Your #ActionsMatter

To end violence against women and girls, we must challenge the culture that allows it to thrive. Once you recognize the connection between sexism and misogyny in our culture and violence against women and girls, you have the power to change it.

You have the power to say “no” to casual sexism and to stand up for women and girls. It can be as simple as choosing not to consume sexist media or as important as explaining the concept of consent to your children.

Most importantly, you can use your voice to help friends and family recognize the links.

During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, you can show Canadians that their #ActionsMatter. Help us expose the link between casual sexism and gender-based violence. Use your social media networks to start the conversation and share our infobites. Help us change minds and stop violence against women and girls before it starts.

Show your commitment on social media by sharing:

"Think About it...", "She can’t take a joke." is crossed out and replaced with "Putting down women isn’t funny."

Suggested tweet: Sexist jokes contribute to a climate that allows gender-based violence to thrive. Your #ActionsMatter

"Think About it...", "Her skirt is way too short – she likes the attention." is crossed out and replaced with "How she chooses to dress has nothing to do with you."

Suggested tweet: Blaming the victim is no excuse for sexual violence. Your #ActionsMatter

"Think About it...", "I’m just giving her a compliment." is crossed out and replaced with "Catcalling is not a compliment; it’s harassment."

Suggested tweet: Unwanted comments and gestures are a form of sexual harassment. Your #ActionsMatter

"Think About it...", "That’s just how men talk." is crossed out and replaced with "Sexist comments shouldn’t be part of anyone’s vocabulary."

Suggested tweet: Sexist, homophobic and transphobic remarks are demeaning and promote gender-based violence. Your #ActionsMatter

"Think About it...", "It’s just a song – it doesn’t mean anything." is crossed out and replaced with "Pop culture can make sexism seem normal. It’s not."

Suggested tweet: The way women are portrayed in the media can distort how we see them and foster attitudes that lead to gender-based violence. Your #ActionsMatter

"Think About it...", "If you can’t handle the conversation online, you should get off the internet." is crossed out and replaced with "There’s no place in any conversation for abusive language."

Suggested tweet: TVirtual threats, abuse and stalking cause real harm. Your #ActionsMatter

"Think About it...", "I saw him bothering her on the bus, but I didn’t want to get involved." is crossed out and replaced with "I told he bus driver she needed help."

Suggested tweet: Small actions can make a big difference when it comes to stopping gender-based violence. Your #ActionsMatter

"Think About it...", "I heard him harassing her, but no one else did anything, so I kept reading." is crossed out and replaced with "I asked her if she was okay."

Suggested tweet: Gender-based violence thrives when good people do nothing. Standing by is not an option. Your #ActionsMatter

"Think About it...", "I knew that video game was violent and sexist, but my son knows right from wrong, so I bought it anyway." is crossed out and replaced with "I said no and explained that violence against women is not a game."

Suggested tweet: The more we see violence against women in the media, the more gender-based violence becomes the norm. Your #ActionsMatter

"Think About it...", "I know he didn’t mean any harm, so I laughed it off." is crossed out and replaced with "I told him that sexual harassment is not a joke."

Suggested tweet: Stopping gender-based violence starts with speaking out against casual sexism. Your #ActionsMatter

"Think About it...", "I saw her drunk at the bar, but figured she could handle herself." is crossed out and replaced with "I made sure her friends got her home safe and sound."

Suggested tweet: We are powerful when we watch out for one another. Get involved and stop gender-based violence. Your #ActionsMatter

"Think About it...", "I could see that he was angry when he grabbed her, but I didn’t know what to do." is crossed out and replaced with "I called the police and I stayed around until they arrived."

Suggested tweet: Stopping gender-based violence is possible, if we choose not to look the other way. Your #ActionsMatter

Suggested tweet: Respecting each other is the first step to stopping gender-based violence. Your #ActionsMatter

"Think About it...", "She didn’t say no." is crossed out and replaced with "She seemed reluctant, so I backed off."

Suggested tweet: Consent is about ongoing communication. Ask for permission, listen, and be alert to non-verbal cues. Your #ActionsMatter

"Think About it...", "She should know better than to go out alone at night." is crossed out and replaced with "Freedom from violence is a human right. Wherever. Whenever."

Suggested tweet: Gender-based violence is never okay – no matter what time of day or night. Your #ActionsMatter

"Think About it...", "Women need to be careful; they should avoid strangers and take some self-defence classes." is crossed out and replaced with "Being a woman does not make you responsible for other people’s behaviour."

Suggested tweet: When it comes to gender-based violence, only the perpetrator is to blame, not the victim. Your #ActionsMatter

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