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Hello Hollabackers! It’s International Anti-Street Harassment Week and HOLLAs have been busy. CHECK OUT ALL THIS AWESOMENESS THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON THIS WEEK.
This week, Hollaback! was featured in Athens News (twice!), Philly Mag, The Daily Beast, Frequency, Youth + Tech + Health, The New York Times’ City Room, The TJ Show, Metro News, The Post, Witness Blog, Madmoizelle, Noticias Caracol, The Baltimore Sun, Philly.com, and WHYY’s The Pulse. Also! Hollaback! Executive Director, Emily May, led a workshop on leveraging technology to end campus sexual harassment and sexual assault at University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
The Mothership is calling out to all you HOLLA heroes around the world – we need your help to send our site leaders to NYC for HOLLA::Revolution, the first ever speakers series on street harassment! It’s an amazing opportunity that will literally change the way that your community talks about street harassment. But we need your help to get them here. Donate today.
Here’s what HOLLAs around the world have been up to:
Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio has some awesome new street art up! They hosted an art show exhibiting works of art by Hollaback! leaders, women at the regional jail, their after school program called Girl Power, and some community members. The pieces are meant to depict experiences of harassment and a vision of safer streets in the future. AND they celebrated their first birthday at the event! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! To add, they conducted two self defense classes with the women at Southeast Ohio Regional Jail, completed a 4 lesson series with 24 8th graders at Vinton Middle School, and spoke out through letters to the editor (also here) and attendance at panel discussion on their local Take Back the Night organizers’ decision to allow men to march this year and take away the position of sideline support. They organized with the student group FUCKRAPECULTURE to ensure that sideline support would still happen and encouraged their community to take up that position if they did not feel that they were not personally affected by fear of walking alone at night.
Hollaback! Bogota was invited by a major Colombian TV channel to talk about street harassment, the work of Hollaback!, and the mayor of Bogota’s recent decision to have pink buses for women. You can view the recording (in Spanish!) here.
Hollaback! Bahamas made the front page of The Tribune newspaper on Monday morning for its chalk walk, then took the back page on Tuesday with a write up on the chalk walk. The MP (and High Commission to CARICOM) who adamantly refused to apologize for laughing at a #VAW “joke” made in the House of Assembly finally made an official apology following their emails and phone calls to the CARICOM office. Fianlly, HB! Bahamas has been invited to speak to a 4th year college Sociology class about Street Harassment and Women and the Hollaback! movement. Awesome work!
Hollback! Bosnia and Herzegovina started presenting a set of workshops about street harassment and violence with the students of secondary schools. They’re planning to visit every secondary school in the city of Sarajevo.
Hollaback! Boston facilitated a workshop at A Revolutionary Moment: Women’s Liberation in the late 1960s and 1970s Conference at Boston University. They presented on the history of consciousness-raising and how the Hollaback! movement has adapted it for modern times with mobile technology. They kicked off International Anti-Street Harassment Week with a HOLLAoffline event complete with coffeehouse chatter and movement building, along with a film screening of the documentary War Zone on Tuesday, and the debut of their first zine. They were also on the Mara Dolan radio show with Holly Kearl to discuss street harassment and Meet Us on the Street. Last but not least, they hosted a Take Back the Bar event with Lesley University’s Women’s Center!
Hollaback! Dublin hosted Exploring Street Harassment Through Film where they premiered “Out on the Streets,” a new Irish documentary about street harassment (check out their interview with director Niamh Gaskin here!), as well as showed some short films to facilitate discussions on street harassment and intersectionality in Dublin.
Hollaback! Gent worked with a graphic design student to make these awesome banners! This one says: “When mean words are hollered, you can intervene”. They have four different banners with different themes: consent, bystander intervention and street harassment. Gent community members can find these banners hanging at the Ufo of Ghent, at the KASK building in the Upper Gate and the Geuzenhuis.
