About

Who we are:

Hollaback! is on a mission to end harassment — in all its forms. We work together to understand the problem, ignite public conversations, and develop innovative strategies that result in safe and welcoming environments for all. We believe that we all deserve to be who we are, wherever we are.

MISSION:

Our mission is to end harassment in all its forms by transforming the culture that perpetuates harassment and discrimination.
We carry out this mission by building the power of everyday people to create safe and welcoming environments for all.

VISION:

We envision a world where all people have the freedom to move through public space, participate in civic life, and reach their full potential.
In this world, people will never face violence and discrimination as they walk down the street, go to school or work, sit in the park, attend a public protest, or participate online or in media.
We all have the right to be who we are, whatever that means that day, that hour, that minute.

Programs:

Global Site Leader Program

Hollaback! has trained over 550 young leaders to become site leaders in their communities. Participants receive six months of free trainings and monthly webinars on strategic planning, community outreach, technology, intersectionality, traditional and social media, volunteerism, and public speaking. Each team that goes through the gains the skills to run a site and engage in on-the-ground action. Once they launch their site, they become a part of the Hollaback! Site Leader Network for ongoing training and support.

The Site Leader Network has opportunities for ongoing training and support. We invite groups to join committees and provide input on the movement’s direction; committees include Diversity and Inclusion, Compassionate Communications, Ongoing Training, Technology, and Organizing. We ask mentor sites to become regional leaders to represent their region, coordinate local action and regional campaigns, check in with local sites, and set prioritizes for the headquarters.

Trainings and Workshops

We provide training in the following areas, including:

  • Bystander Intervention (in public space or at work)
  • Workplace Civility
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention (in public space or at work)
  • Digital Safety

We offer fee-for-service workshops (nonprofit discounts are available). We also receive grant and corporate funding to provide these workshops for free to those who are most vulnerable to harassment. For example, we’re training 20,000+ people across the US and Canada in bystander intervention to address street harassment in partnership with L’Oreal Paris — and we’re working with Caruso foundation to provide LGBTQ+ youth in New York City free bystander intervention training. To learn more about our fee-for-service training email [email protected] To see if you’re eligible for free grant-funded training, email us at [email protected]

HeartMob

HeartMob is a platform to help end online harassment. We believe that the freedom of speech online doesn’t mean anything if people are not free from abuse and harassment. Since Hollaback!’s founding in 2005, Hollaback!’s leaders have faced online harassment. At first the harassment took the form of emails calling us “carpetmunchers” and “dirty lesbians,” but eventually we began receiving rape and death threats. In 2013, fed up with being harassed, and angered by the harassment we saw happening across the internet, we decided to do something.

The premise for HeartMob is simple: we want to fight fire with water. Bystander intervention is a best practice for addressing all forms of violence, but so often when harassment happens there’s no one around to help – or if they are around they aren’t sure what to do. The internet solves some of these problems: when online harassment happens, people are almost always around, and if they aren’t around, they can quickly be summoned to show up. Through HeartMob, people can ask for exactly the kind of support they need, when they need it; and bystanders have the tools and resources they need to help in impactful ways. Our goal is to reduce trauma for people being harassed online by giving them the immediate support they need – and in doing that work, create an army of good so powerful that it can disrupt, and ultimately transform, the hearts and minds of those perpetuating online harassment.

Manifesto:

We all have the right to be who we are, wherever we are.

It’s time to transform the culture that perpetuates harassment and violence.

Let’s build a world where all people have the freedom to move through public space, participate in civic life, and reach their full potential.

In this world, those who have experienced harassment, like women, LGBTQ+ individuals, people of color, and people with disabilities, will feel safe as they walk down the street, go to school, sit in the park, attend a public protest, or participate online or in media.

This world will have more than just the absence of harassment. People will recognize each other’s full dignity.

We believe that love is an act of resistance, and that action is futile without community.

It’s time to build the power of people to have each other’s backs.

We all have the right to be who we are, whatever that means that day, that hour, that minute.

We all have the power to end harassment.