People everywhere from all walks of life are working together to achieve gender equality. But it takes more – it takes you. Every day in countries around the world, women and girls experience acts of violence ranging from online harassment to domestic assault and human trafficking. This has to stop.
You don’t have to be a hero to join the fight against gender-based violence, but real change requires all of us to do what we can. Here are a few ways to be smart about being safe.
No Trolls. What happens online is everyone’s business. Report bullying and abusive comments immediately to a parent, teacher or site administrator.
Teach Peace. Give young people the tools to stop gender-based violence before it starts with Voices Against Violence, a non-formal education program by UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Active Bystander. Check in to help out. Simply asking "Are you okay?" may offer a potential victim a way out of a dangerous situation.
It only takes a minute to have an impact. How would your life be different if safety wasn't an issue?
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