Say 'NO' Day
Say 'NO' Day is a campaign for the right of women to speak up! In low-income settings, where sexual harassment is a part of everyday life, many women simply do not know their rights to say NO even when they have the chance.
After experiencing a sexual harassment, Marika Shioiri-Clark says 'Had I unknowingly implied to him that this was acceptable behavior by not speaking up sooner?' in her inspiation post
'Understanding the Power of Shame.' During the moment of sexual harassment, many women feel shocked, they try to act cool and not make a scene. This indeed implies that we accept a wrong behavior and encourage the man to continue further.
When sexual harassment is a part of everyday life, when we read about rape crimes on the newspaper everyday, we have a tendency to accept these behaviors. Many women are unware of their rights to say NO and raise their voice when they suspect that someone has started to assault them.
Say ‘NO’ Day aims to become a campaign where women all around the world shout 'NOOO' at the same time to create awareness on their rights to speak out! Imagine a single moment when the whole world shouts - This big NOOO represent all the single NOs that vulnerable women have not said for ages.
The campaign spreads awareness about forms of sexism that women may not even be aware of, and get them to practice saying no to it on a daily basis. Besides, women in different parts of world can be educated on their rights, schools can teach girls about how to act during a sexual harassment, and many more. Let's shape it together!
Explain your idea in one sentence.
Say 'No' Day is a campaign for the right of women to speak up as soon as possible during a sexual harassment.
What is the need you are trying to solve?
During an awkward moment of sexual harassment, a vulnerable woman needs the courage to raise her voice and say NO, STOP, GO AWAY! The aim of the campaign is to create awareness and support for every woman to realize that she is not the only one and she CAN speak up.
Who would be best equipped to implement this idea in the real world? You? Your organisation? Another organisation or entity?
Through expats and community workers in many different organizations, Say 'NO' Day can have ambassadors throughout the world to celebrate the day.
Where should this idea be implemented?
All around the world.