Month: November 2011

Hanna’s Story: Not OK

Everyone says Holland is so liberal, so open-minded. Also that sexist harassment is nil here. Combine Sexist with Racist. Happy Racists. This happens to me where I live, once a week, but here’s a specific example: I am on my bicycle on my way to the grocery store. Two teenage boys ride on either side … Continued

A Rose By Any Other Name: Afghanistan’s Answer to SlutWalk

By Rebecca Katherine Hirsch On July 14 of this year, co-founder of Young Women for Change, Noorjahan Akbar and 25 others prepared to embark on a rare journey through the streets of Kabul: the organization’s first march against Street Harassment. Student Noorjahan wrote in her New York Times Opinion Pages blog: “Every woman I know, … Continued

Hyatt Housekeepers Sexually Harassed and Sacked: Justice is Just a Click Away

Sisters Martha and Lorena Reyes arrived at the Hyatt Santa Clara, where Lorena had been employed for 24 years and Martha for 7, during “Housekeeper Appreciation Week” to find degrading, sexually suggestive images of their faces photoshopped onto bikini-wearing cartoon women. Humiliated and outraged, Martha removed the offending articles and refused to return them to … Continued

Lindsey’s Story: Creep

I left my apartment at about 5:50pm to walk my dog, and it was already pretty dark. Since she had been inside all day, I decided we could walk around to Long Meadow so she could get some exercise. As we started walking that way, a man on a bicycle rode past us from behind. … Continued

Paulina’s Story: Anger and frustration

Groping and verbal harassment to women is, unfortunately, very common in my country, México. I’m 28 years old now, and I was 13 when for the first time in my life a man showed me his genitals in the bus. Back then I couldn’t do anything but start crying. Since that day on, that has … Continued

Playing Word Games- “Eve Teasing” in Bangladesh

BY OLINDA HASSAN “Eve teasing”, or sexual harassment is problematic in Bangladesh, especially when we want to talk openly about the aggression South Asian women face day to day on the streets. The phrase has a biblical link- it refers to Eve, the tempting, beautiful woman who inevitably attracts attention from men. So, while “eve … Continued

Meet Some Trailblazing Transgender Individuals

BY VICTORIA TRAVERS Yesterday, on the 13th International Transgender Day of Remembrance, we spared a quiet moment to not only mourn the loss of murdered transgender individuals but to raise awareness of the daily dangers and struggles faced by transgender people all over the world. This annual event began 13 years ago following the brutal … Continued

Transgender NOT Transgendered!

BY VICTORIA TRAVERS According to the GLAAD website at least one transgender person is murdered and several more assaulted every month, with 55% of transgender youth having reported being physically attacked. It is also even more saddening to learn that over 50% of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals have attempted suicide. So HollaPeople, in light … Continued

Smile, You’re On Camera: Now Let’s Arrest You!

BY VICTORIA TRAVERS Have a good look at this dumb-ass, waste of skin caught on CCTV having groped a woman as she was boarding the M train at Broadway-Lafayette on the morning of November 10. The perpetrator is said to be a 35-year-old man with a large build, carrying an iPad and wearing a backpack. … Continued

Occupy Denver Signs Hollaback! Right to Occupy Safely

Occupy Denver has now joined numerous other organizations standing in unity with Hollaback! and those working on the ground at Occupy to allow everyone to feel safe and confident in occupied spaces. The news comes following numerous complaints across the U.S about harassment at the Occupy movements. In Occupy Denver alone there have been reports … Continued