How to become a #DoneWithSilence activist

Being a #DoneWithSilence activist is all about using your social media platform of choice to raise awareness about an issue and help bring it to an end. It’s about using social media to show people what you stand for and possibly make a difference. Are you curious about how you can do this? Keep reading to find out.

Promote your cause on social media

You can use social media to keep your friends and followers informed about the causes you support. Post informative articles, write about what you are doing to stay involved and invite your friends to attend events or donate to fundraisers for your cause. Remember to use the Done With Silence hashtag (#DoneWithSilence).

Create conversations

No matter your cause, you’ll meet plenty of people online with different views to yours. Some will never agree to your viewpoint no matter what evidence you provide, but others may be willing to listen. Making a difference is not about making people agree with you, though, it’s all about creating conversations around a particular topic and encouraging people to think critically about certain issues. So don’t be discouraged when people disagree with you.

Start an online petition

Thanks to the internet, starting a petition (a document addressing a certain issue and signed by numerous individuals to raise awareness or get the attention of an official) no longer means going door to door with a pen and clipboard. There are a lot of websites and social media platforms that can help you create petitions, including Change.org.  An example of using this method of activism is a petition regarding gender-neutral bathrooms, which helped to inspire a separate petition to allow transgender people to use their gender-appropriate bathrooms.

Stay informed

Research organisations that deal with the issue that you’re passionate about and get involved by telling others about it. It’s okay to have an opinion on things, but you also have to stay informed so that your opinion is based on facts and evidence. An uninformed or ignorant opinion could end up offending a lot of people and causing more damage than good.

Talk to other activists

Working in numbers helps you make a bigger difference, faster. So, if you know of any other activists who are involved in a similar cause, it might be a good idea to speak to them about collaborating. You can also search for groups that you can join on social media.

Remember that not everyone is going to agree with you and that’s okay, but be encouraged by the fact that you’re making a positive difference and taking action to change the world and make it a better place. Don’t forget to tag me @Chomamag and use the hashtag #DoneWithSilence whenever you post about your cause. Let’s influence change together!

For more information or any questions you can contact me on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Messagea Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).

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