40 Ways YOU Can Help Women Feel Safe

#CSR 40 For 40

  1. Listen to women when they express their fears or concerns.
  2. Believe women when they share their experiences of harassment or assault.
  3. Speak up when you hear other men making sexist or derogatory comments.
  4. Educate yourself about the realities of gender-based violence and the impact it has on women’s lives.
  5. Challenge your own attitudes and behaviors that may contribute to a culture of sexism and misogyny. 
  6. Don’t interrupt or talk over women in conversations or meetings.
  7. Respect women’s boundaries and personal space. 
  8. Offer to walk women to their cars or homes if they feel unsafe.
  9. Do not follow women or make them feel uncomfortable.
  10. Don’t make sexual advances or comments towards women in inappropriate settings.
  11. Use your privilege to create space for women’s voices to be heard.
  12. Call out other men who engage in harassing or intimidating behavior towards women.
  13. Be an ally to women of color, LGBTQ+ women, and women with disabilities.
  14. Respect women’s decisions about their bodies and their lives.
  15. Don’t engage in “locker room talk” or other types of conversations that objectify women.
  16. Support women’s leadership and professional development.
  17. Don’t use your physical size or strength to intimidate or threaten women.
  18. Respect women’s right to say “no” or “stop” at any time.
  19. Recognize that gender-based violence affects women from all walks of life.
  20. Use gender-inclusive language that recognizes and respects the diversity of gender identities.
  21. Don’t assume that all women are interested in romantic or sexual relationships with men.
  22. Don’t assume that women are responsible for preventing harassment or assault.
  23. Use your platform to amplify women’s voices and perspectives.
  24. Don’t engage in victim-blaming or shaming.
  25. Advocate for policies and laws that protect women’s rights and safety.
  26. Don’t participate in or support organizations that promote sexist or misogynistic attitudes.
  27. Offer to help women who may be experiencing harassment or violence.
  28. Don’t take advantage of power imbalances to coerce or pressure women.
  29. Recognize that women’s experiences of gender-based violence may differ based on their intersecting identities (race, class, ability, etc.).
  30. Don’t use social media to harass or intimidate women.
  31. Support organizations that work to end gender-based violence and promote gender equality.
  32. Don’t make assumptions about women’s abilities or interests based on gender stereotypes.
  33. Don’t use pornography or other media that objectifies or degrades women.
  34. Respect women’s autonomy and agency. 
  35. Don’t dismiss or minimize women’s experiences of harassment or assault.
  36. Support women’s reproductive rights and access to healthcare.
  37. Don’t perpetuate myths or stereotypes about women’s sexuality.
  38. Support women’s educational and economic opportunities.
  39. Don’t engage in victim blaming or shaming.
  40. Create a safe and inclusive environment for women in all aspects of your life.


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