Since its founding 14 years ago, Facebook has become a social media powerhouse with over 2.23 billion monthly active users as of June 30th 2018. Facebook has grown from a basic social connection website for college students to a life platform. It is used to find, connect, and catch up with friends, to read the news, to conduct business, to shop, and to learn.
Facebook is also used to find causes, organisations, and events that are important to us and to advocate for various issues. Now Facebook users can learn about and support global issues from their own homes. Violence against women (VAW) is one of the global human rights issues finding supporters on Facebook. Now a story about VAW can be read, watched, or heard via Facebook by millions of people around the globe. They can follow organisational news, participate in grassroots campaigns, and donate right from their mobile phone or computer.
More importantly, more than 2 billion Facebook members worldwide can now locate anti-VAW organisations’ Facebook pages to learn about VAW or quietly get VAW victims and survivors the help they need should they be unable to speak on the phone or otherwise physically get help. Every little bit counts!
This is our seventh annual list of 16 recommended Facebook pages which we have selected because of their unique approach to fight all kinds of VAW. To make it as representative as possible the selection covers a wide range on countries across different continents. So choose a couple to ‘like’, or better yet ‘like’ them all, get informed, and take action.
Introduction by Rebecca DeLuca and Regina Yau; Written by Regina Yau, Research and compilation by Rubina Singh with additional selections by Regina Yau.
Recommended Facebook Page #1: Bedari – Pakistan
Bedari is a national non-governmental organisation in Pakistan working to promote and protect the human rights of women and children. The organisation established Pakistan’s first crisis centre for women survivors of violence and, in the past 24 years, it has developed expertise on issues of gender empowerment, addressing violence against women and children, and processes of changing social and cultural attitudes in Pakistan. Bedari’s Facebook page carries a mix of updates about their own work, empowering stories of how women and girls are challenging patriarchy, and news headlines about violence against women in Pakistan and other Muslim-majority countries.
Recommended Facebook Page #2: Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) – Global
The Coalition for Sexual & Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) is an award winning international solidarity network with 33 members’ organisations across 16 countries in MENA, SSEA and Central Asia. CSBR supports the integration of a holistic approach to sexual and bodily rights as human rights across Muslim societies–through feminist knowledge building, strategic convenings, and activist capacity-building. CBSR’s Facebook page actively posts a mixture of updates about the women’s human rights campaigns in Muslim countries, articles about gender-based violence that particularly affect Muslim societies such as child marriage, and news about feminist campaigns in Islamic nations.
Recommended Facebook Page #3: CREA – India
Based in New Delhi, India and founded in 2000, CREA is one of the few international women’s rights organisations that is based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, and works at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels. They work with partners from a diverse range of human rights movements and networks to advance the rights of women and girls, and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people. CREA’s Facebook page is an excellent resource for anyone seeking to learn more about women’s rights movements in the Global South as they regularly post the latest news about feminist programs, campaigns, and advancements in India and other developing nations.
Recommended Facebook Page #4: Feminists United – Global
Founded in 2012, Feminists United is a very popular feminist Facebook page that is “dedicated to fighting the war on women”. It is home to a huge community of 380,000 followers and their posts cover the whole range of feminist and women’s issues including violence against women and girls, sexism and misogyny in the workplace, racism experienced by women of colour, and LGBTQIA news. The page shares global stories with an emphasis on news from the U.S. and is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning more about the latest hot button issues being tackled by feminists in the U.S. and around the world.
Recommended Facebook Page #5: Fiji Women’s Rights Movement – Fiji
Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) was founded in 1986 by a group of 56 women from various backgrounds who took up the challenge of correcting the imbalances in women’s socio-economic and political status in Fiji. They were driven by the values of feminism, human rights, the rule of law, multi-culturalism, and good governance – the same principles that still guide FWRM as an organisation and a movement today. FWRM’s Facebook page is a great resource for anyone looking to learn more about the feminist movement in Fiji and the strategies they use to address violence against women, discrimination against women in the workplace, and the legislation of women’s human rights in government.
Recommended Facebook Page #6: Fundacja Feminoteka – Poland
Feminoteka is a Polish feminist NGO founded in 2005 which focuses on eradicating violence against women through running anti-violence projects for cities as well as for small towns, for schools and workplaces as well as providing a helpline for victims and survivors. Their Facebook page is run completely in Polish and shares news, articles, and other information about their programs, campaigns, and the women’s movement across Poland.