Hollaback! Halifax had some of their materials distributed at this comic book shop’s awesome Ladies’ Night – an event staffed by women, for women, and featuring awesome local female comic book creators. They’re also supporting some Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) students who are planning actions at their campus for today as part of #EndSHWeek. Last but not least, they have been involved with some design students at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (aka NSCAD University). They’re developing poster campaigns to pitch to the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women as a class project. Each poster falls into one of the Council’s area’s of focus: Women and Employment, Women in Leadership, Women’s Health and Well-Being, and Freedom from Violence. The final product of the class project will be online later this month.
Hollaback! Houston tabled at Houston Community College’s Diversity and Inclusion Summit last Friday and participated in a Unity Walk to Kickoff International Anti-Street Harassment Week. They also kicked off this week with showcasing prints by artist, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, from her “Stop Telling Women to Smile” project. The exhibit will continue to rotate throughout local area shops and cafes each month. On Monday, they recorded a lengthy conversation…even with a sore throat!… with Emiliano Diaz de Leon of TAASA (Texas Association Against Sexual Assault) on the role men play in ending street harassment. An awesome conversation regardless of the sore throat shenanigans. Hope you’re feeling better!
Hollaback! London spoke on BBC World Service about assault and harassment on nights out and they now have 9 cities across the UK and Ireland gearing up to roll out Good Night Out, their safe spaces campaign. Way to go, HB! London!! They’ve also teamed up with Rape Crisis South London for a week long photo project called London Landmarks Against Street Harassment. Using the hashtag #londonloves, participants take a photo of their favorite hollaback or message of support, in front of their favorite London landmark. They upload it on the HB! London website, on the Facebook event, or can Tweet or Instagram it to them @hollabackldn. HB! London will then send them over to the folks behind Meet Us On The Streets where it will be shared on the main site.
Hollaback! Melbourne hosted a night of comedy yesterday called ‘heckleback!‘ which featured some rad female comedians and speakers. They were also on SynFm talking about Heckleback, Snickers and Anti Street Harassment Week.
Hollaback! Philly‘s Executive Director, Rochelle Keyhan, gave the keynote at Swarthmore College’s Take Back the Night. They’re also having a community meeting at Love Park on Anti-Street Harassment day, and their anti-street harassment ads (pictured above!) on Philadelphia transit launched and hit Buzzfeed!
Hollaback! University of London Union (ULU) launched the Hollaback! Campus Online application system on the Hollaback! ULU Website, designed to easily help unions to gain Good Night Out venue accreditation.
WOW. Amazing work, HOLLAs!!!!
HOLLA and out!
– The Hollaback! Team
Je marche sur le bd Rochechouart entre Pigalle et la rue des martyrs, le long des magasins de musique. Il est midi ou 13h je ne sais plus, il fait beau, c’est septembre. Je suis en jean, basket, petit haut à fleurs. Soudain je sens le truc bizarre, le mec qui arrive en face me mate méchamment (au sens premier), mate mes seins de manière obscène et balance “salope” alors qu’on se croise. Comme ça.
We’re so excited for our tweetup today! It starts at 1pm EST, please use the #harassmentis hashtag.
Our ALL-STAR list of panelists include:
Soraya Chemaly @schemaly
Patricia Valoy @Besito86
Jamia A. Wilson @jamiaw
Jennifer L. Pozner @jennpozner
Hollaback Boston @hollabackboston
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (Stop Telling Women to Smile) @fazlalizadeh
Joneka Percentie (SPARK) @jpercentie.
Courtney Young @cocacy
We want to acknowledge that this conversation may be challenging and even triggering to people, and it’s OK to step back and take care of yourself if you need to. To make this conversation as smart and loving as possible, we have three rules:
1. No woulda coulda shoulda. When someone shares their story, keep any advice you have for what the person should have done in the situation to yourself. We know you’re just trying to help, but street harassment has a way of filling folks with self doubt and they don’t need your encouragement.
2. No personal attacks. This can range from “you deserve it,” to “you’re an asshole.” We’re all here because we’re against harassment, so let’s not perpetuate those behaviors online.
3. Attack ideas, not people’s stories. If there is idea or a concept that you don’t like, tweet about it. If someone is telling a personal story that you don’t like, please approach their story with sensitivity. If there is a concept behind their story that you disapprove of (i.e. men of color are more likely to be harassers) comment and critique the concept, not the individual.
