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Reclaiming Spaces: Research on harassment in Oxford

We have conducted a survey on street harassment in Oxford, its prevalence and effect on the community. We asked about peoples awareness of street harassment, how they feel about it, and how often they have experienced it. We were also interested to see what effect experiences of harassment have had and the actions victims would … Continued

Reclaiming Spaces: event opening

We are exhibiting a range of works by local artists on the theme of ‘reclaiming spaces’ and to open it we are hosting an evening of entertainment and discussion about street harassment in Oxford. The Opening Evening Our evening of discussion and music will be free to all – so join us on 5th August at Fusion … Continued

International Street Harassment Week

Sunday 2nd April marks the start of International Anti-Street Harassment Week. Here at Hollaback! Oxford we have been working to end street harassment in the local area. Whether you are a local business, an individual, a student, or just passing through, we’d like you to get involved.

5 reasons we should share our stories

Harassment in public spaces is all too common, as 90% of British women report that their first experience of harassment occurred before they were 171, however victims very rarely speak out about it. So check out these 5 reasons why we should start telling our stories! 1)      To feel catharsis: Being heard feels good, and … Continued

5 reasons women stay silent on harassment

Street harassment is all too common. It can take many awful forms and its impact can be diverse and devastating. However victims of street harassment often are not able to share these experiences, and we have compiled a list of 5 key issues which can hold people back from speaking out.   Escalation or later … Continued

The importance of online ‘safe spaces’

What we mean by ‘safe space’ is simply a place that enables people to share their experiences, when they may otherwise be silenced. They are cast as the enemy of free speech. But the truth is that they are an important tool for empowering minorities and marginalized groups. The UK is unfortunately still dominated by … Continued

Brexit, political rhetoric, and racially motivated street harassment

Recently, I’ve been feeling alienated and disenfranchised. I no longer recognise the rhetoric of this country’s leaders, or the image of Britain they are trying to project, and I no longer feel safe.  A woman was physically assaulted as she was shopping on Oxford Street – the perpetrator pulling down her hijab. This is an … Continued

Harassment Is: a Hollaback! site leader’s perspective

I’m Miranda – I’m a co-site leader for Hollaback! Oxford. Hollaback! is a global movement to end street harassment or sexual harassment in public spaces, and we launched the Oxford site in July this year to end the issue of street harassment in our local area.   I’ve lived in Oxford for two years, but … Continued

Street harassment around the world

Take a look at the shocking figures around street harassment, which have been revealed by a survey conducted by Hollaback! and ILR School at Cornell University.