Taking action and taking care of ourselves
Being an activist to prevent violence against women and promote gender equality can be hard work.
It can be very rewarding and, at times, also very challenging.
While you undertake the 16 Days Activist Challenge, it’s important that you look after yourself, including your health and wellbeing. We sometimes call this ‘self-care’.
Here are some small ways we can look after ourselves as activists during the challenge:
- Remember that ending violence against women is long term work
- Seek help if you need it
- Set parameters on when you will and won’t engage in conversations and social media about gender equality and prevention of violence against women
- Decide when you will/won’t watch or read books, films, TV shows, music that has themes about violence against women or gender inequality
- Make time for things you enjoy doing that are not related to promoting gender equality or preventing violence against women directly (e.g. books, hobbies, exercise etc.)
- Look after your health (sleep, nutrition, physical activity)
- Maintain social connections
- Feel proud that you are part of the movement to end violence against women
You might also like to check out this ‘Self Care Assessment’ tool (.pdf), which can help you to identify areas where you can improve your self-care.
You can also check out these resources:
- Self-care and self-defence manual for Feminist Activists, CREA (.pdf)
- Dealing with activist burn out and self-care, KYIX
- Self-care starter kit, School of Social Work, University of Buffalo
- Confronting compassion fatigue, Headington Institute
Keep up the great work fellow 16 Days Activists!
We can do this, but only if we do this together, and look after ourselves.
If you require further support, or if you or someone you know is experiencing violence, please visit the Help section of this website for more information and for contact details for a variety of support services.
If you are in immediate danger, please call the police on 000.