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Tomorrow 22/11/13 our colleagues at The British Transport Police are running a public engagement event at Victoria, Waterloo and Kings Cross stations between 12.30 and 2.30pm, look out for the staff and volunteers in yellow t-shirts handing out oyster card wallets and info on Project Guardian – an initiative we are working on to make public transport safer for Londoners. Safe travels everyone!
EXCITING NEWS! The University of London Union are starting up their very own campus-based Hollaback! The site is due to launch next month and ahead of this they are planning a social on November 16th, check out the facebook event and flyer below. We will be there in full force and it would be great to see some of you there supporting ULU’s amazing project. Tickets are available here. The ULU women are also setting up an exhibition space called Playhouse Gallery with a focus on liberation group exhibitions and a campaign launch scheduled for 6pm on November 9th-more info on that to follow. Get in touch with us or Susuana who is heading up the ULU Hollaback! project on email@example.com
We will have a dedicated Hollaback ULU page here on this site very soon and keep you all posted on the launch!
Interesting survey here on the commonplace practice of workplace sexual harassment.
Thanks to Rebecca Suner for writing the piece!
We are working with Jess Franses, a researcher at a production company pitching a project about creep-shots and ‘upskirting’ to channel 4, and she wants to hear from you about your experiences.
“My name is Jess and I work in development at Wild Pictures, an award winning documentary company based in London specialising in intelligent and high-end factual programming for the major UK broadcasters. Please do have a look at our website which, although a little out of date (we’re currently in the process of updating it), contains more information about us and the kinds of films we make: www.wildpictures.co.uk”
It’s a great opportunity to help expose and challenge what has become an all too common form of sexual violence. We know it can be hard to re-live difficult experiences, but if you feel up to it, please feel free to get in touch with us, or directly with Jess on +44 (0)20 3227 4930 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a chat. You can share as much or as little as you like, and can choose to remain anonymous. We at Hollaback London will be going on camera to talk about the issues in a video Jess will pitch to Channel 4. There is no obligation to get involved any further than just telling your story over email if that’s all you feel comfortable with.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions at email@example.com
Julia and Bryony
On Friday June 14th at 3pm Hollaback London will be giving a short talk about street harassment at Goldsmiths College in New Cross (map) as part of a schedule of events around street harassment awareness raising organised by Fine Art student Lauren Aldridge. For more information check the facebook event Come along!
Hollaback London have been invited back for a second year to take part in Queen Mary University’s amazing feminist festival, Festival 51. We will be delivering a workshop on the evening of Tuesday March 19th between 7 and 8PM at Room 2, Students’ Union Hub 329 Mile End Road London, E1 4NT The event is open to all, and the reception desk at the SU Hub will be able to direct you upon arrival. This will be a relaxed, informal event intended to generate some discussion around street harassment, offer ideas about what we can all do to tackle the issues, and how to get involved in the growing global anti-street harassment movement. There are more details to be found here and check out the poster below for all the other amazing events happening as part of Festival 51. We hope to see some of you there!
The second issue of our journal ‘Langdon Olgar’ is out now! For more information look here. To buy a copy go here. We accept submissions on an on-going basis, please send contributions for future issues to firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Monday, saw 300 women, and one very brave small child take to the cold, windy streets of Cambridge to participate in the city’s own version of the nation-wide anti-rape march Reclaim the Night. HollabackLDN’s Julia went up to give a talk at King’s Chapel where the women, joined by the men’s solidarity march wound up and reflected on the progress made, and the fight we still need to fight.
The UK incarnation of Reclaim the Night first came into existence when, during the sex attacks by the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ Peter Sutcliffe in and around Leeds in 1977, the police response-issued only after the first non sex-worker victim was claimed-was to implement a curfew for women to ‘keep them safe’. Women took to the streets to fight for their right to walk their own streets and challenge the still accepted social construct which posits that women are responsible for not getting themselves raped, as oppose to men are responsible for not raping. Thirty-five years later, little has changed but we are still making our voices heard.
Read this great article on the event by Lauren Steele for the Cambridge Students paper here