On Thursday, the third anniversary of the now famous spread of #MeToo posts, and 14 years after the Me Too movement truly began, the advocacy group behind the rallying cry is launching a new platform to further the fight towards ending sexual violence.
The digital civil engagement platform known as “‘me too.’ Act Too” will provide survivors, allies, and advocates tools to take action against sexual violence via curated events, learning opportunities, and more.
“Awareness is nothing without action and that’s what we wanted to convey in our next act,” Tarana Burke, the founder of the “me too.” organization, which started the movement in 2006, said in a press release. “Today, we all have the chance to write another chapter, and to contribute to everyday activism as simple as joining a march or reading a book.”
The platform is available here. There’s a wide range of actions available: Platform users might take a quiz with their children to teach them about consent, complete bystander intervention training, or participate in an online survivors healing series.
There’s nothing required of people in order to take an action, such as creating an account. People merely find actions that are meaningful to them and then take them.
From the thousands of available actions, platform users can create their own personal to-do lists. At the end of a session on the platform, users can email that list to themselves, or sign in via a social media account they already have to save the list for future sessions.
The platform’s blockchain record, which records all actions taken, serves as “a new way to write history,” according to the press release.
Every time an action is taken, a trailblazing woman is filled in to honor the women who paved the way for the current movement.
“Through ‘me too.’ Act Too, the history of this movement will be written by the activists themselves, and recorded for posterity to a permanent archive on a public blockchain so that their voices can never be altered, disputed or erased,” Burke said.
Along with the new platform, the organization, which recently became a nonprofit, also announced its first CEO, Dani Ayers, who will co-lead the organization with Burke.
“We all have a role to play to ensure a future free of sexual violence,” Ayers said in a press release. “Over the past three years, we’ve seen more survivors, advocates and allies speak up and step up, shifting the conversation around what it means to actually end sexual violence through public acknowledgment, accountability, and action.”