Hashtag campaigns are when people support or start a campaign on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other networking websites. Hashtag campaigns are often used to spread the word and connect comments and ideas about a particular topic, issue or cause over Twitter or Instagram.
#helpinghands is a hashtag campaign inviting people to write a personal pledge on their hands and post on social media to help raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation.
The #ICommit tweetathon, led by the Association for Women’s Development (AWID) Young Activism community (YFA), campaigned to raise global awareness of how people of all ages work together to support gender equality work and activism.
BRIDGE is a Gender and Social Movements organisation where you can find lots of research and online materials about how people and groups have brought a gender perspective to social justice movements across the world. They have a really useful gender and social movements glossary too.
YFA (Young feminist Wire) is an online community run for and by young feminists working on women’s human rights, gender equality and social justice worldwide. They have lots of reports and tool kits that can help young people in their change-making work, including a great DIY guide on internet safety for young activists.
Tumblr is a blogging website where you can share photos, gifs, video, music, quotes, chats, links, and text to find and follow what you want. Tumblr sites, like blogs, can be made personal and private.
Rose began blogging on Tumblr when she was 14: “It’s a safe space where you can learn and discuss issues that you might not be able to in real life, like mental health or body image”.
Rose, who grew up in Bridgend, now moderates the official Tumblr for the Everyday Sexism Project. The Everyday Sexism Project is a website where women can upload the sexism they face on a daily basis. By sharing these stories, the project raises awareness of the “everyday, small, so-used-to-it-you-almost-just-accept-it sexism”.
YoungMindsVs campaigns for change that they hope will improve the mental health of children and young people. Topics include bullying, sexualisation, unemployment, school stress and counselling. Find out how to become a YoungMinds activist or follow #gettingthroughit.
For how everyday sexism shapes children and young people’s lives, read the stories and quotes from the Girls and Boys Speak Out project and the downloadable postcards on everyday sexism, sexual harassment and change.
Check out the ‘killer comebacks’ ZipIt memes created by Childline to combat unwanted sexually explicit messages or requests.
What would you make?
Vlogging is when people share their ideas through video.
Listen to how teen girls are flipping the negatives of social media. Some are creating sites that encourage tagged comments that empower not shame young women. Others fight back against sexist uniform dress codes.
Using their voice, text, images and a glitch-art app, a group of Year 6 students created a vlog about how the media focuses on negative stories, like violence and terror, and filters out what people are doing to change things.
Read about the transnational SlutWalk movement where people of all ages marched the streets to call an end to a culture which excuses sexual violence by referring to any aspect of a girl or woman’s appearance.
See Project Awesome for how young bloggers and vloggers are raising money for real world issues, including gender and sexual equality issues.