Ending gender-based violence will take a wide range of efforts that will include, community-wide strategies, changes in policy, and changes in the way society views and addresses these acts of violence. It can be overwhelming to consider such broad change, however, change begins within each individual.
You can start to change your world when you begin to address unhealthy behaviors in your own life and those you are closest with.
You can begin that culture change when you begin to talk about gender-based violence and take a stand against it.
Call out others when they make or laugh at sexist jokes;
Acknowledge that discriminatory behavior and language are connected to gender-based violence; and
Spread the message throughout your community that sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence are never okay.
Keep learning about gender-based violence, bring the problem up in conversations and challenge values that create unhealthy behaviors.
You can lead the change.