We here at reclaimtheinternet.com were part of numerous lectures, workshops, and conferences on the topic of strong women. At first, we were part of the audience, we were learning about history, about the current situation, and about how we can improve our current state. In time, we assumed the role of lecturers, advisers, and presenters. We have educated ourselves, and now we are helping others, still learning new information and new ways.
What is it all about
There are countless conferences regarding the theme of a strong woman. A large part of the male sex is noticeable among the lecturers and the audience. There is an even bigger number of those (men and women) who are not quite sure what we are talking about, as well as those who disagree with us, although they can not reasonably explain why, or explain exactly what a strong woman means.
The conference of strong women is there to educate, inspire, encourage. The goal is to make this world better not only for our daughters but also for our sons. But we are not just concentrated on the future. Our desire is not to forget those who fought before us. Our goal is to help those who are there now.
We provide a space for the victims to share their thoughts and raise their voice. We are here to show victims who can not yet speak that we are here for them. Misogyny, abuse, threats, shaming, and other problems and manifestations live in everyday communication. This behavior is also very much present on the Internet. Not only for adult women, but also for teenagers. Not just for them, but also for the children.
We fight together for justice and equality. We fight together for every person. We are fighting against injustice, against prejudices and stereotypes. We believe that life without violence is a basic human right, we provide support and encourage individual and institutional response to violence and thus contribute to the strengthening of civil society.
We are aiming to be strong individually and together. We encourage any argumentative debate, any question. We provide literature and guidance. But we do not tolerate stereotypes, prejudices, injustice, lack of respect. Every person should feel strong, and that strength should come from a safe and positive place. We should all be a change we are waiting for, and therefore there will always be a conference on this subjects.
We are all born equal, but the world is treating us differently. To be strong and independent means being true to yourself. It means being a better friend than you would like to have, a true partner. It means making connections with people like they are a part of your family. It also means saving yourself because no one should have to have a burden of saving someone. You are responsible for your mood, career, finance, happiness.
Being strong means having an opinion and arguments that go with it. It means knowledge. Being a strong woman means putting yourself on the same line with others, not above or under them. Treat people the same no matter of their sex, age or career position. You should only make a difference between those who are generally and personally good or bad.
Being a strong and independent woman is somewhat like having a soul of a child. When they are uncorrupted, children don’t make a difference on the playground between them. Girls will play with boys and girls, and boys will play with all.
You should know the world you are living in. Learn the history of class divisions, of feminism, and other social movements. But don’t choose to live by them. You are equipped to learn and do any job an activity regardless if the world classifies it as a women’s or a man’s thing. Nurture your interests, passions… Have a voice, an opinion, defend the people and the beliefs you stand for. Don’t let anyone tell you how to act, talk, work, or think. Find your truth. You are not a one-dimensional person. You are not defined by the size of your breasts or what you have between your legs.
Be a strong and independent person. Keep challenging yourself. Be your role model and hero. Be ambitious. Learn how to say no to things, people, words, and society. Help others and don’t be selfish but guard your essence against others who wont to change it or tare it apart. Everyone has strength and potential. Use yours.
It seems that whenever a woman is just saying her opinion, she publicly advocates a stand, or she is defending herself or someone else, it is often pointed out to her that she is rude, unbridled, too emotional, and more.
Since when is it negative to have an opinion? Since when the passionate became PMS? Do not let someone else tell you how you (should) feel, act, or talk. If you are not abusing someone, then you should carry on with what you are doing no matter the world. Do not lower yourself to help others in their quest to feel great and powerful. Don’t be mean is a common sense for every human, and – think and speak as you wish, is also. You can be strong and lovely/angry/charming/in love/alone… Whatever you wish and need.
Every person has a strength in them to take on the world. Do not hide yours from anyone. If somebody loves to give you constantly “a piece of their mind” while you are aware they are in the wrong, there is no reason to listen to it. Do not waste your time listening to nonsense just to make others feel intelligent, or important. If someone who is in the conversation with you, is not showing you the respect, there is no need to spend time in such company. It doesn’t matter if this person is always like that, or just with you. Because, you deserve respect and if someone has a non for you, you have no time for them.
Have you ever had someone ask you for a sincere opinion, and you answer them, and they get angry? You do not have to lie just for the other side to stay happy or because they can not stand the truth. You have a right to speak your mind especially when someone asks for your opinion. Do not belittle your opinions. Always choose the reality above the act of friendship. You will save yourself, but also the other most valuable gift – time.
Support our campaign to stamp out violent threats, misogyny and sexist abuse online. We will also be sending out information about the major conference we will be held in the new year to bring women together to support the campaign and put forward practical ideas about bringing the real change.We’re calling for women and men to stand together against violent threats online, misogyny and sexist abuse.
The internet is a powerful way to invigorate public life, and it must always be a form of free speech and honest debate. Just as we do in our homes, on the streets, in the pub or at work, we all want to be free to express our anger, disagreement, contempt or strong views in an argument.
But also, just as we do in our homes, on the streets, in the pub or at work, we should challenge intimidation, misogyny, racism or threats, and we should challenge a culture which says that persistent aggressive, sexist abuse is OK.
We are here to be together, to educate ourselves, to show support and that no one is alone. We are in this together, and as a whole, we will fight against any injustice. Everyone is born equal and should be equal for the rest of their life. Abuse is not an option, a right or an excuse. Abuse should always be addressed and condemned. The communication is always the key in every situation and day-to-day life, and it should be free of any abuse, misogyny or threats. Victims shouldn’t be shamed or left alone in an unfair fight.
Reclaim the internet is a forum for people that came together to debate what action is needed to tackle misogyny online. in the new year we will be holding a major conference to discuss what more can be done. We will cover a range of issues including:
- What action is needed against violent threats, hate crime and stalking online – which including standards there should be for the police, prosecutors, and media platforms?
- What action is needed to support people who are targeted by online abuse, sexism or bullying?
- What voluntary action should organizations take to set standards for their members – including political parties, campaign groups, employers, trade unions?
- What action should individuals take when faced with abuse – responding, reporting, shaming or ignoring?
- What is needed to prevent the next generation thinking online misogyny is OK?