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Street Harassment: Getting the Message

Anna Kegler, Deputy Director of Feminist Public Works and HollabackPHILLY and founder of the Feminist Messaging Project, wrote an excellent piece for the Huffington Post about effective messaging for social change. This methodology and research were used to maximize the impact of our current public transit ad campaign.

An excerpt of the piece is below, but click through to read the whole article!

The following ads give examples of harassing statements, and pointedly shift the responsibility to respond from the victim to the bystander:

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Some of the ads focus on calling out a stranger on their behavior or giving support to a victim after the fact, while others focus on how we can react when those closest to us — our friends — are engaging in harassing behaviors. All of these ways of intervening are powerful and important. If we want to see social change around street harassment, we need to start building up social pressure both out in public among strangers, and privately within our inner circles. This means it’s time to start stepping in when we see harassment happening, because simply being a person who doesn’t harass is not good enough. According to the principle of social proof, our silence when we see harassment happening to others is easily read as acceptance, and reinforces in the harasser’s mind (as well as others witnessing the behavior) that the harassment is socially acceptable.

The shift from individual responsibility to a community sense of responsibility is commonly known as a bystander intervention approach, which has become a gold standard for gender-based violence prevention. Viewing the problem of street harassment as a shared responsibility is a revolutionary shift, not only because our culture emphasizes individuality at every turn, but because this shift puts the focus squarely on the harasser. If we’re active bystanders, ready to intervene, it’s because we see someone (the harasser) doing something wrong. What the victim is doing or wearing is not even part of the equation.

The full post is available here.

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Philly Cleanup Sweeps Up Street Harassment (April 5, 2pm at Love Park)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – April 4, 2014 – On Saturday, April 5, the city of Philadelphia will kick off its 7th annual Philly Spring Cleanup.  But there is more than just litter polluting our streets.

When the city ends its clean-up on Saturday at 2pm, members FAAN! (Fostering Activism and Alternatives Now!), HollabackPHILLY and their allies will gather in Love Park to “keep up the sweep up” and invite the city to help us clean up street harassment.  We will reclaim public space through street theater, double dutch, chalking, drumming, dance, costumes, a storytelling “soap box” and more. This event is part of a week long global campaign involving 24 other countries called “Meet Us On The Street: International Anti Street Harassment Week.”

Street harassment is a pervasive yet normalized problem facing people in Philadelphia and worldwide. In a 2013 survey conducted by HollabackPHILLY, 93% of respondents experienced harassment in the last year. 60% of those surveyed reported being harassed on a daily basis and 54% experienced harassment on their way to or from school or work, including catcalls, sexually explicit comments, sexist remarks, groping, leering, stalking, public masturbation, and assault. The LGBT community also faces this problem in record numbers. “Street harassment limits mobility, is a form of gender violence and violates human rights,” says FAAN organizer Chantelle Bateman.  Even Philadelphia’s law-makers recognize street harassment as a serious issue in our city, committing to actively work on our City’s street harassment problem after a City Hall Hearing on the issue last November.kapow logo.JPG

Contact:

Nuala Cabral                            Rochelle Keyhan

Founder, FAAN!                       HollabackPHILLY

Ncabral@gmail.com                philly@ihollaback.org

(401) 439-7650

FAAN (Fostering Activism and Alternatives Now!)  is a media literacy and activism project formed by young women of color in Philadelphia. Together with our allies, we seek to critique and create media, so that more diverse, fair and fully human representations of who we are exist. (FAAN is also known as FAAN Mail.)

HollabackPHILLY is the local branch of 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.

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Christine’s Story: Guy grabs her to force conversation

Guy walked out of a bar as I was walking past with my dog and grabbed my arm. He asked my name and I asked if I knew him and when he said no I told him he better let go of me right now. Reported to the police.

 

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April 2014 Anti Street Harassment Transit Ad Campaign

It’s that time of year again! The sun is shining a little bit more, we’re all outside walking around and trying to enjoy the (slightly) warmer weather — and the harassers are back in full force. But they’re not the only ones who are back! HollabackPHILLY, a project of Feminist Public Works, launched a new, expanded transit ad campaign – with more ads in the interior subway cars, ads on the subway platforms, and even ads in bus shelters across the city. Keep an eye out for the ads – show them to your friends, use them to start conversations with potential male allies – and let us know if you see an impact.

And, always remember – we’ve got your back!

A sneak preview of the ads is below – but to see a full slideshow of the full lineup of 18 ads, visit FeministPublicWorks.org. And please fill out this brief survey to let us know what you think about the ads!

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Sam’s Story: Stares, comments to themselves, and laughter, are still uncomfortable and scary

Yesterday I was walking to meet up with some friends. I passed by a construction site on 3rd and Poplar where a police man and two construction workers got really quiet when I walked by. When I got past them I turned around and caught the cop and construction workers staring at my butt, making gestures and laughing amongst themselves.

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HollabackPHILLY’s 2013 SEPTA ad campaign finalist for Avon Communications Award

We are proud to announce that HollabackPHILLY was selected as a finalist for the 3rd annual Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women for its outstanding work on an anti-street harassment campaign to bring attention to the need to end violence against women.

