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This week Hollaback will host the second part of a two-part screening of Half the Sky. The first event was a great success and we look forward to discussion at the showing this Friday
The film does an excellent job of highlighting the struggles women face globally in obtaining an education–a right that often goes ignored.
Even in the U.S. access to a safe, healthy environment to learn is not something women can take for granted. Be it internal pressures from peers and teachers or the lack of support from schools themselves, school can be a precarious place for female-identified individuals.
But what many women and girls don’t realize is that there are more protections out there than you realize. Title IX, the landmark decision to improve sexual equality is more than women in sports. It protects women, men and people of all genders from sex discrimination, harassment and sexual violence.
Do you know your Title IX? This video is pretty much the best since it combines the Title IX basics and Amy Poehler’s (ahhhh friend crush forever!!) Smart Girls:Operation Nice has into an informative video letting you know your rights.
Hollaback recently conducted a look into harassment on college campuses. The results were interesting, but not necessarily surprising.
College attendance today is increasingly required for those wanting to succeed, but there are many factors that can make college a less-than positive experience for many. According to the study 67% of students reported experiencing harassment in college and 46% reported that harassment negatively impacted their experience in college. What about the twenty percent difference there? One has to wonder if those who didn’t say it was negative, reported that because of stigmas associated with college harassment, or perhaps even felt harassment was “to be expected.” Fear of reprisal and stigmas attached to reporting can be a major reason that many people don’t speak up when they experience harassment.
So what to do if you experience harassment?
But all of these tips can be complicated if you are in a situation with friends and peers, or even if your friends are the ones harassing you. What tips have you found most useful for deflecting harassment?
Do you think college harassment is an issue in Fredericksburg? What are your experiences?
Thanks to all those that attended and participated at our “Half the Sky” screening last Friday, we were so impressed by the wisdom and insight gained from our panelists and audience members. We’ll be meeting again to pick up the conversation on Friday, December 6 (7pm at the Downtown Library).
Just a reminder of where we are on The Internet. Make sure to keep staying connected to our Twitter, Facebook, and our main Hollaback page (you are here) for updates, stories, and related articles to street harassment. Last of all, Hollaback!! Share your story of personal experiences, stand to be a better bystander, and if you are still in the Holla-day giving mood- donate to our cause so our organization as an international whole can maintain this amazing work.
Join Hollaback! Fredericksburg and GIRL (Girls in Real Life) for TWO nights of a free screening of the documentary “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunities for Women Worldwide” at the Downtown Library. Each night will feature one hour segment of the film and followed by an hour of community discussion with a fantastic panel board. Panel members include representatives from RCASA, UMW, Empowerhouse, Rappahannock Area Office on Youth, and more!
Friday, Nov. 15: Gender-Based Violence
Friday, Dec. 6: Education
6:30pm: Doors Open
7-8pm: Film Screening
8-9pm: Community Discussion
Join your community in discussing how we can take action on these global issues!
All ages, All genders welcome
I was pumping gas at the gas station and the man pumping gas in front of me turns around and asked me if I was a “salesgirl”. Caught off guard and confused by the question, I must’ve given the man a weird look because he proceeds to comment on how I was dressed like a “salesgirl”… hand motions of the hourglass figure included (mind you, I was dressed in slacks and a button up shirt).
I just stood there and the guy quickly started explaining how he was in sales. At that point I told him I was not in sales, but in social work. He told me “good luck” and walked away.
Ughhh, so many things wrong with the situation.
There are two men who loiter between Lafayette Blvd and Lee’s Hill. They verbally harass me and other women conducting business.
Comments about breast size, skirt length and legs are made repeatedly.
Hollaback has the honor of being sponsored during this awesome Burlesque event! This is a charity-based burlesque, drag, and variety show hosted by local performs to celebrate healthy and consensual self-expression. There will be raffles, live music, $1.00 photo booths, and more to raise funds for Hollaback!Fburg, RCASA, UMW PRISM, and UMW FUC.
Burlesque performer and event coordinator extraordinaire, Ashley Markey, shares her words on burlesque etiquette:
“Burlesque performances thrive off of the audiences’ participation. The performers expect a bit of mayhem when they step on stage, especially as they take their clothes off. Sitting quietly and sipping your drink will make you look like the odd man out. Get involved and have some fun, but be respectful while you shout out and cheer. Burlesque performers, alcohol, and late nights in the clubs can sometimes bring out the worst in male audience members. While there is a certain amount of communication and give-and-take between burlesque performers and audience members, yelling derogatory comments or being disrespectful is only going to get you tossed out of the club by intimidating and often very strong bouncers.Clapping, cheering, and even whistling are all welcome at burlesque shows. Men who have been to burlesque shows will tell you, the more you yell and encourage the performers, the better the show will be. However, it is unnecessary to make inappropriate comments that rude and degrading to the performers. It is important to be mindful of your settings and to gage the audience, before making loud comments during the show.”
Hollaback! will host HOLLA::Revolution, an international conference to establish a global strategy to disrupt the normalization of street harassment, in New York City this July. The conference will bring together 250 leaders, who have been trained by Hollaback! to fight street harassment in their local communities.
Hollaback! has trained young leaders—who come from 62 cities and 25 countries—to build skills in on-the-ground activism and digital storytelling to create powerful change. Collectively, they have performed more than 25 research projects, met with 150 legislators, collected 4,000 stories, trained more than 2,500 people, held 50 rallies and walks, spoken with more than 750 media outlets, and brought the issue of street harassment into the limelight in their communities and on-line. But the power of the Internet only extends so far.
HOLLA::Revolution will have two parts:
We aim to create the next generation of feminist leaders, to develop a global agenda to end street harassment and to build the community support necessary for the movement’s long-term success. From California to Mumbai and London to South Africa, and all the way here in Fredericksburg, help us put an end, once and for all, to street harassment.
Check out this page http://www.catapult.org/project/building-power-end-street-harassment-0 and watch our campaign video!
and then DONATE HERE https://npo1.networkforgood.org/Donate/Donate.aspx?npoSubscriptionId=1006067
Be sure to Dedicate it to Hollaback Fburg!