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Last Update: October 22, 2012

Emily MayEmily MayFounder

Hollaback! is an international movement dedicated to ending street harassment. Powered by activists around the world, our mission is to make public spaces safer for girls, women, and LGBTQ individuals. Despite the fact that comments from "You’d look good on me" to groping, flashing or assault, are a daily, global reality for women and LGBTQ individuals, they are rarely reported, and are culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman, gay, or appearing different.

At Hollaback!, we believe that everyone has a right to feel safe and confident without being objectified. Sexual harassment is a gateway crime that thrives in a culture where gender-based violence is accepted as the norm. There is a clear legal framework to reproach sexual harassment in the home or at work, but when it comes to the streets – all bets are off. This gap persists, not because street harassment hurts any less on the streets, but because until now, there hasn’t been a solution. The explosion of mobile technology has given us an unprecedented opportunity to end street harassment, and with it, the chance to take on one of the final frontiers for women’s rights around the word.

Type: citizen sector

The Problem

In 2011 the CDC found that “non-contact unwanted sexual experiences,” including street harassment, are the most prevalent form of sexual violence for both men and women in the United States. Street harassment has been historically ignored by traditional media outlets – and has now risen to epidemic proportions, with epidemic impact. The long-term impact of street harassment includes depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as a reduced sense of safety within the victim’s community that can limit earnings, decrease mobility, and interrupt their ability to fully engage with civic life. In 2012 Hollaback released a study with Cornell University called “The experience of being targets of street harassment in New York City.” Among the researchers’ findings were two important conclusions: first, there was a perceived need for broad-based system-wide level of accountability from government, and second, everyday bystanders who intervened where more likely to make the harassment stop and bystander actions reduced trauma for the victim. Bystander intervention included behaviors a simple as a “knowing look” or “an empathetic statement that showed support.” Street harassment is a gateway crime and creates a culture where sexual violence – including assault and rape – are normalized. Using social media, mobile technology, and citizen journalism, we are now able to reveal the extent of this epidemic.

The Solution

At the core of our model lies the belief that movements start with people telling their stories – and they succeed with people taking action. Before the Internet age, there was only one mic, one podium, one speaker. But now, thanks to the proliferation of blogging and social media, it is no longer the loudest, wealthiest and most powerful who rule the airwaves: anyone with access to their local library’s internet portal can have a voice. At Hollaback!, we leverage technology to bring voice to an issue that historically has been silenced, and to build leadership within this movement to break the silence.

Example

We work with women, girls, and LGBTQ individuals to document in words and pictures, and to literally indicate on a map, where they experienced harassment in public spaces. Doing this provides a forum for individuals to share their experiences and brings attention to this long-ignored issue. Inspire international leadership: Much of Hollaback!’s power lies in its scalability. To scale effectively, we train young women and LGBTQ leaders throughout the world to use their skills to build a grassroots movement focused on ending street harassment. We train in the application of technology as we also work to ensure that their actions are strategic and high-impact. Shift public opinion: Our broad-based campaign is designed to reach the public at large by inspiring individuals to take action. We provide educational workshops to schools, universities, and community groups, and engage citizens through traditional and social media. Engage elected officials: We will present collected and mapped data to elected officials and policymakers in areas experiencing high incidences of street harassment and will engage legislators to work with our trained leaders to address street harassment in their communities.

Budget: $100,000 - $250,000

Marketplace

The upside of working on a historically ignored issue is that we have very few competitors. There are blogs, but they are not incorporated.

Team Members

October 22nd, 2012

We released two studies, and held a launch event in September 2012:

When Street Harassment Comes Indoors: A sample of New York City service agencies and union responses to street harassment.
Check out the study here: http://www.ihollaback.org/resources/research/fact-sheet-when-street-hara...

Key Findings:
Over 86% of respondents had received a...

October 22nd, 2012

We were honored to be named, please watch the video and enjoy!

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January 2nd, 2012

Introduction

Hollaback! is an international movement dedicated to ending street harassment. Powered by activists around the world, our mission is to make public spaces safer for girls, women, and LGBTQ individuals. Despite the fact that comments from "You’d look good on me" to groping, flashing or assault, are a daily, global reality for women and LGBTQ individuals, they are rarely reported, and are culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman, gay, or appearing different.

