Hollaback!

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Location: 30 Third Avenue #800B c/o YWCA Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Mission: Powered by activists around the world, our mission is to make public spaces safer for girls, women, and LGBTQ individuals.
Results: Broken silences. More than 3,000 people have told their stories of harassment through our iPhone app, Droid app, and website, and over two million people have visited our website. Inspired youth leadership. What started as a New York City-based initiative has spread to, as of December 2011, 48 cities in 15 countries with more sites to be added soon. Our 150 site leaders are young and diverse: 75% are under 30, 50% are under 25, 44% are LGBTQ and 26% are people of color. Shifted public opinion. In total, Hollaback! received more than 500 media inquiries including the New York Times, the BBC, Washington Post, and NPR. In addition to this, we have 3,700 Twitter followers and 20,000 Facebook fans. When our site leader in Buenos Aires was threatened with rape by a prominent journalist because of her work with Hollaback!, 3,500 people from 75 countries signed an online petition to get him fired. Our efforts resulted in both Fiat and Lacoste pulling their advertising from the magazine, a public apology from the journalist and the editor, and ultimately the forced resignation of the journalist. Engaged elected officials: On October 28, 2010 the New York City Council held the first-ever in the world hearing on street harassment. Hollaback! coordinated a standing room only group of women and LGBTQ individuals and subsequently fielded more than 200 media queries. This inspired local legislators in New York City to make a $28,500 investment in Hollaback! Enabling us to develop the infrastructure needed to report street harassment incidents to NYC’s 311 information system -- truly establishing a powerful nonprofit and government partnership. In recognition of our early success, Hollaback! has received a number of awards and accolades. The organization was named a finalist in the Green Mountain Coffee “Revelation to Action” competition and in May of this year, Hollaback!’s Executive Director was named one of Women’s eNews “21 leaders for the 21st Century.” In addition, Hollaback’s E.D. received the “40 under 40” award from the New Leadership Council, and the organization was selected as a Top 10 finalist for the Young Nonprofit Leaders of the Year “Classy” awards. The organization has also been named an Ashoka “ChangemakHER” joining such social change makers as Melinda Gates and Fran Drescher. Further, when feminist icon Gloria Steinem was asked, “What women today inspire you and make you feel that the movement continues?” Steinem responded: “Emily May of Hollaback! who has empowered women in the street, literally” [HBO live chat, 8/16/11].
Target demographics: Women, girls, and teens; women of all ages; women ages 16-22; LGBTQ individuals
Geographic areas served: global
Programs: 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. 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 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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This organization addresses street harassment. Perpetrators of such harassment seek to disempower their victims. Holla Back provides a safe and supportive forum where the victims can really make a difference, while before Holla Back, they often felt that there was nothing they could do. Holla Back gives hope in a situation where there is no immediate course of action that will correct the injustice: if a victim ignores the harassment she feels powerless, if she confronts the harassment, she risks her safety. Holla Back is an essential part of the contemporary women's rights movement and is gaining momentum every day.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization empowers. By donating my time to support it, I empower myself and others. The feedback I get when talking to people about Holla Back is very supportive and people are glad to know that we are out there making a difference.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The actual results we've achieved so far.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed, intelligent activists.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help make streets and public spaces safe for women everywhere.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Hollaback addresses gender-based violence in public spaces, in a safe, easy and empowering way. We believe that ending sexual harassment and violence in public spaces will be the defining feminist issue for the current generation of activists, much like addressing workplace sexual harassment was decades ago.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

creating a new media platform to track when and where harassment happens, Hollaback will soon be an important catalyst that challenges social norms, engages communities, pushes for tougher laws, and eventually ends sexual harassment.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with Emily and the other Hollaback co-founders is rewarding and enriching. I'm so excited to help leverage my experience and their successful track record, to take this work to the next level.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, dedicated, experts in their fields and going the extra mile to make Hollaback a success!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

roll out a global engagement program, with comprehensive community organizing and education campaigns, that linked harassment activists around the world to realize systemic change!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Emily and the Hollaback! founding members are a super inspired and inspiring bunch of smart and fun activists on a mission to change the world, one Hollaback! at a time. And they really do get results! So it was easy to want to get involved and help take this awesome organization to the next level of success. It was collaborative, goal-oriented, and easy to get things agreed and done. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the response from supporters through social media, and word of mouth on the street.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Connect them with more people who have more money to give! Making revolution is not free, and it's a full-time job that's worth giving money to support!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people who are part of the organization and how passionate they are.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic, smart, working toward a similar goal, understood what's at stake, worked really well together.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Eradicate gender-based inequality and violence all over the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money!

One thing I'd also say is that...

