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?
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!