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HOLLA-Who? Meet Hollaback! Panama City

We’re back with our HOLLA-Who series, profiling the amazing site leaders who take on street harassment in their local communities. In the HOLLA-Who series, we learn about what street harassment is like around the world, and what activists are doing today to push back and fight for the right to equal access to public spaces.

 

Today we’re talking with the amazing Jaqueline from Hollaback! Panama City. Hollaback! Panama launched with Class 12 just this January, and have already begun making an impact in their community. Today we’re chatting with site leader Jaqueline.

 

Why did you start the Hollaback! site in Panama – & what inspired you to join on?

Hollaback means activism, it means nonconformism! Street harassment is an issue I face on a daily basis in Panama. I wasn’t born here, so often people ask me what do I like and dislike most about it here and harassment always came up as my number 1 complaint. I’ve started a Hollaback! because I want to change this reality!

 

What’s a HOLLA-fact about your city?  

Taxi rides are very cheap here. You can go many places paying from US$1.75 to US4.00. Unfortunately there are many (legal and illegal) drivers who harass their clients with disgusting looks and comments, or even assaulting or raping.

 

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

The amazing Jaqueline from Hollaback! Panama

The amazing Jaqueline from Hollaback! Panama

I’d do a huge educational campaign / workshops with people of all ages. Also I’d define better laws for all kinds of harassment.

 

What was your first experience with street harassment?  

I can’t remember precisely, but I am sure it was already very frequent when I was 12 years old.

 

Given that you’ve had years to perfect it, what’s your signature Hollaback!? 

It can be “never seen a woman before?” to “THIS IS SUCH A LACK OF EDUCATION. HAVE SOME RESPECT!“. I enjoy saying it very loud, so they get publicly ashamed – as they should.

 

We’re all about the right to define yourself. What’s your Hollaback! on-the-ground style?

Natural! Let’s be true to ourselves.

 

 

Serious question time. Would you rather have a dragon or be a dragon?

BE a dragon! A blue dragon that flies and spits fire.

 

 

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

If you don’t like your partner, your job, your city etc, CHANGE IT or LEAVE IT! Everyday you accept it as it is, is a day that you’re deciding that this is the best you can do for yourself. Own your decisions!

 

What are you excited about for 2015?

Getting a bigger team and making a Hollaback! art event in Panama.

 

What inspires you in this work?

Solidarity.

 

And finally, in the year 2020, street harassment will be…

In the year 2020, street harassment will be as despised as racist jokes currently are

 

A big thank you to Jaqueline, site leader of Hollaback! Panama City!

Holla and out!

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HOLLA-Who? Meet Hollaback! Alberta

We’re back with our HOLLA-Who series, profiling the amazing site leaders who take on street harassment in their local communities. In the HOLLA-Who series, we learn about what street harassment is like around the world, and what activists are doing today to push back and fight for the right to equal access to public spaces.

 

Today we’re talking with the amazing Lauren from Hollaback! Alberta (Canada). Hollaback! Alberta launched in 2010/2011 and has accomplished AMAZING work on the ground in Edmonton and throughout the province. Today we’re chatting with co-director Lauren.

 

Why did you start the Hollaback! site in Alberta in 2010 – & what inspired you to join on?

I was sick of being silenced when I voiced my frustrations regarding street harassment. I knew of too many people who were harassed in public spaces and I felt their stories helped me speak out.

 

What’s a HOLLA-fact about your city?  

On the first day of summer Edmonton enjoys 17 hours and three minutes of daylight. The sun rises around 5:00am and sets after 10:00pm.

 

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

Make it mandatory for school curriculums to include proper consent education, inclusive sex ed, and discussions of mental health surrounding gender roles.

 

What was your first experience with street harassment?  

The amazing Lauren from Hollaback! Alberta

The amazing Lauren from Hollaback! Alberta

Hard to say- around 12 years old I remember a guy calling me “sexy” from down the street. Around the same age I was at a public pool and had a random man grab my face try to kiss my cheek. Totally freaked me out!

 

Given that you’ve had years to perfect it, what’s your signature Hollaback!? 

Totally depends on the situation.

 

We’re all about the right to define yourself. What’s your Hollaback! on-the-ground style?

Fluctuates with my mood but varies between casual gender-neutral to funky and femme.

 

What’s your super-heroine power?

The power to annihilate gender roles.

 

Serious question time. Would you rather have a dragon or be a dragon?

Have a dragon would be cool I guess… although alpacas are more my thing.

 

What is your proudest HOLLA-Moment so far?

Tough to pick just one- but in general it is the response & engagement from people in my community that make me proud of my City. There are so many organizations and municipal groups working with us to address street harassment.

 

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

Treat others the way they wish to be treated.

 

What are you excited about for 2015?

A new project developing between Hollaback Alberta and the Edmonton Transit System!

 

What inspires you in this work?

My family, my beloved friends, and all the badass Hollaback! leaders around the world

 

And finally, in the year 2020, street harassment will be…

In the year 2020, street harassment will be an embarrassing act that rarely happens and is not accepted in society.

 

A big thank you to Lauren, co-director of Hollaback! Alberta!

Holla and out!

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HOLLA-Who? Meet Hollaback! Croatia

We’re back with our HOLLA-Who series, profiling the amazing site leaders who take on street harassment in their local communities. In the HOLLA-Who series, we learn about what street harassment is like around the world, and what activists are doing today to push back and fight for the right to equal access to public spaces.

 

Today we’re talking with the amazing Barbara from Hollaback! Croatia. Hollaback! Croatia launched in 2011. They’re an amazing site who’ve accomplished some huge projects in their community, including a safer spaces campaign! Today we’re chatting with Barbara about why they Hollaback! and what they’re up to.

 

Why did you start the Hollaback! site in Croatia in 2011 – what inspired you to join on?

I wanted to speak about issues impacting women and LGBT people. I love Hollaback because it is so empowering – with its tools & a worldwide net of activists.

 

What’s a HOLLA-fact about your city?  

The city is considered as safe and its residents are proud about this. However, gender based harassment is ignored in considerations about safety.

 

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

Kids will learn from early age – in every kindergarten & school – about mutual respect.”

 

What was your first experience with street harassment?

I was groped between my legs at the age of 14.

 

Given that you’ve had years to perfect it, what’s your signature Hollaback!? 

Never give away your power.

 

We’re all about the right to define yourself. What’s your Hollaback! on-the-ground style?

I am deliberate, think twice before acting – but nevertheless push for ambitious projects for Hollaback!. Even if it seems that we are not ready for the projects, it turns out right :-)

 

What’s your super-heroine power?

Patience & humor.”

 

Serious question time. Would you rather have a dragon or be a dragon?

Have a dragon!

 

What is your proudest HOLLA-Moment so far?

The Safer spaces campaign :-)

 

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

If the idea makes sense, if something is unjust, go for it and do something about it, even if you don’t know how – you will learn during the process and come out stronger.

 

What are you excited about for 2015?

We have more volunteers than ever, they are pushing our boundaries and thanks to them we will do some things for the first time – e.g. a safety audit…

 

What inspires you in this work?

Strong women, the energy and commitment of other Hollaback! volunteers or activists.

 

And finally, in the year 2020, street harassment will be…

In the year 2020, street harassment is finally recognized as a problem, and all members of the community are involved in solving it. Boys learn to respect girls from early age…

 

A big thank you to Barbara from Hollaback! Croatia!

Holla and out!

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HOLLA-Who? Meet Hollaback! West Georgia

We’re back with our HOLLA-Who series, profiling the amazing site leaders who take on street harassment in their local communities. In the HOLLA-Who series, we learn about what street harassment is like around the world, and what activists are doing today to push back and fight for the right to equal access to public spaces.

 

Today we’re talking with the amazing Andy from Hollaback! West Georgia. Andy and their team started up Hollaback! Nairobi with Class 12, launching back in January. Their HB team is super strong and has hit the ground running – and we can’t wait to see what they do next!

 

Why did you start the Hollaback! site in West Georgia, and what inspired you to join on?

Hollaback! means having a community to go to, people to share ideas with and having a group of people standing together refusing to be dehumanized and treated as objects. I started our ground site because I wanted to help people stand up for themselves and and others, while also teaching people how NOT to speak to people in public.

 

What’s a HOLLA-fact about your city?  

We have a university and a tech school, but we’re located in a pretty small town. We have a lot of different people with different ideas, lifestyles and belief systems.

 

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

I would require everyone to attend a Hollaback! training or event.”

 

What was your first experience with street harassment?

The first cognizant personal experience I have was probably around twelve, when my neighbor’s son touched my butt (of course I assume he had no idea what he was actually doing, as he was my age) and I threw my shoe at him.

 

Given that you’ve had years to perfect it, what’s your signature Hollaback!? 

