Creating Consent Culture: Invitation to Engage in the #UseTheRightWords Campaign
femifesto invites you to join us in the #UseTheRightWords Campaign.
In recent years, there has been a swell in coverage about sexual violence in mainstream Canadian media. We have seen media coverage of the reports of social media exchanges that incite sexual violence, social media groups targeting women students, the Jian Ghomeshi court case, and the more than 1200 murdered and missing Indigenous women. Recognizing that news stories shape our understanding of sexual violence, femifesto is launching Use the Right Words to provide the language and frameworks required to report on sexual violence in ways that do not shame or blame survivors. The guide was informed by survivors, journalists, anti-gender-based violence advocates, lawyers, and community members from across Canada.
Be a part of the #UseTheRightWords Campaign
To coincide with the launch of Use the Right Words, and in response to the recent swell in coverage about sexual violence in mainstream Canadian media, femifesto is inviting you to engage in the #UseTheRightWords campaign. Let’s raise awareness about what the “right words” are when it comes to media coverage on sexual violence and create consent culture by encouraging reporting that is supportive of survivors. The work to address sexual violence is built upon a multiplicity of voices; we know people are doing awesome work on creating consent culture and we want to collaborate through this campaign! Currently, several groups are on board,including SACHA Hamilton, OCTEVAW, Ryerson Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education. As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and beyond, the campaign will be launched on December 2, 2015 and continue for six months, until June 2, 2016.
Ways you can engage on social media:
- Give kudos! If you see an example of great media reporting on sexual violence, point out the good aspects of the article (the language/framework/image etc.) and include the hashtag #UseTheRightWords.
- Suggest improvements! If you see an example of media reporting on sexual violence that could be improved, point out the problematic aspects of the article (the language/framework/image etc.) and include the hashtag #UseTheRightWords.
- Amplify voices! Retweet/share posts that use the #UseTheRightWords hashtag.
- Fix it! If you see a problematic headline/language/image being used in media reporting on sexual violence, cross out the problem and add your re-write! If you do not feel comfortable/safe posting yourself, you can email your re-written articles or comments for posting on social media to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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