“Being a part of an international movement for 2+ years has been a truly amazing experience. Being able to finally MEET these amazing people and having the space to talk and knowledge share far exceeded my expectations. Creating a space for those same individuals to be re-energized and supported is crucial to the viability of this movement.” -
8 site leaders from around the world, including New Orleans, Nassau, London, and New York were able to attend the HOLLA::Revolution site leader retreat. The retreat included in depth training on strategic planning and engaged site leaders in human centered design principles to map out their leadership goals for the year. We had over 100 girls and women in the audience at the speaker’s series and had 10 speakers present at the event.
Estimated girls & women affected
t’s difficult to estimate the reach of an event and workshop series. We know that, as site leaders gain leadership skills and set goals for their communities, they create on-the-ground actions and workshops that engages their local constituents. The event was livestreamed, and viewed worldwide. We also use all of our video recordings from the event in our workshop and school trainings, reaching a large number of girls and women. In addition, We had over 815 impressions on social media through the #hollarev campaign. This is a first step for many individuals who are beginning to examine street harassment and looking to delve into it more seriously.
Estimated community members affected
On June 23rd, 2015, Hollaback! held the 4th international conference on street harassment, HOLLA::Revolution! This year marks the first time that HOLLA::Revolution was held in London, UK and featured local and international leaders in the fight against street harassment and online harassment.
The event featured an amazing list of speakers and performers, including: Laura Bates, Sauna Youth, Nicola Briggs, Hollaback! site leaders, and more! The speakers series, held at the Amnesty International Human Rights Centre, sold out with over 125 supporters in the audience. It was livestreamed on Hollaback!’s youtube channel to increase access for folks who were unable to attend the event.
Once the speaker’s series concluded, we began our Site Leader Retreat, running from June 24th-26th. We had 8 site leaders from around the world sign up to attend. We engaged in human-centered design principles to map out the future of the movement, provide leadership training, and create strategic timelines and goals for our communities.
“Being a part of an international movement for 2+ years has been a truly amazing experience. Being able to finally MEET these amazing people and having the space to talk and knowledge share far exceeded my expectations. Creating a space for those same individuals to be re-energized and supported is crucial to the viability of this movement.” - Julie LaLonde, Hollaback! Ottawa
Risks and challenges
Planning an event in London, while being based in NYC, had its distinct challenges - including being unable to see the venue or meet with speakers. We’ve relied heavily on our amazing Hollaback! London team to give us advice on venues, speakers, and formatting. This meant a lot of online meetings and check-ins for the team. However, with their collaboration, we were able to work together to create an accessible and engaging event! In fact, this challenge brought us closer to our London team - a group of inspiring activists, and helped both teams broaden our understandings of what street harassment looks like outside of our local contexts.
What we’ve learned
Moving HOLLA::Revolution to London created greater accessibility for site leaders who had been unable to travel to NYC in the past. The change of location proved to be a huge incentive for many new folks to attend and participate, but London is also an incredibly expensive city. Although site leaders were eager to go, we were not able to secure adequate travel funds to support them and many who were eager to come were unable to as a result. Moving forward we need to find better solutions to securing travel funding for our site leaders. In addition, we hope to hand off leadership of events like this to local teams (like Hollaback! London) so that we can more seamlessly expand this program.]
Now that the event and workshop series has ended, we’ll be following up with our site leaders to ensure that they have the tools to enact their new leadership goals. We’re in the process of revamping our site leader program -- a restructuring that includes deepening opportunities for our leaders ability to lead the global movement, through committees and regional coordinators,and improving our strategy and pipeline of engagement.
We used 100% of the funds for this project.
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Marketing and Signage
Hollaback! has just released all of the speaker videos from last year’s HOLLA::Revolution! You can check them out on their youtube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/HollaBackNYC
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A diverse, intersectional, and inspiring conference in London.
Why we care: Street harassment is the most pervasive form of sexual violence globally and the least legislated against. It impacts well over 70% of girls and women.
How we’re solving this: We’re planning HOLLA::Revolution, the second international conference on street harassment, by convening global leaders in London to work together and establish strategies and end this form of violence. We need your help!
Your support will bring 5 women to the event. In addition, it will cover costs of an event planner, travel for staff and participants, venue rental, food, marketing materials, and a videographer.
Julie Lalonde of Hollaback! Ottawa attended HOLLA::Revolution last year - “Being a part of an international movement for 2+ years has been a truly amazing experience. Being able to finally MEET these amazing people and having the space to talk and knowledge share far exceeded my expectations. Creating a space for those same individuals to be re-energized and supported is crucial to the viability of this movement.”
Last year, our attendees described the event as “diverse”, “intersectional”, and “inspiring”, and 100% of survey respondents stated that they would attend future HOLLA::Revolution events. The online social media campaign reached 1.8 million people worldwide on the day of the event, and the discussion has continued since then, sparking a tremendous amount of press from media outlets like AM NEW YORK and the Daily Beast.
This year, HOLLA::Revolution will be an opportunity for 10 hand-selected young innovators and leaders in the movement to end street harassment and share their work in front of a crowd of over 150 people. Among event attendees, 90% will come away with a better understanding of what street harassment is and 90% will come away with new ideas for stopping and responding to street harassment in their communities.
Another young leader who attended the conference last year said, “Hollarev was life-changing for me. I've never felt so supported and inspired by a group of people in my life. I left the retreat feeling like I had the power to make real change in the world.”
Together, let’s empower these young women to hollaback.