I haven’t perfected the art of speaking calmly, so sadly I’ll yell “That’s sexual harassment, and I’m/she’s a person!”

 

We’re all about the right to define yourself. What’s your personal style?

Queen of Spades.

 

What’s your super-heroine power?

“Sassy language.”

 

Serious question time. Would you rather have a dragon or be a dragon?

Have! I already spit fire and I’m afraid of flying, but think of all that belly to scratch!

 

What is your proudest HOLLA-Moment so far?

Random strangers will identify me as the Hollaback! Girl. “You’re the hollaback! girl!” “YES WANNA JOIN!”

 

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

Never be satisfied, because when you’re satisfied, you’re done.

 

What are you excited about for 2015?

Trip to Italy, graduation, Hollaback! seminar at school.

 

What inspires you in this work?

Life. I find something new to inspire me every day just in living and meeting new people.”

 

And finally, in the year 2020, street harassment will be…

In the year 2020, street harassment has become so widely discussed that men and women all over the world are standing up to street harassers every day.

 

A big thank you to Andy from Hollaback! West Georgia! We can’t wait to see the future of this team!

Holla and out!

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HOLLA-Who? Meet Hollaback! Nairobi

We’re back with our HOLLA-Who series, profiling the amazing site leaders who take on street harassment in their local communities. In the HOLLA-Who series, we learn about what street harassment is like around the world, and what activists are doing today to push back and fight for the right to equal access to public spaces.

 

Today we’re talking with the amazing Wacu from Hollaback! Nairobi. Wacu started up Hollaback! Nairobi with Class 12, launching back in January. Since then, the site has had a TON of press and on-the-ground awareness, and we’re excited to see where it’ll go!

 

Why did you start the Hollaback! site in Nairobi, and what inspired you to join on?

I had one particularly bad harassment incident one day just outside my house and I realized I couldn’t just ignore it anymore, Hollaback! gives me reassurance that I am not alone and the strength/courage to speak out so I can go about my business without being scared i might get harassed...”

 

What’s a HOLLA-fact about your city?  

The amazing Wacu of Hollaback! Nairobi!

The amazing Wacu of Hollaback! Nairobi!

Nairobi means City in the Sun.

 

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

I would probably put up screens everywhere and make everyone watch a one hour video of how serious an issue this is for people to continuously ignore.”

 

What was your first experience with street harassment?

I honestly can’t remember. I just know I have been complaining for years about being stared at and talked to by weird strangers on the street.

 

Given that you’ve had years to perfect it, what’s your signature Hollaback!? 

Do I look like I need you to say anything to me?

 

We’re all about the right to define yourself. What’s your personal style?

Harsh and Brutally Honest.

 

What’s your super-heroine power?

“I can talk myself out of anything.”

 

Serious question time. Would you rather have a dragon or be a dragon?

Be a dragon. Having one would require worrying about feeding it.

 

What is your proudest HOLLA-Moment so far?

Ask me in 6 months

 

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

Honesty really makes things simple.

 

What are you excited about for 2015?

Holla::REV London in June”

 

What inspires you in this work?

My Son and how he is an exact copy of me means I have to set a good example.”

 

And finally, in the year 2020, street harassment will be…

In the year 2020, street harassment will be on its final days

 

A big thank you to Wacu from Hollaback! Nairobi!

Holla and out!

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HOLLA Who? Meet Hollaback! London

We’re back with our HOLLA-Who series, profiling the amazing site leaders who take on street harassment in their local communities. In the HOLLA-Who series, we learn about what street harassment is like around the world, and what activists are doing today to push back and fight for the right to equal access to public spaces.

 

Today we’re talking with the amazing Julia from Hollaback! London. Julia, and other members of the HB London team, have been running the site since 2010. That’s five years of standing up to street harassment and changing the face of street harassment activism across the pond!

 

Why did you start the Hollaback! site in London (five years ago!), what inspired you to join on?

“I started the London site because I was feeling fed up with the harassment I experienced in my home city, being made to feel I had less of a right to my own streets and spaces. I wanted to provide a non-judgmental space for people to share their stories, regain some power after their experience and hopefully achieve some sort of parallel justice. Hollaback! means to me true grass roots activism. Getting up and speaking out after years of being silenced. It’s the thing that allowed me to identify my feminism, it’s the thing that empowered me to stand up for what I believe in. It’s the thing that sparked a career in the women’s sector. So it means a whole lot.”

