We’ve got some exciting news for the international movement. Drum roll, please! We released the largest international, cross-cultural study on street harassment. The data shows that 84% of women around the world are first harassed before the age of 17. You can check out the country by country data here. We’ve also had some great press hits on Telegraph, Glamour, Gothamist, and BuzzFeed! Shout out to our awesome deputy director Debjani Roy for her amazing leadership on this project.
Meanwhile around the world…
Hollaback! Peterborough is partnering with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and helping circulate their survey for survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. If you’re in the region of Peterborough, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, take part in the survey before the end of the month.
Hollaback! Ottawa site leader Julie Lalonde was featured on CBC after speaking out about her experience of street harassment with the military. The Ottawa team presented to the provincial Standing Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment to talk about the need to include street harassment in our understandings of sexual violence.
Hollaback! Poland protested against “Tips for women” about rape prevention published by the Polish Police. After publishing this letter to the police, the tips were taken down and the police declared they’ll be more thoughtful with their sexual violence prevention messages and will be happy to work with us on this.
Hollaback! London‘s Good Night Out program was featured in a piece by Medium. One of their awesome site leaders Julia Gray spoke about the ways women are perceived when out at night. Great press team!
It’s been a happening week, and we can’t wait to see what Hollabackers do next week!
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Julia Retzlaff, an amazing young (18 year-old!!) filmmaker created the awesome short film STOP. about street harassment. Julia has worked as a T.A. for the Bay Area Video Coalition’s (BAVC) beginning video track as well as a freelance editor and researcher for BAVC Productions. We are so excited to see young emerging artists speaking to the realities of street harassment. According to our recent study, 85% of US women report experiencing their first harassment before the age of 17.
We are launching a Kickstarter campaign for our brand new platform HeartMob! HeartMob is the first ever platform that seeks to combat online harassment. With your donations we can take HeartMob from a really great idea and turn it into a real live platform!
We want to reduce trauma for people who are harassed online. HeartMob provides real-time support to individuals experiencing online harassment – and gives volunteers concrete ways they can help. With HeartMob we can reimagine an internet where everyone has the right to be their badass selves.
Together we can save the internet, but we need your help! Check out our Kickstarter campaign today, and donate before May 15th. Every donation, no matter how big or small, can make a difference.
Thank you for your support, and get excited for a safer internet!
Congratulations to Hollaback! New Orleans! The team plans to create a public art installation and digital media exhibit for individuals to share their stories through audio or video recording. They write, “the public art installation is discovered, stumbled upon, and perhaps even surprising.” Their aim is to engage a larger audience on the issues women, people identifying as women, and members of the LGBTQ community face daily and promote bystander intervention. We are so excited!
Here’s how they won: In December, with generous support from Voqal, Hollaback! embarked on the second round of the Hollaback! Innovation Challenge: a campaign-based challenge for Hollaback! site leaders around the world. To apply, site leaders proposed and outlined future innovative projects in their communities. The winning site was awarded $1000 (US) to implement and document their project over the next few months, along with tickets to present at this year’s HOLLA::Revolution in London on June 23rd.
We received some amazing projects this round, including community-based safety audits, clicker-based art projects, HOLLA-hero illustration projects, and more. A select group of Hollaback! board members evaluated the proposals and chose the winning team.
Want to learn more? Check out the team’s updates in our weekly Week In Our Shoes postings, go to Hollaback! New Orleans’ site, or head on down to this year’sHOLLA::Revolution in London, UK to watch them present on their final project.
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It’s been another great week at Hollaback! HQ. We have another great webinar coming up for site leaders that will focus on the process of site leadership and transition. Topics include: how do you find/train new site leaders, how do you create a seamless transition, how do you continue your programs, and more.
We’re halfway through training for class 12– our biggest class ever, this time introducing several new languages, including Romanian, Serbian and Latvian! WOW. Over 18 new sites will be launching in their communities in April – many of the new site leaders saw the viral video and thought ‘well, this happens in my community too! Let me bring the movement here!’ And we’re glad they did!