Hollaback! is the new model for crowd-sourced revolution. Watch this space.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

When we founded HollabackNYC five years ago, we thought we'd be able to bring raise some consciousness in our city about street harassment. We had no idea the idea would take off the way it did, and now we're pushing forward to take the project to the next level by really giving women and LGBTQ folks powerful tools to respond to harassment, and to give Hollaback! the ability to build effective public policy and advocacy materials. The reorganization of Hollaback brings co-founder Emily May into the position of Executive Director, bringing a smart, savvy, and experienced leader in to focus on street harassment full time. The organization under her leadership has already developed a new website and iPhone app, a corps of volunteers, and an international network of chapters.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work as a boardmember and co-founder, witnessing the tremendous response from users and activists around the world, as well as from the media who highlight our work and thus raise awareness on street harassment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Hollaback is a unique and effective movement that is going to end street harassment with the right trust, support, and resources. I'm extremely proud to be a part of such a multi-faceted, comprehensive, and in-your-face approach to asserting women's rights to be on the street. Hollaback is badass- and I wouldn't change a thing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

How people have begun to think about street harassment in my own life, and how the reaction to my work with Hollaback has always been gratitude and respect for the project.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, excited, and happy to be a part of HB.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

seriously end street harassment through a culture of speaking up and out, and exposing those who disrespect others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Hollaback is great! I am so glad to be a part of a movement that helps women feel empowered to fight back against street harassment. With $10,000 we could change the way women are treated on the street.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By reading the comments on the HollabackNYC blog, I learned there is a community of people who have had similar experiences as myself. We should all feel empowered to do something against street harassment. We shouldn't be quiet anymore.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make sure Hollaback was fully funded and that we could complete the iPhone application by mid July 2010.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the sense of community. We're all in this together.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly driven and motivated. The staff and other volunteers inspire me.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the social landscape and make people feel safer on the streets.

Ways to make it better...

we could raise money faster. Completing the Hollaback! iPhone application is crucial and we need to raise more cash quickly.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and outreach. We need to continue to spread the word about this movement.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Hollaback! is an excellent organization. I can't wait to see how far it goes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Street harassment can be distressing and confusing. When I saw all of the stories on Hollaback, I was inspired to change the way that I responded to harassment. When we start telling our stories, we find that there is a lot to tell and a lot to connect with other people about. Hollaback helped me to see how pervasive and real this problem is.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

gaining the knowledge that I am not alone and I don't need to suffer silently. I think that Hollaback has great potential to shift societal norms regarding what we are expected to accept when we walk down a public street.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how every time I log in, my confidence goes up!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

completely change the social climate and uplift everyone around the world who has experienced harassment!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Hollaback has helped me in so many ways and has moved me to give back and help others in turn. Having a support network and the satisfaction of being able to turn to the website and submit a story and make public the details of sometimes traumatic and horrifying events is invaluable to women today. It is a shame the internet wasn't around in 1505 because women of that period would have found Hollaback just as essential.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My self-esteem and confidence. I have a powerful weapon in my pocket today when I walk down the street: my cellphone. Just knowing that I have the power to help end street harassment by participating in the movement helps me hold my head higher.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The smart, sexy, sassy women I get to work with every day.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Ambitious and brilliant.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open chapters in every country in the world and reach millions and millions of women who are groped, grabbed, spat upon, stalked, beaten, and humiliated in public every day.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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2010-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Hollaback! is an absolutely essential key in the burgeoning movement to end street harassment. Everyone has the right to feel safe and sexy in public, and the daily reality for most women means experiencing harassment, intimidation, and even fear from men on the street. Hollaback! is revolutionizing the way men and women think about street harassment, and empowering individuals to speak out and hollaback! Street harassment is at one end of a spectrum of violence against women, and it should not be tolerated by anyone. Getting involved with Hollaback! is an amazing way to join that fight.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own experience with street harassment. Hollaback! has inspired me to stop walking on or internalizing it when I'm harassed on the street. I can respond by snapping a picture, telling my story, and feeling empowered!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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2010-1-01

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Hollaback! is absolutely amazing. Using technology to combat street harassment is an elegantly simple way to address the most tangible form of discrimination that women in cities face on a daily basis. It is SO empowering to be able to respond to street harassment - something that makes you feel powerless - with a story that gives you a feeling of agency and community. This organization is full of fun, sassy women who commit countless volunteer hours to fostering community on the blog, fund-raising, and finding even more innovative ways to use technology.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life! The Hollaback! blog has literally changed the way I think about and experience street harassment every day. Knowing that this community exists makes it easier to deal with harassment and to confront my harasser when appropriate.

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One time

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2010-1-01

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