 

What’s been going on in Hollaback! London recently?

The amazing Julia and Bryony of Hollaback! London

The amazing Julia and Bryony of Hollaback! London

“Last year we launched the first project working with late night venues to train staff to better support customers in the event of harassment or assault. It’s called Good Night Out.”

 

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

“I’d put men in women’s shoes so they could see.”

 

What was your first experience with street harassment?

“When I was eight, a boy who lived on my block told me I needed to start shaving my legs. He also punched my sister once and called us bastards because our parents weren’t married. He was a dreadful, dreadful boy!

 

Given that you’ve had years to perfect it, what’s your signature Hollaback!? 

Just flip ’em the bird.”

 

We’re all about the right to wear whatever you want. What’s your personal style?

I like to aspire to 90’s power woman, a lot of shoulder pads! Still getting there!”

 

Serious question time. Would you rather have a dragon or be a dragon?

Be a dragon!! Come on!”

 

What is your proudest HOLLA-Moment so far?

“Launching Good Night Out, so so proud.”

 

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

“Don’t judge, and don’t assume.”

 

What are you excited about for 2015?

Holla::REV London!”

 

What inspires you in this work?

All the women I meet and work with who quietly get on with changing the world for the better, piece by piece. Who do it with calm, and composure and passion.”

 

And finally, in the year 2020, street harassment will be…

Will be high up on the political agenda, and will be frowned upon by society. Will be hugely diminished since we all started shouting about it years ago!

 

A big thank you to Julia from Hollaback! London. We are also *so excited* about the upcoming HOLLA::Revolution London. You can pick up your tickets today for the June 23rd event and catch local activists and performers taking on street harassment in London.

Holla and out!

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Hollaback!’s End of Year Campaign has Launched!

When was the first time you were harassed?
This year, we partnered with an amazing fourth grade classroom to talk about street harassment, personal space, and safety while creating #ensh artwork.
Starting on #givingtuesday, with every $500 we raise, we’re putting up one of their posters – with the goal of fully covering a public wall with their art! The campaign will run until December 31st – so please give today!

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Support Hollaback!’s #endsh work today at:https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/hollaback

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Nicole’s Story: “I felt like I did something wrong”

I went on a walk with my dog wearing long running shorts, an old, baggy t-shirt. A car full of high school boys was at a stop sign while I was a block ahead. They hung halfway out the windows and whistled and yelled at me. It wasn’t much but I was a 13 year old, innocent young girl and it scared the hell out of me. I felt ashamed, embarrassed for there were other cars in the intersection, and I felt like I did something wrong. I started running because I was afraid they would circle the block. I’ve been timid of walking alone ever since (it was a year ago), but finding Hollaback has given me the courage to know that I’m not alone and that I can stand up for myself.

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“Pretty” Short Film

Amazing short film from supporter Amy West! Thanks Amy! You rock!!

 

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What Hollaback Means to Me: Rita’s story

BY RITA PASARELL

When I heard of Hollaback a few years ago, my first thought was: “finally!”  I was so glad to see a place for people to share their stories and speak out against street harassment— a place where the issue was taken seriously.

I remember thinking back to when I was repeatedly, loudly,aggressively street harassed for almost two years by a neighbor who was more than twice my age. After many confrontations where I told him to leave me alone,I became so fed up that I decided to report him to the police.The first time I described his behavior, the police would not take a report.  No crime had taken place, they said.  I told the police how this man had pulled his rusty, broken-windowed van next to me as I walked down the sidewalk, shouting “get in!” after months of explicitly shouting comments about my body.  I told them he had been harassing other women, that I was embarrassed to walk in my own neighborhood, and that I was worried he would escalate. Ok, but did he touch you, they wanted to know.  He hadn’t. I went home.

It wasn’t until after my third visit to the police station, many months later, that this man was finally charged – with stalking.  I had given the police detailed lists of the street harassment I’d experienced, and I remember thinking “it shouldn’t be this difficult.”  The charge was ultimately dismissed.

Although I am frustrated that the legal system failed to hold a serial street harasser accountable for his inappropriate behavior, Hollaback’s work gives me hope that in speaking out against street harassment, our voices do have an impact, even if not immediately.Every shared story of street harassment says I do not accept this and joins with other stories to make it clear that street harassment will not be tolerated.  Hollaback reminds us that we don’t have to be silent, that our experiences deserve to be taken seriously, and also reminds the world to listen.

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