#DoneWithSilence: About the Campaign
Recently, Make a Noise was launched on the Choma platform. Make a Noise is all about making your voice heard about any change you want to see, from change in your community to change around the world (will link to ‘what is make a noise’ article). The first campaign on Make a Noise is the #DoneWithSilence campaign and it’s about refusing to be silent about gender-based violence. As 16 days of activism launches all around the world, more stories, statistics and shock about violence and abuse against women and children will be shared. It’s time for us to say that we will no longer be a part of those statistics - that we refuse to be silent about violence, whether we are victims or witnesses to it.
By joining the #DoneWithSilence campaign, you’re joining many other voices who are simply saying that they are against the violence happening in this country and against the injustices children and women face.
The more we speak out against gender-based violence, the more we encourage ourselves and those around us not to just be bystanders but to actively fight it. Being part of the #DoneWithSilence campaign is saying “no more will I be silent about my own abuse or the abuse of others”. It is also saying “I pledge not to be violent towards women and children” and “I refuse to be part of the problem by staying silent when I witness violence”.
How do I become part of the campaign?
By simply creating a post with your message on Make a Noise and including the hashtag #DoneWithSilence.
Click on this link to create your campaign message.
Add a title to your campaign message, such as “I am against violence”
In the next field, create you campaign message. Example: “ Violence against women and children is unacceptable. I refuse to be a part of it by keeping quiet.”
Add the #DoneWithSilence hashtag and click send.
Your voice counts towards a bigger conversation around violence. By simply taking a stand, you already contribute to the ongoing fight against it. Absolutely no one should be a victim of violence and we should all play our part towards creating a society that is free of violence and abuse.
You might have a few questions about adding your name to the campaign, these answers might put you at ease.
Will my story be public?
Yes it will. Your story will go onto the Make a Noise platform and anyone who comes on the platform will be able to view it. The reason why stories are public is because we need to be able to show stories that will encourage victims of violence and discourage people to become perpetrators of violence. The more others see your story, the more they will be encourage to share their own.
Will my story by shared?
It might be. All posts on Make a Noise can be shared. The reason for this is so that the message can be spread and more people can be encouraged to join the conversation. People can also like your story by up-voting it.
Do I have to share a personal story?
Not at all. You could simply share a post saying “I am against violence against women and children” and add the hashtag #DoneWithSilence. That’s all Choma. Although the campaign encourages people not to be silent, it doesn't mean that you have to share your own personal experiences. If you do decide to, you don't even have to use your real name.
What if I want to speak about it but I’m not ready for it to be public?
There are spaces online where you can speak to someone privately about your situation - including right here on Choma. By clicking on Ask Choma, you can start a private conversation with me where I could offer you advice or simply be an ear if you just want to talk.
If you’re in an abusive situation and need to contact someone urgently, here are some organisations you can also contact for help:
LifeLine: 011 728 1347
National counselling line: 0861 322 322
Stop Gender Violence helpline: 0800 150 150
People Opposed to Women Abuse (POWA) helpline: 083 765 1235
Whether you’re a victim of abuse or are somehow affected by abuse, you’re not obligated to speak about your personal experience in public but it is important that you get help.
Remember, you can send me a message to talk to me about anything. So if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).
Click here to make your Noise.
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