If you’re new to the conversation on street harassment and race, welcome! Please take some time to read #harassmentis: our guide on how identity impacts the experience of street harassment. Hollaback! Boston has also put together a fantastic reading list that will help you engage in this conversation in a smart and thoughtful way.
If you’re coming in as an ally, we’re happy you’re here. Please remember that sometimes the most revolutionary thing you can do as an ally is listen.
This week, our Executive Director, Emily May, was named an Ashoka Fellow!! Such a great honor. Check out this awesome video introducing her as an Ashoka Fellow, talking about Hollaback! and our work to end street harassment. Congrats Emily!! Also, Hollaback! launched the FIRST EVER Educator’s Guide to Street Harassment. The guide is geared toward teachers, guidance counselors, parents and other educators in New York City who want to address the issue of street harassment amongst middle and high school aged students. Alongside the release, our Deputy Director, Debjani Roy, wrote an article on Huffington Post titled “When Was the First Time You Were Harassed?”.
Here’s what the HOLLAs around the world have been up to:
Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio gave four 45-minute workshops to twenty-seven 8th graders at Vinton Middle School on consent, deconstructing rape culture, gender stereotypes, and bystander intervention. Also, they will be holding a workshop today titled Geography of Street Harassment on the Female Body. Hollabackers Nancy Gomez and Priyanka Kazi will be exploring the relationship between personal experiences of street harassment and the public spaces in which these unwelcome encounters take place. Finally, today they will be distributing the empowering self-love Valentines (pictured above) that they created last week across Athens for students. Feel the HOLLA love!
Hollaback! Des Moines had a special Monthly Meetup this week where they were joined by representatives from One Iowa to discuss health care needs of LGBTQ folks in the Des Moines area. They have meetups on the second Tuesday of every month. Make sure to check out the next one in March! The will also be participating in the second annual V-Day One Billion Rising flash mob with One Billion Rising DSM and Kees Camp TODAY in the downtown skywalks!
Hollaback! Melbourne has a new home! Thanks to generous sponsorship, their office will now be located at The Electron Workshop in North Melbourne. The Electron Workshop is an inclusive and accessible co-working space in North Melbourne, with an emphasis on openness, collaboration, and building mutually beneficial relationships. They have a commitment to supporting women in business and are a welcoming and safe space. Congrats!
Hollaback! Philly has announced the presenters for their upcoming speaker series on human sex trafficking of domestic girls with various experts from across the country. Speakers include John O’Neill (a homicide prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office), Tina Frundt (survivor of human trafficking, Frederick Douglass Award winner, and founder of Courtney’s House), and Dr. Mary Anne Layden (psychotherapist and Director of Education at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of PA). O’Neill’s talk, entitled “How They Got There: dispelling myths about prostitution and sex trafficking”, will clarify the very engrained myths about prostitution and human trafficking. She will be speaking about her experiences with trafficking, both at the survivor and service provider levels. Frundt will be speaking about her experiences with trafficking, both at the survivor and service provider levels. Finally, Layden’s talk will focus on the beliefs surrounding male sexual demand and their contribution to the commercial sexual exploitation of sex trafficking in the United States. This series sounds amazing!!
Super exciting things happening in the HOLLA world! Til next week-
HOLLA and out!
– The Hollaback! Team
I was driving to school, and a few men on the back of a garbage truck started yelling “hey sexy!” until I drove away.
This driver pulled up next to me while I stood at a bus stop, with the passenger side window rolled down, and had his penis out and was masturbating, and leaned over to further get my attention. He only pulled away when I pulled out my phone to take a photo of his face, but I got his license plate
I am a Muslim woman living in Kuwait and I cover from head to toe in black, including a face veil that shows only the eyes. In the mornings I like to park in a public park near the sea to meditate in my car. This is the second time the same guy approached me in his car, parking next to me and staring at me. Today I took some photos and got his car plate number and am considering reporting it to the police. What bothers me is that I felt unsafe and I drove away, abandoning my meditation session. If it happens again, I will take more photos, stand my ground and honk the horn until hopefully HE leaves.
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