Like many grassroots indie activists, my passion is large, my resources are limited. So, I put together a list of how anyone can participate to #orangetheworld from 25 Nov to 10 Dec.
16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.
The theme this year is domestic violence, a timely one due to the global pandemic driven spike in gender based violence against women.
You can read UN Women's Concept Note here.
1. Post a photo of you in orange, mention one statistic in your caption. For example, 1 in 4 women in the US are victims at some point in their lives.
Include the hashtag #orangetheworld, this is so others can find you.
2. Use an orange square on your social media, with a statistic and #orangetheworld
3. Take a photo of something orange, use an existing photo or use an orange filter, add your local domestic violence hotline, tag the organisation and add the hashtag with a call to action.
I pledge to participate in UN Women's DV Prevention from 25 Nov to 10 Dec #orangetheworld
Compared to the same period last year, the AWARE Women’s Helpline has received a 65%, 119%, and 137% increase in the number of family violence calls in March, April and May 2020 respectively.
Domestic violence is a humanitarian issue, let's solve it together!
Call @awaresingapore Women's Helpline: 1800 777 5555
Online chat is also available
4. Search this hashtag on social media to see what others are doing, it's an annual event, last year it was about rape. Get creative, find new ways to communicate. I know it's hard on a budget, we can't get fancy illustrations or have crazy expensive equipment to take nice photos with.
5. Try to re-post in the caption if you write text on the image, I often want to read posts in other languages but can't translate the image, translators can only do it for captions. Remember to also like, start a conversation with other posters, DV survivors often isolate themselves out of shame, might not be ready to "out" themselves, they're however listening and also want to be heard.
DV survivors often withdraw and isolate because they become hyper vigilant and experience sensory overload as a normal reaction to trauma. Finding socialisation tough, facing victim shaming, battling re-victimisation and challenging misconceptions about survivors.
They might develop social anxiety as well.
Before they figure out their triggers, know how to manage their emotional states, it's hard to find people who understand.
I know I felt lonely all my life due to this.
More heads are always better than one, we all have different talents and resources to contribute, it's important we start discussions. It's tough for solo activists, we often feel discouraged when we don't reach people, it's always nice to see someone else doing the same things as us.
The more confronting ones start to be ousted from the mainstream, it's hard trying not to sacrifice our voices while still being relevant.
I write loads about abuse on Quora so take a look!
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