Our History

What is Hollaback!?

The real motive of street harassment is intimidation: to make the target scared or uncomfortable, and to make the harasser feel powerful. But what if there was a simple way to take that power away by exposing it? You can now use your smartphone to do just that by documenting, mapping and sharing incidents of street harassment. Join an entire community ready to Hollaback!

 

Our Mission

Hollaback! 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.

 

Our Vision

We envision a world where street harassment is not tolerated and where we all enjoy equal access to public spaces.

 

Why Hollaback! Matters:

Dedicated to fighting street harassment, Hollaback! has empowered people in over 62 cities and 25 countries internationally to respond through a smartphone/web application. Users are encouraged to speak up when they see harassment by quickly documenting it in a short post (photo optional) and sharing it to a publicly viewable map. Anyone browsing the stories on the Hollaback! maps immediately understands 3 things:

1) If you’ve been harassed, you’re not alone;
2) Street harassment is used to exert control over others by making them feel scared or uncomfortable. It is much more than individuals just acting inappropriately; and
3) There are street harassment “hotspots” in most cities, often centered around high pedestrian traffic areas.

Hollaback! provides comfort to those harassed, and proof that street harassment is a serious problem warranting a serious response from policy makers.
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If you would like to read more about the history and growth of the Hollaback! movement, please visit the main site.