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3. Call It Out

We’re all part of a community. Being an activist means taking action in your community.

Call It Out

You can call a halt to poor behaviour — especially when it comes from your mates. How?
Be a better bystander.

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Get active in the community

Some of these actions will be individual and some will be collective: gender-based violence is a structural issue that we all need to work together to address. 

You can call a halt to poor behaviour — especially when it comes from your mates. How? 

Be a better bystander. 

The action might be: 

  • Naming the behaviour so it isn’t just glossed over or ignored
  • Telling your friend to knock it off
  • Vocally supporting the target of the behaviour
  • Using body language to show disapproval: Sometimes a disapproving look can be simpler and more effective than words

Stand up, don’t stand by. 

Always remember to keep yourself and others safe. Assess the risk of direct intervention. If you are concerned for the safety of yourself or others, you can choose a more indirect form of being an active bystander.

Useful resources about how to be a better bystander:

About the 16 Days of Activism

Every year, between November 25 — the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women — and December 10 — International Human Rights Day — there are 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.

This year we’ve created a series of posters for you to print out at work, home or your local library, and to put up in your kitchen, community hall, meeting room at work — wherever you like. Help create a world where women, nonbinary and gender-diverse people are safe, respected, empowered and able to make genuine choices in their lives.

Violence towards women, nonbinary and gender-diverse people is a community problem. Everyone in the community, from schools to sporting clubs, can play a role in changing the structures, norms and practices that lead to gender-based violence.

Some of these actions will be individual and some will be collective: gender-based violence is a structural issue that we all need to work together to address.

View the rest of our posters for 2019 »

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