Do you think we can actually find 16 ways to protect the rights of women and girls?
The countdown to #16days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign kicked off on November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This campaign is designed to raise awareness about gender-based violence.
This post is pretty short and sweet.
In a world striving for progress and equality, protecting the rights of women and girls is not just a moral imperative but a catalyst for positive social change.
We kick-off our campaigns on the 16 days of activism campaign against gender0based violence by focusing on women and girls. This is because historically, women and girls have been at the receiving end of gender-based violence. The numbers are still pretty high today compared to men and boys.
Empowering women benefits societies as a whole, so we should ALL care. Not sure where to begin? Well, here are 16 actionable ways to contribute to the protection and advancement of the rights of women and girls.
1. Promote Education:
Advocate for equal access to education for girls. Support initiatives that provide scholarships, mentorship programs, and resources to empower girls to pursue their academic ambitions. You can also make donations to organizations that work in these area, like The Goodness Impact Foundation whom we have partnered with.
2. Raise Awareness:
Use your voice to spread awareness about women’s rights issues. Social media, blogs, and community events are powerful platforms for educating others and fostering conversations that challenge stereotypes.
3. Support Women-Owned Businesses:
Contribute to economic empowerment by supporting women-owned businesses. This helps break down economic barriers and promotes financial independence.
4. Advocate for Equal Pay:
Be a voice for pay equity. Support policies and companies that ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. Did you know that in Canada, women get paid 89 cents only per $1 men get?
5. Combat Gender-Based Violence:
Take a stand against gender-based violence. Support organizations working to eliminate domestic violence, sexual harassment, and trafficking. Remember, if you are not standing for anything, you will fall for everything.
6. Encourage Political Participation:
Advocate for the representation of women in politics. Support and vote for candidates who champion women’s rights and gender equality.
7. Provide Mentorship:
Mentorship can be a powerful tool for empowerment. Offer guidance and support to young women, helping them navigate career paths, grow their businesses and overcome life’s challenges.
8. Promote Reproductive Rights:
Advocate for women’s access to reproductive healthcare, family planning, and the right to make decisions about their own bodies.
This is not just about abortion (we believe in the sanctity of life and protection of the fetus).
Reproductive health is beyond that. We might even extend this to women’s health in general and the need for medical professionals to pay closer attention.
9. Challenge Stereotypes
Encourage media literacy and challenge gender stereotypes in the media. Promote positive portrayals of women that reflect their diversity and strength. Not the nudity and objectification that is prevalent.
10. Create Safe Spaces:
Establish and promote safe spaces where women and girls can openly discuss their experiences, concerns, and aspirations without fear of judgment or discrimination.
11. Support NGOs and Nonprofits:
Contribute to organizations working to advance women’s rights globally. Whether through donations or volunteer work, your support can make a meaningful impact.
12. Foster Inclusive Workplaces:
Encourage workplaces to adopt policies that promote diversity and inclusion. Advocate for flexible work arrangements and equal opportunities for career advancement.
Policies such as workplace harassment and sexual violence should be in place and followed strictly.
13. Amplify Women’s Voices:
Actively listen to and amplify the voices of women and girls. Acknowledge and validate their experiences and perspectives in all aspects of life.
14. Teach Consent Education:
Support comprehensive sex education that includes discussions on consent and healthy relationships. This education is essential in preventing gender-based violence.
15. Celebrate Achievements:
Celebrate the achievements of women in all fields. By recognizing and highlighting their contributions, we inspire future generations of girls to dream big.
16. Engage Men and Boys:
Encourage men and boys to be allies in the fight for gender equality. By fostering a culture of respect and equality, we create a more inclusive and just society for everyone.
Protecting the rights of women and girls requires collective effort and a commitment to fostering positive change. By actively engaging in these 16 ways, we contribute to a world where every woman and girl can live free from discrimination, pursue their dreams, and contribute to the betterment of society. Together, we empower change and build a more equitable future for all.