Last but not least, mark your calendars as we’re less than two weeks away from HOLLA::Rev NYC on March 5th, where we’re covering topics including Islamophobia and street harassment, men and masculinity, online harassment, campus sexual assault and MORE. If you’re in NY, pick up your tickets here. And don’t forget about HOLLA::Rev London on June 23rd-26th! We’re taking this show on the road!
And in other news, our sites around the world have been up to the following:
Hollaback! Nottingham was successful in their first ever funding bid on Wednesday! Congrats, guys! They are also working on their own zine in a number of workshops and accepting submissions. In it, they will be exploring street harassment and its affects on the individual and the community. Make sure to stay tuned for more zine info! Thursday night they hosted their first social with fun, games, and talking about taking direct action against street harassment.
Hollaback! Poland spoke out against the Nobody’s Children Foundation for victim-blaming in their new campaign against cyber sexual violence and harassment and started a national conversation! They released their own longer comment on the situation that you can read here. Also, site-leader Agnieszka Biela talked about harassment in the workplace and in public spaces on one of Poland’s biggest TV stations this past Wednesday. Way to get stuff done!
Appalachian Ohio! completed four 45 minute workshops on sexual assault, consent, rape culture, gender stereotypes, media literacy, and bystander intervention for 27 8th graders at Vinton Middle School.
Hollaback! Baltimore co-directors Shawna Potter and Melanie Keller have moved into an advisory position and Brittany Oliver and Leah Michaels are stepping up as site leaders! Read their beautiful exit/entrance interviews here.
That’s all for now, keep up the awesome work!
My driving instructor kept touching my hands and legs and making lewd comments
I take local transit in my city. At the end of a day of errands, I was on my bus home. Sitting on a seat facing the back door of the bus with my bag of purchases inbetween me, I was listening to music and waiting. A guy on the bus took a seat beside me. I noticed after a while he was looking at me very intently. About 1 stop before mine, I side glanced over and realized his hand was in his pants, moving in a discernible manner. I got off my stop as quickly as I could, creeped out & disgusted.
It snowed several inches last night, so I was excited to bike to work. Being a seasoned commuter, I’m on the downhill portion of my trip to work when I hear “YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE!!!”
Driving a early 2000’s 4 door Mazda a man is screaming, out his car window, and it’s 17 degrees out. He’s in opposing traffic, and I’m riding the same speed as traffic.
I crank my head and yell “Have a good day!”Despite this gentlemen’s frosty disposition I only hope my attitude helped to reshape his morning!
This week at the Hollaback! HQ, ED, Emily May testified at the City Council Hearing on campus sexual assault. HB’s deputy director Debjani Roy will be addressing the current status of the fight against street harassment and the importance of civic-minded social media video this Sunday (Feb. 8) at a forum hosted by the Chicago Filmmakers. Read about it here and/or RSVP through EventBrite! Both have also started taping a vlog series, with the help of Harry Potter Alliance’s super talented Lauren Bird!
And our sites around the world have been up to lots! Check it out!
Hollaback! Bahamas‘ Alicia Wallace was featured in The Eye Opener – a youth show on Guardian Talk Radio-Saturday morning to talk about street harassment.
Hollaback! Berlin director Julie Brilling talked to Deutsche Welle about the NYC viral video, how to define street harassment, and what can be done to prevent it. Check it out here! They also teamed up with the national student council to launch their #uni_SEX campaign to raise awareness of everyday sexism and harassment at universities.
Hollaback! Ottawa presented at Awesome Adventure Academy, a new indie con, and developed their anti-harassment policy!
Hollaback! Houston‘s Hermie Escamilla was interviewed by a blog correspondent in Austin, TX for Stop Street Harassment about transportation, social media, and community building.
That’s all for now! Holla and out!
HB Staff <3