After #MeToo, Share Your Story with #HearMeToo

Orange the World: #HearMeToo. Photo: UN
Orange the World: #HearMeToo. Photo: UN

After #MeToo, Share Your Story with #HearMeToo

Building on the momentum of global movements and grassroots campaigns such as ‘#Metoo’, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc”, “#NiUnaMenos”, #MetooIndia and “HollaBack!”, now it’s #HearMeToo.

The UN theme for this year’s 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (25 November – 10 December), under the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, is Orange the World: #HearMeToo.

“Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic. It is a moral affront to all women and girls, a mark of shame on all our societies and a major obstacle to inclusive, equitable and sustainable development,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, observed on 25 November. “It is an issue of fundamental human rights.”

The #HearMeToo campaign brings to the forefront the voices of women and girls, who have survived violence, who are defending women’s rights every day, who are taking action — many of them very far away from the limelight or media headlines. Their voices and stories must be heard.

The UN compilation will feature the stories of some of the women and men in the #HearMeToo campaign.

In up to eight words, you can create a short story about your experience of violence or support for survivors. Then, share it with the world.

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