Hollaback! You have the power to end street harassment
Using mobile technology and best practices in leadership development, media advocacy and policy promotion, Hollaback Executive Director Emily May is determined to change the culture that accepts street harassment as the price one pays for being a woman or LGBT. Their website and innovative, free iPhone and Droid apps were used to document 3000+ stories of street harassment in 2011. Their goal is to expand international human rights advocacy to address gender-specific discrimination, violence and abuse and to hold governments accountable.
Because street harassment is a human rights issue that impacts so many people and because I have seen how much Hollaback has grown and accomplished. Their strategies work. What began as a simple blog in 2005 documenting incidents of street harassment is now a worldwide grassroots movement. Today, Hollaback has sites in 50 cities in 17 countries and 9 languages. Hollaback's legions of volunteers are diverse and committed. Seventy-five percent of site leaders are under the age of 30, fifty percent are under the age of 25, forty-four percent are LGBTQ, and thirty-three percent are people of color. Hollabackers believe that street harassment denies universal, safe access to public space and that through their efforts street harassment will end.