It's time to notice

Outdated stereotypes, social norms and popular culture’s portrayal of gender and violence contribute to normalizing gender-based violence.

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
  • Avoid phrases like “Man up” “You throw like a girl” “Momma’s boy”,”Boys don’t cry” and “Boys will be boys”
  • 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. 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 survivors’ experiences of gender-based violence, and ask them how they want to be supported
  • Work to challenge the thoughts of 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.

Get Help

It's time to act

Here are some ways you can take action against stereotypes, inequality and violence:

  • Be an ally, an accomplice and a role model
  • Don’t engage in violent or harassing behaviour
  • Listen to, and support, people with lived experience of violence
  • Get politically involved! Attend rallies and put pressure on all orders of government to ensure laws and policies support equality and fairness for survivors of violence.
  • Vote for political candidates who have a track record of promoting gender equality
  • 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
  • Recognize that consent is fundamental in all of your relationships and interactions
  • Be an active bystander. Learn what to do if you see abuse or violence in action