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HOLLABACK! GROWS TO 45 CITIES INTERNATIONALLY: New locations in India, Colombia, and Chile join the movement against street harassment

Untitled from Chad Sniffen on Vimeo.   The movement to end street harassment takes another giant leap forward today as an additional 11 Hollaback! sites launch internationally, adding to an already vibrant network of 34 sites across four continents. Each site is run by a team of local advocates who are deeply committed to working … Continued

Allowing Women in Saudi Arabia to Drive Will Cause Prostitution, Pornography, Homosexuality and Divorce: Say What?

 VICTORIA TRAVERS On Friday the BBC published a story documenting the fear felt by some Saudi conservatives and clerics, that allowing women to drive would “end virginity” as well as increase prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce. It is staggering that anyone, let alone more than a small collection of Saudi men, would be the bearers … Continued

Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

VICTORIA TRAVERS Listen up Hollafollowers the Violence Against Women Act is up for reauthorization and we at Hollaback! implore you to contact your Senators to make sure the bill gets their support. Since its inception 1994, the VAWA has saved countless lives, providing a lifeline for those that find themselves in situations of domestic violence, … 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

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