Getting online to engage decision makers, allies and others to advocate for women’s equality rights—and knowing how to take care of yourself as you do it.download the guide
>> When a decision-maker is proposing something that will advance women’s equality rights and you want to voice your support.
>> When a decision maker is not as well-informed as you on a particular issue (even if they think they are), they hold the power to potentially change the policy, benefiting you and your community. This is especially true when there are two opposing views on the table and the decision maker has not yet made up their mind.
>> A bill has been tabled to make changes to an existing law or enact a new law. You are happy (or frustrated) with the proposed amendments or new law and think they will not be in favour of women’s equality rights. Tweet at your allies to see how they are feeling. Perhaps you can unite together to form a coalition to advocate on the issue. Tweet your opposition to the proposals.
>> An elected official has announced a policy change that your feel is not reflective of women’s lived experience and realities. Tweet at them to share your perspective on what needs to be different or stay the same. And then maybe write a letter!
>> You just heard that a women’s group or equality rights initiative that you think is much needed got defunded. Write a letter to Minister that made the decision to let them know that you don’t think that is where funds should be cut. And tweet at them to let them know it is in the mail.
>> In either your job or personal life, you keep coming up against a law that doesn’t seem to make sense based on your experience. Tag other people or organizations on social media who you think might share your experience. You’re likely not alone!
>> Has it been a long week? Rest. You don’t always have to smash the patriarchy.
>> How passionate are you about the issue? Save your energy for the issues that you are most passionate about.
>> Is the person acknowledging and responding to your points? Don’t waste your time speaking to a wall.
> Are they always arguing online? They’re likely a troll. Bye bye.
> Do they keep repeating the same thing over and over? Save your wisdom for an audience willing to engage in a more constructive conversation.
>> Are they name-calling, being sarcastic or using slurs? Stop! Never feel you have to subject yourself to abuse.
Have you been debating for over an hour? Say what you need to move forward and then move on and do something else.
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