What the heck have we been up to lately, anyway?!
For those of you that don’t follow us on Facebook, here’s a much needed recap of Hollaback! Houston’s latest activities:
- We were a Co-Sponsor for International Anti-Street Harassment Week 2014! The organization, Stop Street Harassment, has been coordinating this program since 2011. Many of the other Hollaback! chapters were able to participate as well and you check out the official “Week In Our Shoes” report at the Hollaback! main site.
Across the globe, during the week of March 30th – April 5th, activists hosted various events to get the public engaged in ways to end the acceptance of street harassment in their communities. There were so many creative ideas that sparked much needed conversation such as chalk walks, twitter discussions and wheat pasting. Click here for the complete rundown of events from meetusonthestreet.org.
- Hollaback! Houston kicked off the week with an event of our own on March 30th at Myth & Symbol in the Rice Village. We began our touring exhibit project of prints we have from artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh from her portrait series titled “Stop Telling Women to Smile“. See the flyer below for more info as well as the facebook event page.
Click here for more photos from the Stop Telling Women to Smile event. Don’t forget that the posters will remain up at Myth & Symbol until the end of April!
Hollaback! Houston is proud to have this collection of prints from Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Originally intended as wheat pastes, we wanted to have as many people see these powerful images as possible and decided to ask permission of local businesses to display the posters inside to reach a broader audience.
In a city like Houston where car culture is dominant, those who use public transportation, are pedestrians or cyclists tend to experience public harassment at a disproportionate rate and therefore it is not a frequently discussed topic. Our goal is to bring awareness to Tatyana’s project, support those who have had traumatic experiences with harassment and get people to think differently about the normalization and misconceptions of street harassment in our culture and internationally. Each location will host the prints for one month.
About the Art
Stop Telling Women to Smile is an art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. The work attempts to address gender based street harassment by placing drawn portraits of women, composed with captions that speak directly to offenders, outside in public spaces.
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is an illustrator/painter based in Brooklyn, mostly known for her oil paintings. Having recently branched out into public art as a muralist, STWTS was born out of the idea that street art can be an impactful tool for tackling street harassment.
STWTS started in Brooklyn in the fall of 2012. It is an on-going, traveling series and will gradually include many cities and many women participants.
Street harassment is a serious issue that affects women world wide. This project takes women’s voices, and faces, and puts them in the street – creating a bold presence for women in an environment where they are so often made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe.
- On March 31st, we partnered with Emiliano Diaz de Leon, a representative from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) to record a Google Hangout discussion on the responsibility men have in ending street harassment. Since 2008, “Emiliano has been working as a Men’s Engagement Specialist at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA), providing training and technical assistance on sexual violence primary prevention to rape crisis centers across the state. “
- Prior to both of these awesome activities, we had the opportunity to meet with some dedicated faculty members at Houston Community College…Mikki Novak and Jennifer Graves. These two are a powerhouse and are doing great things not only within the HCC community but throughout Houston as well!!! Hollaback! Houston participated in a tabling event at the HCC Diversity and Inclusion Summit on March 28th with a preview of our International Anti-Street Harassment Week plans.
Click here to see the rest of our photo album from the Diversity Summit on Facebook.
Many thanks to everyone that helped us have an amazing first International Anti-Street Harassment Week! We are thrilled to have so many new supporters and friends 🙂 WOOHOO!!