This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com
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Popular YouTube comedian Lilly Singh addressed the importance of women supporting other women on and off of the Internet during VidCon 2016 on Thursday.
The #GirlLove on YouTube panel brought together Singh with fellow creators Rosanna Pansino, Cassey Ho and Lindsey Stirling on the Kia Maintage at the Anaheim Convention Center.
“I think it’s so important for women to support one another and not necessarily always be hostile and compete against each other,” Singh, who launched the #GirlLove social initiative, said. “I think I learned this when I first started YouTube and I became friends with so many people… I really wanted to just make it cool to compliment other women because I do believe we’re all in this together.”
Singh, 27, admitted that, “we live in a society that pits women against each other,” explaining that this inherent sense of competition makes it even more important to push for healthy female relationships.
“We have to proactively think about that, and take steps to go the opposite way,” she charged, later adding, “A really good start is that it’s important for your friends and you to have the same priorities and same values… if you can’t value other people and other people’s friendships, there’s no way you’ll be able to value the people in your own friendships.”
Singh, who is known for her hilarious online sketches, was ranked 8th on Forbes’ list of World’s Top Earning YouTube Stars of 2015. The Canada native goes by the username Superwoman on YouTube.
“Your ideas can literally change the world,” Singh assured the panel’s audience on Thursday. “If you change your behavior you can change the world… you all have a voice. And no one is going to stop you from talking about what you want to talk about.”
Singh also hosted a discussion called “Defining a Unicorn with Lilly Singh,” and participated in the “In This Together: Creators and Communities,” panel on Thursday. In addition, she was a part of a case study called “The Team of an Online Video Creator.”
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Reporting by Gabrielle Olya