HollabackPHILLY is a local branch of the international Hollaback! Network, dedicated to ending street harassment (gender-based harassment in public by strangers). Street harassment also includes gender based harassment at conventions, where the behavior goes unchecked just like on public streets. HollabackPHLLY is currently focused on helping conventions draft comprehensive anti-harassment policies, train their volunteers to sensitively and successfully enforce those policies, and work with conventions on internal recording and reporting policies. Stop by our table to hear about how the project is going, and see how you can get involved in helping make geek culture more supportive and inclusive!
HollabackPHILLY’s Creative Director, Erin Filson, created and released the first ever anti-street harassment comic book, Hollaback: Red, Yellow, Blue. This project furthers HollabackPHILLY’s public education campaigns by providing an accessible, United Nations approved way to reach youth and engage them in the discussion of street harassment, rape culture, and gender based violence. At the same time, this project helps chip away at the glass ceiling in the gaming and comic book worlds by creating a woman themed, woman created online and hard copy comic book.