Although we welcome anonymous stories on Hollaback Mumbai, since it is the launch of our ‘Main Hoon Na/I’ve Got Your Back campaign, I’m submitting my story with my name on it. Like many people, I am harassed every day, often multiple times a day. I do not see it as a ‘compliment.’ I see it … Continued
UPDATE: Four days after the attack, (and far too many blog posts and articles speculating about the victim’s dress, job description and character later) she has spoken out in the Times of India. * * * Let’s review. A female bar employee is abducted and gang-raped in Gurgaon, outside Delhi. Despite the fact that Section … Continued
HEY MUMBAI! Happy Holi to you all! We love this fantastic poster by Hollaback Chandigarh. This is a time of celebration and magic, but for many people we’ve spoken to recently, harassment is rampant during this festival. At Hollaback! we have noticed that the only thing that correlates with increased street harassment is increased population … Continued
In Johannesburg, hundreds of South Africans marched in protest of the harassment faced by two women who were physically attacked when standing at a taxi stand, apparently because wearing a miniskirt warrants harassment (it does not!) The harassers taunted them, groped them and took photos of them with their mobile phone cameras. Unfortunately, the harassers … Continued
HEY BOMBAY! We’re speaking at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences tonight on street harassment in India! Come along if you can! We’re talking about myths surrounding harassment, bystander intervention, do’s and don’ts when/if you choose to respond to a harasser. Check out the Facebook event for more information.
HOLLA BOMBAY! Here’s a great article on language and rape culture in post-colonial Asia by Gender Across Borders. And because we know that all this talk of sexual violence can be depressing, here is a HollaYAY! Nancy Rojas Pastelín, a woman in Mexico, told her story of harassment on a YouTube video when the local … Continued
HOLLA BOMBAY! We wanted to let you know about an amazing event that is happening this evening. Shilpa Phadke, Shilpa Ranade and Sameera Khan, authors of ‘Why Loiter: Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets‘ along with Annie Zaidi, author of ‘The Bad Boys Guide to the Good Indian Girl’ and Amana Fontanella Khan, author of … Continued
HAPPY NEW YEAR, BOMBAY! Change.org has just sent out a targeted email to its India listserv encouraging people to sign the petition that Hollaback!Mumbai has started in conjunction with Keenan and Reuben’s families. The petition demands justice for the brutal murders of two bright, brave young men and calls for recognition of the prevalence of … Continued