Your Poetry for Online Safety

Thank you to everyone who shared their Make a Difference in a Minute on online safety. Through your poetry you help raise awareness of the extend of online abuse and its negative impact on women’s rights.

Your poems are being sent in solidarity to Seyi Akiwowo.

We are using this space to showcase a selection of the poems that we received. 

Safety:

Being safe online is knowing that your uniqueness will not only be tolerated, but celebrated

Being unsafe online is a repeating nightmare on a rainy cold winter’s night

Being safe online is like being safe anywhere else!

Being unsafe online is like Voldemort looking over your shoulder at a dinner party

Being safe online is like cuddling up on the sofa under a duvet after a tough day

Being safe online is my fortress of protection

Being safe online is like the sensation of eating a hot chocolate fudge cake and ice cream

Speaking truth to power is not easy

But safety is not a privilege it’s a right

 

Remember:

Remember this…

All who see your words

They are human too

They have rights - like you!

I pledge to pause, to think, to care!

 

I pledge:

Feeling unsafe online is like being lost in a dark maze

Feeling unsafe online is like being trapped in a little black box room filled with buzzing bees

Feeling safe online is like a sunny day in the park with your family

I pledge to be kind to others online

 

Feeling unsafe online is like being on a out of control roller coaster

Feeling unsafe online is like driving without wearing a seatbelt

Feeling safe online is like having an invisibility cloak

I pledge to be unapologetic, courageous, powerful and fight through fear

 

Feeling unsafe online is like living in a glass of rising water, exposed. Overwhelmed

Feeling unsafe online is like having to hide who you are from the world

Feeling safe online is like singing in the bath

I pledge to call out inappropriate comments

 

Vulnerability:

Feeling unsafe online is like being freezing cold on a winter’s night

Feeling safe online is like a warm duvet on a cold winter’s night

Feeling unsafe online is like having your front door open

Feeling safe online is like feeling free

I pledge to report trolls

 

Feeling safe online is like floating on a Lilo

Feeling unsafe online is like swimming with sharks

Feeling safe online is hanging out with friends 

Feeling unsafe online is like being bullied at school

I pledge to treat people online like they were right in front of me

 

Feeling safe online is like cycling in the park, strolling around without a care in the world

Feeling unsafe online is like a car driving straight towards you

Feeling safe online is like nothing (we don’t really think about it until we are in danger)

Feeling unsafe online is a walk home at 4am when you’ve missed the bus

I pledge to be kinder online