It's Time to Notice
Outdated stereotypes and gender inequality are major contributing factors, as is treating violence and abuse as normal in popular culture.
So, here are some places to watch for it in your daily life:
- Look for gender stereotypes in movies, TV, video games and other pop culture platforms
- Watch for gender inequality at work, at home and in the news
- Think about your language choices, and how the words you choose may further gender stereotypes
- Make more positive choices in the words we use and avoid phrases like: “Man up” “You throw like a girl” “Momma’s boy” and “Boys don’t cry”
- Watch out for abuse and harassment, if you see it online, on our streets, on transit, or in any public setting
It's Time to Speak
Words are important, and can help change hearts and minds. It’s time to speak up when you see inequality, gender stereotypes and harassment or abuse of any kind.
So, here are some ways you can speak up to help fight stereotypes, inequality and violence:
- Start conversations with your friends and family, and model positive language choices
- Say “I believe you” if anyone tells you they’ve been assaulted or abused
- Listen to their experiences, and ask them how they want to be supported
- Stand up to online bullies and trolls
- Raise awareness about these issues by sharing stories on social media and in real life
- Speak up if you see inequality, harassment or abuse at home, at work and in public
If you’re experiencing abuse of any kind, please tell someone. Your voice matters, and it’s the first step toward changing your life.
Here’s some more information about how to speak up to end gender-based violence.
It's Time to Act
Here are some ways you can take action to make your world a better place:
- Be an ally and a role model
- Put consent at the heart of all of your relationships and interactions with others
- Be an active bystander. Learn what to do if you see abuse or violence in action
- Don’t engage in violent or harassing behaviour
- Listen to, and support, people with lived experience of violence
- Attend rallies and put pressure on all orders of government to ensure laws and policies support equality and fairness for survivors of violence. Get politically involved!
- Advocate for equality in your workplace, at home and in public life. If you see policies that are unfair, speak up, and work to change them
- Vote for political candidates who have a track record of promoting gender equality