 

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A finalist in the Innovative Campaign Award category, HollabackPHILLY is one of 20 global organizations to be chosen as a finalist for the prestigious awards, which recognize outstanding communications campaigns that are helping change communities, policies, institutions and behaviors to end violence against women. The five winning organizations will be chosen by an expert panel of judges and announced at the end of March. Each will receive a US $5,000 grant from the Avon Foundation for Women to fund the continuation of their work.

 

Our SEPTA ad campaign last year, while small, garnered significant attention both on- and off-line. The full slideshow of the ads (below), includes the full 2013 campaign which ran inside Philadelphia subway cars on the Market Frankford and Broad Street lines:

 

 

As a result of the success of this small pilot campaign, HollabackPHILLY is currently preparing to launch an expanded ad campaign in April 2014, with ads in subway cars, on platforms in subway stations, and in bus shelters.

 

The top finalists were selected from more than 870 submissions to the Communications X-Change by 303 organizations in 78 countries, ranging from Albania to Nicaragua to Vietnam. The Communications X-Change is a digital global communications library that enables organizations and advocates throughout the world to find, share, and learn from the best communications material focused on ending violence against women and children. The Communications X-Change was developed and is managed by Futures Without Violence and funded by the Avon Foundation.

 

“The Avon Communications Awards are casting a spotlight on issues that affect one in three women across the globe,” said Carol Kurzig, Avon Foundation for Women President. “Communication and education are critical elements to ignite bystanders into action, and without public awareness and education, bystanders often do not intervene to help in abusive situations. We congratulate them on their selection as a finalist from a very competitive selection process with so many outstanding entries.”

 

“We commend HollabackPHILLY for their innovative use of communications to prevent and ultimately end violence against women and children in every corner of the world,” said Esta Soler, Futures Without Violence President and Founder. “Since the launch of the Communications X-Change, we’ve been continually impressed by the creativity and caliber of the submissions. These campaigns are an inspiration to the violence prevention community across the globe and a catalyst for change.”

 

Click here to see the full press release. The finalists and descriptions of awards are included below:

INNOVATIVE CAMPAIGN AWARD:

The Innovative Campaign Award recognizes innovative and original approaches to presenting messages about ending violence against women and girls through the best information technology, including mobile technology.

BREAK THE SILENCE AWARD

The Break the Silence Award recognizes communications campaigns that effectively encourage people to step in to help or speak out against violence against women to promote a shift in attitudes or practices at the individual, family or community level.

COMMUNITY CHANGE AWARD

The Community Change Award recognizes campaigns on ending violence against women and girls that involve the participation of both women and men, or girls and boys, to develop solutions to violence and discrimination against women and girls.

OUTSTANDING GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION AWARD

The X-Change Award for Outstanding Government Communication recognizes a Government or its responsible Ministry or Department, whether national, regional or local, for communications efforts and campaigns to end violence against women and girls.  It highlights the essential role that Governments play to end discrimination and violence against women and girls.

GLOBAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATION

The Global Award for Excellence in Communication recognizes a campaign from an international NGO in the violence against women arena that is global, multi-year, and creates approaches and messages that may be easily adapted in other countries.

 

To view the 20 finalists’ campaigns and other educational information about gender-based violence, please visit: http://xchange.futureswithoutviolence.org/pages/communicationsawards

 

 

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Human Trafficking in the USA: Daniel Velez, “The Federal Response to Human Trafficking in the United States”.

Join us February 27, 2014 from 12:30 to 5:30 pm for a TEDx style event discussing the complexities and nuances of human trafficking in the United States. Learn about the extent and scope of the human trafficking happening right here in our own backyards, the warning signs, what you can do to help. Coffee and light refreshments available during event, and cocktail hour with speakers follows event for all attendees. TICKETS REQUIRED.

Introducing Speaker:

Assistant US Attorney Daniel Velez

 This talk will not be available on the livestream, only at the live event.

After five years trying felony level cases at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Velez moved to the criminal section of the civil rights division of the US Department of Justice. At the USDOJ he investigated and prosecuted hate crimes, human trafficking claims, and other crimes implicating peoples’ civil rights, like violence at abortion clinics or instances of police using excessive force. Now an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennyslvania, Velez primarily focuses on organized crime with international ties.

Velez’s experience with trafficking cases started when he was at the USDOJ, and continues through to his work at the US Attorney’s office. One notable, recent case involved a human trafficking ring organized by a family of five Ukranian brothers in Northeast Philadelphia. They smuggled young Ukranian immigrants into the United States and forced them to work for no, or very little, pay. Their human trafficking ring operated over the course of several years between 2000 and 2007. People were lured to America under promises that they would be provided immigration paperwork, stable employment and room and board. In reality, people were smuggled into the United States through the Mexico-California border, brought to Philadelphia where they were housed five-to-a-room where they slept on dirty mattresses on the floor, and denied payment for the work they were forced to complete.

