Around the world, 1 in 4 women have experienced online abuse, and in New Zealand, it’s nearly a third.
This International Women’s Day, Amnesty International New Zealand and Colenso BBDO have created The Sound of Unity – an initiative that encourages people to speak up and call a stop to online abuse.
The silencing effect of online harassment and abuse is stark. Of all the women surveyed* who reported experiencing online abuse, 76% of them changed the way they use online platforms. That’s why Amnesty International launched She’s Brave: to support women and encourage social media owners to take action.
The Sound of Unity is an audio and visual icon made to help silence online abuse. It can be used as an alert tone that’s heard every time you receive a notification as well as a symbol of our fight to end online abuse. With your help, the Sound of Unity will quickly become the ‘audio badge’ for She’s Brave.
Says Meg de Ronde, campaigns director, Amnesty International New Zealand: “When we join together, we’re powerful. The Sound of Unity is a way for people around the world to show solidarity, to speak up in the face of abuse instead of looking the other way, and to encourage social media platforms to tackle this injustice. On International Women’s Day, you can join us and amplify the voices of women who are being silenced.”
The sound itself comes from the ancient Solfeggio scale. These tones produce specific frequencies that have been discovered to impact our mood and emotions. The frequency of the alert tone, ‘Re’ (417HZ), is said to undo negative situations and facilitate change.
To support the She’s Brave movement, New Zealanders are being encouraged to download the $2.39 alert tone here, and post an animated GIF on social feeds – to call a stop to any abusive behavior that’s occurring – an alternative dislike button.
Says Nat Knight, creative director, Colenso BBDO: “In the words of Nikola Tesla “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” We wondered if he was onto something, could the power of an ancient sound frequency be directed at a growing modern problem – to stop people being negative, abusive, toxic, haters online. If an ancient sound can help to silence online abusive behaviour then that’s something I want to be part of.”
The campaign is supported by several leading figures in New Zealand, including Melanie Bracewell, TJ and Greer Perenara, and Tiki Tane – and will be seen across social, radio and TV.