This is a new project to allow you to start, run and deliver your own campaign on women’s and girls‘ rights and gender justice, with the technology you need at your fingertips.

It can be big or small, heroic or ordinary. This is about power to the people. If you have an idea to achieve gender justice and make your community, your school, your local playground or the planet a better place for all genders, we offer this platform to assist you.

What have you noticed that needs fixing? Where do you see an opportunity for positive change? Your campaign need not be limited to particular issues or locations. Your audience can be global or local.

When starting a campaign the most important step is to get the ball rolling – don’t worry about getting everything 100% right. Even experienced, professional campaigners make mistakes and often change tack as things develop. You don’t need to be an expert to launch a campaign, you just need to be willing to learn new things along the way.

We expect we’ll probably see campaigns we don’t agree with, campaigns that might seem a bit random and or just plain kooky. That’s fine with us, as long as they are about gender justice, have a feminist perspective and are not defamatory, discriminatory, illegal, you get the idea.

It comes down to this: does your campaign promote or incite violence? Does it promote bullying, or advocate discrimination based on someone’s gender, age, sex, religion, ethnicity, nationality or sexual orientation? Is it defamatory? No? Excellent. We’re all good.

We reserve the right to use our judgment and take something down if it crosses a line of common decency, so take responsibility for your campaign.

A number of factors contribute to what campaigns are highlighted on the homepage. These include campaigns that are on the edge of winning, campaigns that have shown rapid growth and campaigns that are particularly timely.

These things take up a lot of space, so please read our security and privacy policy in full here.

While member data is collected using the platform, MANIFESTA and it’s partners Control Shift and Change Sprout do not own the data, nor is it processed except as directed by the Customer or as required for the operation of the platform. We treat member data as confidential information and take precautions to prevent the unauthorized disclosure, misuse, or loss of data. In addition to the other measures outlined above, we allow users to access and update their personal information to ensure its accuracy.

You start a petition on the Campaigner website.

You recruit your networks, friends and fellow campaigners to sign it, and they get their friends to sign.

We send it out to a few thousand of the Campaigner’s members. They get really excited about it, so we send it to everyone in your city, your country, or maybe even all our members around the world.

You use our email tool to have your neighbors contact the campaign target, and get even more signers.

You can download and print copies of your petition, and you deliver them to the company or person you’re petitioning. You might even get on TV and in the newspaper.

And most importantly — you achieve your goal and together we push back against gender discrimination and injustice.

Victory!

On MANIFESTA you can also take your campaign to the street. For instance, you can download a blank copy of your petition, collect signatures in person and then enter your data easily into the system.

You can set up a group in your neighborhood or your city –or in several of them simultaneously– to debate about the issues that you care about, to strategize together and/or to organize an event: a face to face meeting, a rally or any other demonstration.

You can join a coalition or set up your own, asking many other groups and organizations to run campaigns on the same issue under a common banner. Each campaign can have its own target, its own logo, its own goals but they all sum up!

You can access all of these features from the manage page. This is a tool that allows anyone, anywhere to take a campaign from start to finish.

Yes.

Petitions provide a useful snapshot of the level of public support for an issue and put forward a list of people who all share a common commitment or concern. And they don’t always need a big number to make a big impact – think about a local issue where a petition of 20 neighbours on one street would require someone to sit up and take notice.

Petitions can be the catalyst for conversations that change how people think conversations with your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, church group, school, fellow consumers, local club; political representative or business leader.

It’s most effective when you make a point of delivering your petition to your target in personal, high-profile or creative way, explaining why supporters feel the way they do.

But it probably won’t do much if you just start a petition and walk away.

Ah, grasshopper. You have understood the principles of campaigning 101 and are ready for more advanced teachings.

Excellent.

Here’s the thing. Sometimes your campaign is won pretty quickly, and that’s an amazing feeling. Other times, a campaign needs a movement of supporters behind it to really succeed. When the barriers to change are high this tends to be the case.

And that’s when you need to build a movement.

Movements are diverse groups of people who probably have different skills, professions and interests but are united around a common purpose. These individuals can communicate why an issue is important to them and will often experiment together with different tactics over time to build power and instigate long lasting change.

You can’t build a movement alone. A movement is born from a team of people with complementary strengths and diverse skill sets. Real movements grow through collaboration and skill sharing, and while some may step forward more naturally to be leaders, everyone has a part to play.

To build a movement, you need to find other people who care about the issue but have different skills from you. If you’re a great writer, find someone who’s good at accounting. If you’re not a people person find someone who is. Build and invest in those personal relationships to ensure your team is strong and diverse.

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Petition owners can use MANIFESTA to create events such as rallys and meetings once your petition has received more than 100 signatures and has been moderated to a level of “good” or above.

Local Groups can schedule events for their group.

To learn more about how to create events, go to support/events.