Studies show that up to 99% of women experience harassment at some point in their lives...

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Need

We need your support to take our organization to the next level!

A donation to Hollaback! is an investment in your values. You believe that people should be able to walk safely and securely down the street without being objectified. You believe that we all have a right to be who we are,...

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Need

Please vote for us to win the competition and spread the word!

http://www.changemakers.com/girltech/finalists#tab-section

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Challenges

Growth Tracker

Stage: Milestone 1 of 5
Start
11/17/11
End
Impact Report
State of the Street Report, 2011
Date 01/02/12
Introduction Hollaback! is an international movement dedicated to ending street harassment. Powered by activists around the world, our mission is to make public spaces safer for girls, women, and LGBTQ individuals. Despite the fact that comments from "You’d look good on me" to groping, flashing or assault, are a daily, global reality for women and LGBTQ individuals, they are rarely reported, and are culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman, gay, or appearing different.
Milestone
Launch "I've Got Your Back Campaign"
Date of Completion 03/20/12
Completed
Reconfigure iPhone and Droid apps to collect bystander stories
Completed
Partner with Green Dot to develop street-harassment-specific bystander curriculum
Completed
Secure location for launch event + "I've Got Your Back" music video
Completed
Train site leaders on how to impliment campaign
Achievement
Milestone Reached!
Date 10/22/12
Impact Report
Hollaback's Emily May named a "GameChanger" by Time.com!
Date 10/22/12
We were honored to be named, please watch the video and enjoy!
Impact Report
Hollaback Releases Research on Street Harassment in partnership with Cornell University
Date 10/22/12
We released two studies, and held a launch event in September 2012: When Street Harassment Comes Indoors: A sample of New York City service agencies and union responses to street harassment. Check out the study here: http://www.ihollaback.org/resources/research/fact-sheet-when-street-harassment-comes-indoors/ Key Findings: Over 86% of respondents had received a report of street harassment in the past two years from a client, constituent, or consumer, while 96% reported that they or a colleague had been targeted by street harassment
Achievement
Entry marked as finalist!
Date 11/07/12
Milestone
Launch "Everyday is a HOLLAday parties"
Date of Completion 12/29/12
Completed
Develop concept paper
In Progress
Identify 10 individual for initial pilot launch
In Progress
Establish Party Pack
In Progress
Hold 50 parties by the end of 2012, raising 5,000
Milestone
Pilot Campus Harassment Initiative
Date of Completion 12/30/12
Completed
Develop resource guide for colleges
In Progress
Reach out to colleges to pitch concept
Completed
Pilot iniative with one college in Spring 2012
Completed
Expand initiative to 3 additional colleges in Fall 2012
Milestone
Connect apps to NYC's 311 system
Date of Completion 06/30/13
In Progress
Set up partnership meeting with 311, define scope of project
Completed
Identify a developer to complete apps
In Progress
Identify a corporate marketing partner to fund the messaging
In Progress
Develop and impliment a comprehensive press plan
In Progress
Launch apps
Milestone
Grow to 100 sites internationally
Date of Completion 12/31/13
In Progress
Provide three orientations per year
In Progress
Do outreach into underrepresented areas, esp. Asia and Africa
In Progress
Provide high-quality ongoing webinars
In Progress
Improve inter-site communication and systems of mutual support
Milestone 1
Grow to 100 sites internationally

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Numfor Alenwi profile img
Fri, 11/18/2011 - 04:36

Its a good project and I will like to follow your success report.

Emily May profile img
Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:01

Thanks Numfor! We'll keep you posted. Please vote on our project: http://www.changemakers.com/girltech/finalists#tab-section

Aditi Shekar profile img
Fri, 11/18/2011 - 23:51

hi emily, i'd suggest connecting your need for graphic designers (on your profile) to your changeshop so folks can better understand why you're asking for them. just a useful suggestion to see this idea grow - i think it's great!

Emily May profile img
Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:01

Done! Hope you're well Aditi!

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