed” at them! Our parody pulls from real life experience and we hope that the video brings attention to the inappropriateness of cat calling. It’s time for men to get a taste of their own medicine, but in a light-hearted, funny way (even though cat calling is a serious issue!)”
Check it out below!
What do you think?
Some asshole just called me a whore from his truck. Nice way to end the workday.