Radio — Hollaback: Fighting street harassment in Ottawa


On this week’s episode of Talking Radical Radio, organizer Julie Lalonde talks about street harassment and the oranizing being done to oppose it by the group Hollaback! Ottawa.

Street harassment is a new name for an old problem — that spectrum of ways that gender-based harassment and violence plays out in public places, from men being jerks to women on the street, on up to various forms of sexual assault. Hollaback! is an international network of local groups using information technology, social media, and an array of public pedagogy strategies to change the convesration about street harassment, to change policies, and to change behaviours. Lalonde is a founding member of the chapter in
Ottawa, and she talks about street harassment and about Hollaback! Ottawa’s work against it.

To learn more about Hollaback! Ottawa, click here. (Note the link in the top right corner of that page, which leads to information about how to start a Hollaback! chapter in your city.)

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