Anti Street Harassment Week 2016 Press Release

April 7th, 2016

For immediate release:

 

Local Organizations Hollaback and Good Night Out Celebrate International Anti-Street Harassment Week

Join sister organizations Hollaback Vancouver and Good Night Out Vancouver as they celebrate 2016’s International Anti-Street Harassment Week by bringing art, awareness and safe party culture to our city.

Hollaback Vancouver will be hosting two body mapping workshops which will explore the lasting effects of street-harassment and gender-based violence that are left on targets. Body mapping is an art therapy technique which asks participants to think critically and locate where, on their body-shaped canvas, they feel certain emotions or reactions. The workshops presented are a variation created by Hollaback Vancouver organizers that deals with public harassment and perceptions of safety in Vancouver. It is an interactive and therapeutic way to explore the climate of safety, especially in light of the recent increase in assaults of a sexual nature in our community. They will take place April 10th at 2pm  and April 12th at 6:30pm in Gastown. Preregistration is mandatory, and more information is available on Facebook. Hollaback is currently seeking a public venue to display the art following the workshops in the hopes to invite discussion about safety and access to Vancouver’s public space.

Good Night Out Vancouver will be throwing an inclusive, body-positive dance party to celebrate at the end of International Anti-Street Harassment Week. Good Night Out Was Here will be a fun, feminist, harassment-free party that will celebrate some of the city’s finest female and gender-positive DJs, movers and entertainers. Hosted by Red Gate Arts Society (855 E Hastings St.), funds from the party will go to Good Night Out Vancouver’s future campaigns and events. Good Night Out Was Here will be a judgement-free space, filled with positivity and support. You can find out more on the Facebook event.

Hollaback is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world.  We work together to better understand street harassment, to ignite public conversations, and to develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces.

Good Night Out Vancouver is a local campaign that’s working to tackle harassment in bars, venues and clubs. GNO believes a cultural shift is necessary to end this behaviour, and has emerged in response to concerns raised around our nightlife community. It challenges the Vancouver industry to respond to patrons that demand increased inclusivity and diversity in the party culture.

Contact:

Stacey Forrester

Hollaback Vancouver & Good Night Out Vancouver

[email protected]

https://www.facebook.com/hollabackvancouver

https://www.facebook.com/goodnightoutvancouver/

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