Recommended Facebook Page #7: How Revealing – India/Global
How Revealing is a website project founded by activist Urmila Pullat as a safe space for survivors to tell their stories. The website is an online repository of experiences of gender-based violence, and is working to contribute toward changing the narrative surrounding gender justice and sexual assault. Their Facebook page focuses on sharing the latest news on violence against women and LGBTQIA people in India and beyond, as well as articles and information about gender-based violence.
Recommended Facebook Page #8: Mending The Sacred Hoop – United States of America
Mending The Sacred Hoop is a nonprofit focused on addressing and eradicating violence against American India/Alaska Native women and girls in their home community of Duluth, MN and throughout the State of Minnesota. They also work with Tribes and Native communities nationally to tackle major forms of violence against women in their communities including domestic and sexual violence, dating violence, sex trafficking and stalking. Their Facebook page is an excellent resource for learning about violence against indigenous women across the U.S. as well as updates on various programmes, campaigns, and initiatives to eradicate the violence.
Recommended Facebook Page #9: National Sexual Violence Resource Center – United States of America
On their Facebook page, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) states: “NSVRC believes that through collaboration, prevention, and research-based resources, we are making the world safer, healthier and free of sexual violence and sexual assault. We envision a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are treated with dignity and respect and have full autonomy over their own bodies and sexual expression.” Their page is regularly updated with the latest breaking news about sexual assault and rape cases in the U.S., resource articles about helping survivors of sexual violence, and updates about their work and programs.
Recommended Facebook Page #10: No Means No Worldwide – Global
No Means No Worldwide is an organisation committed to developing and implementing rape prevention educational programs for girls and boys. NMNW’s programs in Kenya have cut rape rates by 50% and reduced pregnancy-related school dropout by 46%. 74% of boys who took a NMNW class and witnessed sexual assault have successfully intervened to stop it. Their Facebook page is choc-a-bloc with information, news articles, videos, and op-eds about sexual violence prevention efforts and news worldwide – a useful resource for anyone interested in ideas for preventing sexual assault and rape in their communities.
Recommended Facebook Page #11: Resurj – Global
Resurj (Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice) is a membership-based alliance of feminist activists working across generations, constituencies, and identities seeking to realise sexual and reproductive justice for all. They are led by feminists from the Global South and work for the inclusion of diverse younger feminists in the movement. Their Facebook page shares news and thoughts about a range of sexual and reproductive issues including abortion, sexual assault, and women’s rights to participate in public spaces including politics in order to push for change.
Recommended Facebook Page #12: The A Project – Lebanon
The A Project is a Lebanon-based organisation that creates platforms which reaffirm agency and autonomy in sexuality and mental health, while advancing a political discourse around sexual, reproductive, and mental health and seeking alternatives to counteract medical patriarchy’s restrictive and reductive approaches towards the bodies of women and gender non-conforming people in Lebanon. They also run a sexuality hotline for Lebanese people who wish to find out more about sexuality, gender, and reproductive health. Their Facebook page posts regularly about all these issues as well as updates about their programmes and campaigns.
Recommended Facebook Page #13: The Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) – Malaysia/ Asia Pacific Region
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based ARROW was established to promote and defend women’s human rights in all aspects of their lives, especially their sexual and reproductive health and rights. They collaborate with national partners in many regional and global networks around the world, and are able to reach stakeholders in 120 countries. ARROW’s Facebook page documents their wide-ranging advocacy campaigns and work, as well as news about violence against women, women’s rights, and women’s reproductive health across the world.
Recommended Facebook Page #14: UK Says No More – United Kingdom
UK Says NO MORE is a campaign that seeks to unite the public and organisations in the UK to take a stand against domestic abuse and sexual violence under one powerful, visual symbol by providing open-source tools and resources for individuals and organisations to take action. Follow their Facebook page for updates and announcements about their various campaigns as well as general news about efforts to end violence against women around the UK.
Recommended Facebook Page #15: UN Women Africa – Africa
UN Women Africa is a regional directorate of UN Women that implements programmes for gender equality and women’s human rights that are tailored to individual African countries, in close collaboration with governments, the UN system and civil society. Follow their Facebook page for all the latest news about women’s rights, gender, and development across the African continent, as well as updates and announcements about various UN Women programmes and initiatives to stop violence against women in various African nations.
Recommended Facebook Page #16: Women and Gender Equality Commission – Guyana
The Women and Gender Equality Commission of Guyana’s mission is to “promote national recognition and acceptance that women’s rights are human rights, respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.” Their Facebook page contains a mix of posts and news about women’s human rights, reproductive rights, gender equality, and violence against women.