Welcome to the Toronto chapter of iHollaback.org! The Hollaback!TO site officially launches today, April 15th, 2013. Here’s a brief rundown of what this site is about:
What is street harassment?
Unwelcome words and actions by unknown persons in public places that invade a person’s physical and emotional space in a disrespectful, creepy, startling, scary, or insulting way.
How common is street harassment?
– Stop Street Harassment 2008 survey: 99% of 811 women from 23 countries, 45 US states
– Academic studies in Indianapolis (early 1990s) and California Bay Area (late 1990s): 100%
– Community studies in Pakistan (2005), Yemen (2009), and India (2009): over 90%
– National studies in Canada (2000) and Egypt (2008): over 80%
iHollaback! is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world. We work together to better understand street harassment, to ignite public conversations, and to develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces.
The secret to iHollaback’s success? People participating in the discussion! We invite you to have a look around the site, check out the stories about street harassment that have already been submitted, and take a few minutes to write about your own experiences with street harassment in Toronto by clicking “Share Your Story.” Your story can be submitted anonymously, and it will help to spread the word about how street harassment is still a glaring, prevalent issue in one of the largest cities in North America. A crucial step towards ending street harassment is talking about our experiences, and this is where we need you to participate.
Got a story? Here’s how to connect with us:
Speak up against “Hey, baby.” We’ve got your back.