Welcome to the movement against street harassment. We’re so glad you’re here!
Hollaback! Amsterdam was started in March 2015 by a group of students and young professionals. As the Netherlands’ first online platform against street harassment, we have three main goals:
1. Name, shame and act– by providing an easy-to-access public space to share stories about street harassment, harassers can be called out and bystanders, community members and policymakers called into action.
2. Support and strategize– got a story of street harassment to tell? We’ve got your back! Our resources is filled with people and places ready to provide support and share strategies against future encounters.
3. Spread the word– street harassment might occur in an instant (or many instances), but we want to keep the conversation going, to get others involved and create a robust movement that can combat street harassment in our city..and beyond.
But what is street harassment?
We use the term ‘street harassment’ to describe any unwanted sexualizing or prejudicial behavior that makes you feel uncomfortable as a woman, person of color and/or LGBTQ person moving through public space. This might include: staring, leering, commenting, shouting, following, touching, grabbing, public masturbating, groping, flashing and assault.
This. happens. every. day.
Society perpetuates the idea that our bodies are public property, and that harassment, abuse, assault and daily fear is just the price we pay for leaving the house. We say: not anymore. We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe in public. No matter who you are, where you’re from, what you look like or what you believe in.
So what are we doing about it?
This site enables any to post their stories and pictures, regaining some of the power that’s lost in the moment of harassment, highlighting just how often it happens and where.
We work on changing attitudes and confronting the outdated cultural norms that say that harassment is ‘okay.’ Knowing that you are not alone; that this behavior is not just something you have to put up with, is the first step to making it unacceptable.
We work to create dialogue on the streets in our own communities by facilitating and leading workshops as well as speaking and debating at events.