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: