Hey there Hollaback!,
What a fantastic and exciting week it’s been for us! On Tuesday we hosted our first ever Holla::REV in London! Each of the speakers brought a new issue to the conversation about street harassment, and it was so energizing to have so many new voices engaged in the work to #endSH. Shout out to Bryony, Julia, and Susuana our Hollaback! London and ULU site leaders for all of their help on the ground in making this event a huge success! Emily and Debjani got to spend the rest of the week hanging out with some of our cool site leaders from around the globe for our site-leader retreat.
At home in NYC, the team has been getting enthused about our new platform, HeartMob. On Wednesday, Rachel and the interns attended CivicX Demo Night to support Courtney, our HeartMob expert. Courtney pitched the platform to over 150 attendees at the event. Nice work Courtney!
Here’s what’s going on around the globe:
Hollaback! Baltimore hosted an open discussion on black women and their experiences with street harassment. The site co-director Brittany successfully facilitated a conversation centered around black cis and trans women, femmes and girls. Such an important conversation to have!
Hollaback! Berlin hosted an “Own Your Body” festival this past weekend. The team partner with a Brazilian artist whose work is focused on crushing body normalization.
At the Milano Pride Parade this past weekend, Hollaback! Italia joined forces with community members to create a chalk campaign to raise awareness against street harassment.
Can’t wait to hear what amazing things will be going on next week!
Holla and Out!
Received the most obscene catcall in my life. I ignored him. He continued shouting. There was no one else on the street. No less than a few minutes later, another man commented ‘now that’s a woman’. I feel tired and humiliated. Most of all i feel powerless.
I wear short shorts and sleeveless tops because I think I have great legs and arms. I generally dress for my body type and keep it preppy casual. Unfortunately, I was walking down the street and a man yells out the passenger window of a moving car: “you dropped your wallet!” laughing as a few dollar bills fly through the air.
Just walking down the sidewalk at 10:30am on a Saturday, when a guy decides to help himself to my butt. He was surprised when I spun around, screamed at him, and chased him half a block until he lost his shoe and a police officer working the grocery store ran up to us. He left in cuffs.
I was walking home when a man pushed me into the wall and started kissing my neck and pulling at my clothes while his friends watched.
Was walking past a Toys R Us when a middle aged man in a truck yelled, “You definitely look like you’re going into the wrong toy store.”
On Tuesday morning, I was walking from my job to the bank (that is only three mins away by foot) to drop off my job’s deposit. This was 9 in the morning, and as I was walking, a man in his car pulled up to me and asked if I wanted to watch him “jerk off”. I was so shocked and upset and afraid, that I quickly yelled, “No! I’m calling the police!” Sadly I didn’t catch his license plate, but be careful out there! This can happen to anyone so please protect yourselves and use the buddy system.
It’s been an exciting week here at the HQ. This week we welcomed three new interns for the summer: April, Eunie, and Julia. The interns are excited to be helping out with Hollaback!’s communications and programs, including HeartMob.
We filmed our final two vlogs of the series this week and will be releasing them soon! We stepped outside of the office this week to visit City Hall in New York to take the 6th Annual Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence. Organized by CONNECT and Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, the participants pledged to end violence in our homes, schools and communities.
And here’s what Holla’s around the world have been up to:
We have our eye on the proposal of a new anti-catcalling law that could make street harassment punishable by fine. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. In the meantime, check out the work of Hollaback! Buenos Aires as they work to end street harassment in their city.
Hollaback! Alberta attended the first annual Women & Trans Festival at the 35th Edmonton Pride. It’s so awesome to have Hollaback! represent during such an important time for the rights of transgender people!
Hollaback! London will be co-hosting Holla::REV London in just less than two weeks! Join us on June 23rd to hear speakers and performers including Laura Bates, Emily May, representatives from Sex Worker Open University, Bisi Alimi, Susuana Antubam, Samayya Afzal, Bryony Beynon & Julia Gray, Sauna Youth and more!
Great job this week across the globe, team!
Holla and out!
–The Hollaback! Staff
saw this d-bag catcalling women as they passed by.
I was harassed by a man who followed me around Target while I was grocery shopping alone, who was trying to get my attention by following me and yelling at me in the store. He came up from behind me after following me down an aisle, grabbed my arm and tried to pull me around, and before he could do anther hunt else, I elbowed him and ran to the front of the store.