With #Metoo and #TimesUp creating waves of action around the globe and International Women’s Day rapidly approaching, momentum for women’s rights is growing!
Amnesty International stands for women to be free from violence, harassment and abuse in all its forms. We’ve chosen to focus on online abuse this year – a growing issue globally where Amnesty can have a big impact.
Our new research reveals the alarming impact abuse and harassment on social media is having on women. In a survey of Australian women last year, one in three said they had experienced online abuse or harassment. And more than a third of the women who reported abuse said that on at least one occasion, the harassment they experienced made them feel their physical safety was threatened.
The pervasive nature of online abuse and harassment is pressuring women and girls into censoring themselves on social media, fuelling gender-based discrimination and violence and silencing women.
It’s not ok and it has to stop. We must work harder, shout louder and campaign bigger to uproot entrenched inequality.
Our groups are holding creative activities and stalls around the country, focussing on the issue of online abuse of women. We’re also turning out as many people as we can to rallies, marches and events on International Women’s Day on March 8, so we can make this the biggest IWD on record.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN STAND UP FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS
- Groups can hold stalls, have conversations and collect petition signatures to stop the online abuse of women. There are a whole bunch of fun resources groups can use to campaign locally. Be sure to remind people that International Women’s Day is coming up on the 8th of March. Campus groups can find resources here and local groups can find them here. Contact your local action centre if you need more info.
- Show up at events, rallies and marches for International Women’s Day. Find an event near you. Start planning for IWD – get some friends or your group together, knit yourself a pussy hat and make some banners and props! If there’s not an event in your area, you can join our online march and share a solidarity selfie.
- Like and follow Amnesty’s national Women’s Rights Network page on Facebook to keep up to date with our women’s rights campaign and join in at the network’s next webinar on the 1st of March – RSVP now.