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We all deserve to feel safe in public spaces

As an organization dedicated to ending street harassment and making public spaces safe and accessible, Hollaback! Ottawa would like to offer our public support to everyone affected by the arrest and death of Abdirahman Abdi. It was a horrific and avoidable situation.   It is very clear that police interactions with people struggling with mental health … Continued

Orlando & #TheHateWeFaceIsEveryDay

Dear Hollaback! Community,   I am reaching out today with the heaviest of hearts. The tragedy in Orlando was one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States. It took place on Latinx night at the Pulse, and those we lost were mostly LGBTQ, mostly people of color.   We want to be clear: … Continued

Regarding the trial of Jian Ghomeshi

Hollaback! Canada joint statement We believe people who share their stories We stand in solidarity with Lucy DeCoutere, Linda Redgrave, and others who have bravely shared their stories. We stand with Kathryn Borel, Reva Seth, Zoe Kazan, and anyone else who has reported harassment or assault. We believe there are many stories that have not … Continued

International Anti-Street Harassment Week 2K16!

It’s International Anti-Street Harassment Week and we’ve got two stellar events lined up for you! Join us April 15th for a fun, engaging and informative night of talking street harassment and intersectionality. We’ll have a super talented panel of local folks talking about their experiences of harassment and we’ll chat about ways we can create … Continued

Happy St-Patrick’s Day!

A reminder that green beers are no excuse to be creepy to women. Party hard today, if that’s your jam, but don’t harass women in the pubs or in the streets. We all deserve a safe night of celebrating.

International Anti-Street Harassment Week!

We’ll be hosting a panel on street harassment and intersectionality (April 15th), a dance party (evening of April 15th) and a Chalk Walk (April 17th). Mark your calendars & join the Facebook event page to get all the details!

Happy HOLLAween!

We hope you have the best time tonight, whatever it is you’re doing! But remember: 1- Don’t culturally appropriate. It’s not cute; it’s offensive. 2- Don’t slut shame. We live in a culture that doesn’t allow women to wear anything “sexy” without judgement. So, if someone wants to go full sexy one day of the … Continued

Chalk Walk!

Street harassment is a gross truth in our city. The issue has recently been in the media in a big way thanks to local women who took to social media to call out a local “pick-up artist” who was harassing and cornering women in Ottawa. The result? #CorneredInOttawa We were interviewed by Ottawa Metro & … Continued

OC Transpo safety measures : We did it, folks!

On May 15, 2013 we hosted an open forum where we asked women to share their concerns about safety on OC Transpo. What we heard is in line with what we know about gender-based violence more broadly: it’s happening; it’s humiliating; people don’t talk about it and when they do? Their experiences are often dismissed … Continued