Hour of Silence

Today, Friday 16 November, marks the beginning of three days of global action. Around the world, hundreds of events will be held to bring people together across lines of division and help build connection and understanding.

But before we start "speaking with" those we wouldn't normally, let's take a moment to recognise those who can't even be part of the conversation.

At 9:00AM (or whatever time works best for you), individuals and organisations from every continent will observe a digital "hour of silence" to raise awareness of and stand in solidarity with those whose voices have been silenced.

Here's how you can be part of it...

1. SILENCE YOURSELF ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Wherever you are at 9:00am local time (or a time that works best for you), release a “post of silence” on your social media accounts -- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram -- and then refrain from further posts for the next hour.

CLICK HERE to access our suggested post in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

If you’d prefer to write your own, you can -- just make sure to include the hashtag #TogetherWeSpeak  

Also, you can make an even bigger impact by changing your profile or banner picture to show you’re taking part in the hour of silence. To download images for Facebook and Twitter, CLICK HERE.

2. TURN YOUR HOME PAGE BLANK

If you're an organisation or have your own website, you can add a black ‘cover’ to your home page for an hour (or longer). 

A suggested message is below, but feel free to edit to make it relevant to your local context:

"Our world seems more connected but also more divided than ever before. It's no longer enough to speak to those who already agree with us. If we want real change, we need to speak with those who don't agree with us.

But some people can't even be part of the conversation.

Last year alone, over 300 brave women and men were murdered for daring to stand up for their rights. And it doesn't stop there. In fact, just four percent of the world's population live in countries where the rights to protest, organise and speak out are fully respected and protected.

So today, we observe a digital hour of silence to raise awareness of and stand in solidarity with those whose voices have been silenced.

To find out more or join us, go to www.togetherwespeak.org/silence"

3. RECRUIT SOME FRIENDS OR COLLEAGUES

The more of us that take part in this global call-to-action, the more our silence will speak volumes.

Why not tag 3 friends in your "post of silence", encouraging them to join you.

Or, you can get a group of colleagues together and share an image of you holding a sign with the reason you believe that everyone's voice should be heard.