5. Spread the message on social mediaWith so many of us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, using social media is a great way to get your voice heard and to build connections with other people. 16 days of action is a global campaign so be sure to tweet and share your support – post a photo pledge, share our pledge link, include some key stats or tell an inspirational story to raise crucial awareness and raise support for women worldwide. Don’t forget to tag us and to use the following hashtags: #HonourHer, #HearMeToo, #16Days and for the brothers out there: #HeForShe!
6. Become a community advocateReaching out to people you know can have a massive effect. Perhaps you’re part of a youth club, a local mosque or cultural centre. Wherever it may be, why not take a poster to hand out at your meeting or after Friday prayers? You have the power to inform your community about GBV and VAWG, so don’t be shy! Poster 1 Poster 2
7. Get in touch with your Ward CouncillorAlongside working in local communities, we’re also working with key influencers and political figures. By engaging with your local MP, you can help to ensure that they keep the cause on the political agenda. Simply look up your Ward Councillor here and write to them about the issue of GBV and VAWG, urging them to speak out and take action. Even better, why not at arrange a meeting or visit a local advice surgery? This is a great way to reach out and remind leaders of their responsibilities to their constituents.
8. Hold an educational workshopChange comes with each successive generation Why not hold an educational workshop in your college, university, child or sibling’s secondary school (making sure the content is age-appropriate) you can empower younger people to build further change. Get in touch with us for more advice and tips.
9. Host a “brown bag” work lunchA “brown bag” – an informal presentation or meeting held during lunch where staff can bring their lunch and learn/engage at the same time – is a great way to engage people. So, why not ask your workplace about holding your very own GBV-based brown bag? You could even bring some mini snacks to sweeten the deal. Once there, talk to your colleagues about the #HonourHer campaign, the realities of VAWG and take a group pledge selfie.
10. Get creative!We’re all talented in our own ways. So why not use your special talent to take action and stand in solidarity with those affected by GBV and VAWG? You could paint a picture, create a photo exhibition, write a poem or develop your very own play – the possibilities are endless!
11. Honour an inspirational womanThere are so many incredible stories of inspirational women out there. From survivors of sexual, physical or emotional abuse who’ve gone on to become well-known advocates for the rights of women, to the women in our own lives who inspire us each and every day – we all know some pretty amazing women! And their stories can inspire all of us to take action. This year, the Nobel Peace Prize was jointly awarded to a female survivor of sexual abuse and a male doctor who has treated and offered support to thousands of rape victims. So share their stories and help build a wave of positivity to show that women count.
12. Remember the affected through du’aFor every positive step we take, we remember the innocent women and girls who are suffering at the hands of their abusers and who may have even lost their lives. The 16 days of activism provides the perfect moment to pause and to pay our respects to those affected, ensuring that these innocent sisters are remembered and never forgotten. Here’s a great du’a to use when reaching out to Allah (SWT) in the remembrance of others:
“Oh Allah! Have mercy on those who have returned to You and let their death not be in vain. Guide us to The Straight Path and enable us to be advocates of justice and peace. In the name of Allah The Most Merciful, The Loving and Just. Ameen”Reach out to Allah and remember those who’ve suffered the injustice that we need to fight!
13. Host a film screeningWe all love a good film and a film screening is a great way of bringing together friends, family, colleagues and the wider public for a quick and simple event. You’ll not only be able to raise awareness of the issues raised in the film but also ask for donations to support the cause. It’s also a great networking opportunity to meet like-minded activists! Here are a few films that you could show: Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels, The colour purple and Frida, including our own short film on why we must Honour Her . To get started book a room in your office or local community centre, spread the message online and in local communities and get set for an, informative, productive and inspiring evening.
14. Wear an Honour Her badgeOrder one of our #HonourHer badges and we will send it out to you as soon as possible. Simply drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and then start showing it off when you’re out and about!
15. Increase your knowledge
Knowledge is power! The more we learn about VAWG, the more we can understand how to fight against it. That’s why is crucial to read, read and read some more on the issue. Islamic Relief Worldwide launched three policy papers on Early and Forced Marriage, Domestic Abuse, and Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting. These will provide lots of useful information and help you to understand the issues at hand. Download them here to help you provide even more backing to your activism!