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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