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Hollaback! Wants You To Participate

Hollaback! Wants You To Participate

In honor of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Hollaback! is collecting 100 stories of street harassment.

What Is Hollaback?

From their website:

Hollaback! is a movement dedicated to ending street harassment using mobile technology. Street harassment is one of the most pervasive forms of gender-based violence and one of the least legislated against. Comments from “You’d look good on me” to groping, flashing and assault are a daily, global reality for women and LGBTQ individuals. But it is rarely reported, and it’s culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman or for being gay. At Hollaback!, we don’t buy it.

By collecting women and LGBTQ folks’ stories and pictures in a safe and share-able way with our very own mobile phone applications, Hollaback! is creating a crowd-sourced initiative to end street harassment. Hollaback! breaks the silence that has perpetuated sexual violence internationally, asserts that any and all gender-based violence is unacceptable, and creates a world where we have an option—and, more importantly—a response.

You Have A Voice

Pretty simple, really. You share your story of harassment with this organization, and they will distribute it, giving you a voice and also the power to have others understand what harassement feels like, and hopefully to inspire everyone – legislators, the police, other authorities – to take this issue seriously.

A Way To Combat Sexual Harassment

Find out how to contribute your story at ihollaback.org. But first watch the video they created especially for today, March 8, International Women’s Day:

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1:25AM PST on Mar 10, 2011

Rosemary G, I enjoy sex... Even though as a woman I am not supposed to. I think that is once again denying ourselves to only turn back the clock. I have a partner who is loving to me and passionte about human (yes including women's) rights. Why should I punish him in a way that will in the end do nothing to alter the comfort of misogynistic men out there? If we all stand up for our rights and not allow ourselves to be used in an objective way we will move forward. I as a victim of all kinds of gender based abuse know by embracing my own sexuality on my terms and accepting the perpetrator as the one who is wrong I empower myself no matter how others try to destroy it.
Sex is not a weapon, make love not war...

10:28PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

All women in the World should go on a massive " NO SEX' strike and see what happens!

11:47AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

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9:28AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Thanks

6:05AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Thanks, would have voted yes instead of leaning yes because I detest and refuse to use cell phones.

4:47AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Thanks for the article, I hope it helps women everywhere.
Although when I was younger, I worked for alcan at the library. A truck load of men drove by waving & whistling. A woman I worked with, told me later, she would do anything for that to happen just once to her in her life. Told her, you wouldnt like it.

4:26AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:02PM PST on Mar 8, 2011

people need to realize that there are boundaries, and to keep their hands to themselves.

5:05PM PST on Mar 8, 2011

I have no new story to add...as everyday when I went to or left work,going from bus to bus and waiting for the 6 different buses I took everyday,, to pay the bills and stay alive, I have had to hold my breath, calm my heart, walk with confidence and while "waiting for my transportation to arrive",be so aware of any footsteps coming up behind me! Been there, done that ,suffered and now the aftermath....! "Life is short God, why am I having to waste so much time, being afraid?..."
The only answer to all of our dilemas, the core of real solution, will be and is: EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION!, coupled with everything you are doing!
So be blessed my friends, as we all strive for freedom, in all of it's form. It's 2011! Celebrate the good, in order to empower all of our spirits, as we all move progressively forward!

4:24PM PST on Mar 8, 2011

Very interesting idea. Thanks for the post Judy M.

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