Holla: Revolution – global street harassment conference – is coming to London 23rd June!

On June 23rd, let’s take the conversation to the next level at the first ever international HOLLA::Revolution event in London!


This evening event kindly hosted at the Amnesty International Human Rights Centre will see leading thinkers and activists in the field expand the definitions of street harassment and discuss what each of us can, and is doing, do to create real on-the-ground change in our communities.

Join us!

Confirmed speakers and performers include:::

– Laura Bates from Everyday Sexism,
– Emily May, executive director of HollaBack!
– Susuana Antubam, NUS National Women’s Officer
– Hollaback! site leaders from around the world putting issues in their local context, from the Bahamas to New Orleans and beyond!
– Bryony Beynon and Julia Gray, discussing Hollaback London, our advisory work on Project Guardian and the Good Night Out Campaign

A one off special interactive musical performance from Richard Phoenix and Jennifer Calleja of Sauna Youth

+ Lots more!

Tickets are free for students/youth eighteen and under, reserve one here:

Tickets for adults/organisations are pay what you can (donations can be given at the door).

Any questions about the event can be sent to: [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you there and for a drink afterwards!

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It sickens me that men think that they can intimidate women so easily, it’s almost like second nature to them.

New submission from Ruby

So this happened a few weeks back, in a street not far from Covent Garden.
Myself and my 3 best friends (we are all 17) were walking back around 11.30 and decided to cut through a street to get to the bus stop. The street was fairly narrow and there wasn’t really anyone about but ourselves. As we got half way down the street a group of 4 guys were walking towards us (about the same age, maybe a year or two older). We didn’t think anything of it and just continued to walk along, as they approached they decided to stand and block our path, seeing as it was a narrow street, this was possible, and one said “Alright ladies! Where we off to, want to come with us?”. We pushed pass them and ran out of the street. Although there was no verbal harassment it was still very frightening. It sickens me that men think that they can intimidate women so easily, it’s almost like second nature to them.

I've got your back!

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He said “say thank you” and then louder “SAY THANK YOU!”

New submission from Mary Ellen

Just now on campus, an older man came up behind me and said “I like how you walk” I turned around startled and he repeated “I like the way you are walking”. I muttered thanks under my breath, hoping he would walk away, but I guess he didn’t hear me because he said “say thank you” and then louder “SAY THANK YOU!” I stared him down and didn’t say a word, even though I was scared of his aggressive attitude.

I've got your back!

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“‘That’s right, I said it for no f*cking reason…”

New submission from Lucy

Walking out of Tesco, very tall man in the aisle next to man looked at me and said ‘fucking white bitch’, I say ‘excuse me?’ and he responded with ‘you’re a fucking white bitch’ I start to walk away, he leans out of the store to say ‘that’s right I said it for no fucking reason you fucking white cunt.’ Nice!

I've got your back!

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Bus, Verbal

A drunk man walks over, leans his face in really close to mine and just watches me eat.

New submission from Kayleigh Llewellyn

It’s 11pm, I’m stood alone at a bus stop, listening to a podcast and eating a cheeseburger – as is my right, we all need a cheeseburger now and then.

A drunk man walks over, leans his face in really close to mine and just watches me eat. I decide to ignore him.


Man: Can I buy that burger off you?
Me: No, but McDonalds is right there.
Man: I want that one.
Me: Sorry.

I turn my back and return my headphones to my ears.

Man: Where’ve you been out? … I said, WHERE’VE YOU BEEN OUT?
Me: Sorry, I’m listening to something.

He moves so that he can continue to stare in my face, intimidatingly close.

Man: What bus are you getting?
Me: I’m sorry, I don’t want to talk to you, please step back.
Man: Don’t be like that. I need help finding my bus.
Me: Cool, there’s a screen right here.
Man: Why don’t you come home with me?
Me: No thank you.

I walk away from the bus stop and stand about 10 metres away. He follows me.

Man: So you had a good night?
Me: I don’t want to talk to you.

My bus pulls up. I get on, lo and behold he follows me. He sits next to me so I get up and climb to the top deck. He follows and sits in front of me.

Man: Oi, what you doing? Come sit by me.
Me: *I snap* You need to stop right now. I’ve told you I don’t want to talk to you. Stop. Now.

At this point two men nearby hear the tone of my voice and look over with a bit of, “mate, leave it out.”

I’ve since had to go 10 minutes beyond my bus stop in case he got off at the same time as me and followed me

I just can’t imagine ever thinking I had the right to intimidate a person like that? I wish that was a rarity, sadly it’s not.

This is the back of his head, just by the by…

I've got your back!

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Groping, Verbal

No wonder people think women can be mean when really you’re just f*cking scared.

I love summer but I also find that it’s also the peak time for harassment. I get a lot of unwanted male attention on my commute into and out of work. This can include behaviour such as staring at me, my chest area, legs, or bum, verbal harassment, asking me out several times, swearing and being aggressive, stopping me and following me and even touching or grabbing. Its so stressful. No wonder people think women can be mean when really you’re just fucking scared.

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Van Man shouter

Walking down Ingatestone High St on my way back from the Post Office at 9:40 on 24 April 2015, when a white guy in a van – Reg no KN15 NGV – shouted abuse at me, slowing down to do so. He also had to look back at me while he was shouting (since he’d partly driven past me) so he was also not keeping an eye on the road.

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Cycling, Verbal

“F*cking bitch, I am going to f*ck you!”

New submission from Julia

I was out for a bicycle ride on a Sunday afternoon, around 5:30pm. At some point I arrived at an intersection point and, as I realised I had taken the wrong street, turned back. There was a group of teenagers standing by the intersection, under a bridge. One of them got on his bike and followed me. He overtook me and while he did so I heard some gurgling sound, like he had stuck his tongue out. He rode for a while ahead of me, and then at some point he stopped, facing me, and just when I came by he shouted heinously “Fucking bitch, I am going to fuck you!” and then just rode off quickly in the opposite direction, probably back to his friends.

I've got your back!

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