The Women’s Collective will host a workshop as part of the “Hollaback Movement,” an effort that began in Washington, D.C. to speak out against street harassment. Megan Lieff, who has previously led workshops on harassment, will come to campus on Monday, Nov. 8, to lead the workshop. Lieff will work with students at 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room to help the campus community find ways to end harassment.
What began as an effort in the nation’s capital has expanded to reach dozens of cities across the nation. Many cities have blogs where people can post their stories, allowing these individuals to gain support, as well as new ideas and ways to stop street harassment. Organizers say that women and LGBT individuals are often the target of this harassment; however, it is something that can only be eliminated when a community works together.
“It will help to educate and empower people to fight back against street sexual harassment, in the hope that one day it can be minimized or stopped in our country,” says Julia Leavitt ’13, who is one of the members of the Women’s Collective organizing the workshop. Leavitt first experienced the Hollaback Movement at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy conference at Hampshire College and couldn’t wait to bring the movement to Hobart and William Smith.
“We are encouraging all students to come,” explains Leavitt. “It is not just for women or LGBT students; it is open to everyone as a safe space.”