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Hollaback! Wellington is part of an international movement to end street harassment. Put simply, Hollaback is a network of blogs and several mobile applications. Through this technology, individuals can submit stories of their experiences of street harassment. We then mark them using the Google Maps API on a map of Wellington so that we can all see where these events occurred and begin to break the silence around this form of gender-based violence
Street harassment occurs every day in every city all over the world, and also in Wellington. But it’s rarely reported and often considered ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman or being LGBTQ.
The term ‘Street harassment’ is used to describe sexual harassment which takes place in public spaces, and refers to behaviour such as staring, commenting, shouting, following, touching, grabbing, groping, flashing, assault, and violence. At Hollaback! Wellington we believe that knowing that you are not alone, and that being treated this way is not something you have to brush off, is one of the first steps to making this behaviour socially unacceptable.