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About Amber Minnings

Amber Minnings was a former Public Relations and Online Engagement Coordinator at the Canadian Women's Foundation. She is passionate about engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls, and promoting gender justice worldwide. 

What the Hashtag: Efforts to #DenyRooshV & Build #ConsentCulture in Canada

2017-12-19T17:37:39+00:00August 31, 2015|Gender-based violence, Sexual abuse, What the Hashtag, Women in media|

Woman with thought bubbleAugust’s online activism was all about #consent.

The month started with the unfortunate emergence of pickup artist, Roosh V, and a widely shared petition to ban him from visiting Canada. The petition didn’t keep him out but it did get people talking, and #DenyRooshV became a rallying cry for those opposed to his pro-rape message.

What the Hashtag: #WhatHappenedToSandraBland & #TheEmptyChair

2017-12-19T17:39:38+00:00August 4, 2015|What the Hashtag|

Woman with thought bubbleWhile in May feminists delighted in the schadenfreude of #HowToSpotAFeminist and in June many celebrated the legalization of gay marriage in the US with #LoveWins, July’s online activism took a somber turn.

Last month, #WhatHappenedToSandraBland brought attention to the disturbing death of #BlackLivesMatter activist Sandra Bland.

Stopped for a minor traffic violation in Texas and found dead in police custody days later, Bland’s death has raised awareness and questions about state violence, institutionalized racism, the vulnerable bodies of black women, and the dangers of “driving while black”.