“Now I have a worldwide community of people whom I not only feel get me, but whom I completely respect, can laugh with, can lament with, and with whom I can enjoy the beauty of unequivocal and mutual support in daily life and activism. “ – Gail Whitmore
After her relocation to the Czech Republic due in part to her negative experiences with street harassment in New York, Gail Whitmore was “simply overjoyed” to join Hollaback! While it is a challenge running the organization as a non-native, Gail explains that “safety, respect, equality, self-esteem and an overall sense of happiness have less to do with the policies of the United States than with the basic tenets of humanity.”
HollaBack! Czech / Ozvi se! participated in a wide variety of events this year, including a V-Day production of “The Vagina Monologues” with 71 volunteers from 11 different countries! In addition HollaBack! Czech / Ozvi se! was active in Prague Pride, delivered a workshop for Queer*Fem Days in Sankt Poelten, Austria and represented at the European Parliament in Brussels alongside three other HollaBack! sites to try and further the cause of ending gender-based violence. HollaBack! Czech / Ozvi se! was also honored to be a recipient of a grant of $1,000 from Worldwide Visionaries to use towards strengthening the visibility of their site and the volume of their voice. In the next year, HollaBack! Czech / Ozvi se! is focused on building its relationships with Czech NGOs in order to take the safety of all people in public spaces to the next level.