“The brothers used physical force, threats of force, sexual assault, and debt bondage to keep the victims in involuntary servitude. The brothers also threatened violence to the workers’ families who still residing in Ukraine. Two female workers testified at trial that Omelyan Botsvynyuk brutally raped them on several occasions.” When asked by press about the case, Velez said:

the Botsvynyuk organization made false promises of good-paying jobs, room and board. Instead, victims were threatened, beaten and held in involuntary servitude.

“This is the type of crime that hides in plain sight. It could be in a restaurant or in a store. In this particular case, these were folks working at a Walmart and Target and cleaning the floors.”

Join us on February 27, 2014 to hear Assistant US Attorney Daniel Velez talk about the federal response to human trafficking in the United States.

 

 

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Human Trafficking in the USA: Jen Horwitz – PA’s Policy Agenda

Join us February 27, 2014 from 12:30 to 5:30 pm for a TEDx style event discussing the complexities and nuances of human trafficking in the United States. Learn about the extent and scope of the human trafficking happening right here in our own backyards, the warning signs, what you can do to help. Coffee and light refreshments available during event, and cocktail hour with speakers follows event for all attendees. TICKETS REQUIRED.

 

Introducing Speaker: Jennifer Horwitz

Jennifer Horwitz is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Women’s Way. In this role, Horwitz oversees the organization’s public policy and advocacy initiatives, including lobbying, issue campaign development, and cultivating and sustaining community relationships. Jen has a background in government relations, grassroots advocacy, campaign strategy development, policy research, media advocacy, fundraising, and project management. Prior to joining WOMEN’S WAY, Jen worked for Amnesty International USA, The ALS Association of Western Pennsylvania, and the American Cancer Society.

In her capacity as Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Horwitz has testified at numerous government hearings about gender-based violence, including the Philadelphia City Council’s 2012 hearing on human trafficking, 2013 hearing on street harassment and the efficacy of gender-based safety audits, and she has coordinated numerous efforts that correspond with statewide bills to improve our state’s approach to human trafficking within our borders.

Join us to hear Horwitz’s talk about the anti-trafficking policy efforts in Pennsylvania to provide better resources for survivors and better policies for law enforcement officials to effectively end human trafficking.

 

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Human Trafficking in the USA: Lynly Egyes, Trafficking Survivors and LGBTQ Communities

Join us February 27, 2014 from 12:30 to 5:30 pm for a TEDx style event discussing the complexities and nuances of human trafficking in the United States. Learn about the extent and scope of the human trafficking happening right here in our own backyards, the warning signs, what you can do to help. Coffee and light refreshments available during event, and cocktail hour with speakers follows event for all attendees. TICKETS REQUIRED.

 

Introducing Speaker: Lynly Egyes

Lynly S. Egyes, Esq. is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Sex Workers Project in New York. Lynly provides legal advocacy, advice, and information to sex workers and survivors of human trafficking on a variety of issues, including immigration, criminal law, civil consequences of convictions and public benefits. Prior to joining the Sex Workers Project, Lynly’s career has focused on helping people in the margins, with a special emphasis on youth, LGBT and immigrants’ rights. She also managed the student leadership program at the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.

We are excited to announce Egyes’ talk about victims of human trafficking with a focus on the marginalization of LGBT victims. Her outspoken advocacy for the recognition and attention to the unique ways members of LGBT communities experience gender-based violence has led to talks at conferences and been profiled in the media.

 

 

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Human Trafficking in USA: Sarah Deer, Human Trafficking, Tribal Law, and Native Women

Join us February 27, 2014 from 12:30 to 5:30 pm for a TEDx style event discussing the complexities and nuances of human trafficking in the United States. Learn about the extent and scope of the human trafficking happening right here in our own backyards, the warning signs, what you can do to help. Coffee and light refreshments available during event, and cocktail hour with speakers follows event for all attendees. TICKETS REQUIRED.

Introducing Speaker: Sarah Deer

A member of  the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Sarah Deer focuses her legal work on violent crime on Indian reservations. She has co-authored two textbooks on tribal law and several academic articles on Native American women, and will be speaking at the conference about the trafficking of native women, and resulting legal and jurisdictional issues native women face when attempting to seek justice. To learn more about her work, read her article at Indian Country Today Media Network, referencing an Amnesty International Report, Maze of Injustice: The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence, in which she is frequently cited.

In 2013, Sarah Deer was named chair of a U.S. Department of Justice federal advisory committee designed to develop protocol for responding to sexual assault in tribal communities. She was appointed chair of the Office for Victims of Crime’s “National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (AI/AN SANE-SART) Initiative.” The goals of the committee are to “make recommendations to the Department of Justice for improving response to rape in tribal communities,” Deer said. “I hope that our recommendations will help shape policy for years to come.”

We are excited and honored to welcome her to the speaker series on Trafficking in the United States. Her experience and outspoken advocacy as an Indigenous Feminist will elevate the conversation about human trafficking, and the necessary sensitivity and awareness we all must bring with us to the table when discussing human trafficking and the various nuances in experiences of the survivors.

To learn more about Sarah Deer, visit her faculty biography page at William Mitchell College of Law.

 

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