Look up your local women’s group, rape crisis centre or refuge and see how you can get involved in volunteering or fundraising, or make a donation. Specialist services to support black and minority ethnic women are in particular need of support due to funding cuts.


If you witness sexual harassment in the street or on public transport and it feels safe to do so, step in – challenge the perpetrator, or check in with the victim and offer support. Be the person who sends the message that this behaviour isn’t socially acceptable.

If you are aware of someone being discriminated against or harassed in the workplace, challenge it when it happens, or offer to support them if they want to report it.

Consider asking your employer if they have a workplace sexual harassment policy – if not, ask for one. 


Take the time to ask other people in your life about their daily experiences of prejudice, discrimination and micro-aggressions. You might be shocked to realise just how much they are dealing with.


There are many ways in which you can use your voice to demand political change – for example, contacting your local MP to ask them about issues like funding for local rape crisis and domestic violence services, or urging them to take action to ratify the Istanbul Convention, or to make Sex and Relationships Education compulsory in UK schools.


Look for gender imbalance in your own life where you might not have noticed it before. Were the last 10 books you read all by men? Do the movies you go to see pass the Bechdel test? Think about your household chores – are they evenly split between people of different genders? Consider taking an implicit bias test to become more aware of your own inherent bias.


If you have experienced any form of gender inequality, including sexism, harassment, discrimination or abuse, you can share your story anonymously at the Everyday Sexism Project. As well as raising awareness of the problem, the stories are used to work with politicians, business, schools, universities, organisations and police forces to challenge systemic inequality and create change.


If you witness inequality or injustice in your school, university, workplace or local area, consider starting a campaign to tackle the problem. UK Feminista provides a range of free toolkits for setting up and running a successful campaign.

You can also support groups taking direct action, protesting and working against inequality and injustice, such as Women for Refugee Women, Sisters Uncut, Southall Black Sisters, Focus E15, Karma Nirvana, and many more.


It’s particularly helpful for men to speak to other men about gender inequality and sexual violence and to open the eyes of others who may not yet be aware of the problem. Using the Everyday Sexism website can be a good way to start a conversation and raise awareness of the reality of what women are facing on a daily basis.


If there are young people in your life, talk to the boys, not just the girls, about sexual consent and healthy relationships. Consider asking schools whether they are teaching young people about issues like consent, gender stereotypes and healthy relationships, and asking them to do so if they don’t already.


Women who go into schools and speak to students about careers can have a huge impact in role-modelling different job opportunities to young people who may have been affected by gender stereotypes. Consider joining a scheme like Speakers 4 Schools or Inspiring Women.