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INVITATION – SAVE THE DATE!

#defyhatenow17

OPEN DAY & EXHIBITION 11th December 2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Women’s Union
Hai Neem (behind Equatoria Tower), Juba, South Sudan

Click here to get a special invitation for  your friends.

#defyhatenow cordially invites you to join an open day of discussions, workshops, exhibitions and screenings to reflect how the initiative has been working to offer alternative narratives in the battle against online hate speech. By raising awareness of how social media affects conflict and can be used as a resource to mitigate hate speech, and other means to actively engaging communities in peacebuilding and positive cultural exchange #defyhatenow hopes to make a positive contribution to South Sudan’s future!

Hate speech refers to information that incites, belittles or mobilizes others against groups or individuals based on their ethnicity, race, religion, gender, creed or national identity. This disturbing trend is widely practiced via online platforms, sometimes without even knowing it or realising the consequences, increasing the risk of inter-communal conflict offline. As an urgent community peacebuilding initiative formed in reaction to the way social media has been used to inflame the December 2013 and subsequent conflicts, #defyhatenow has been engaged with grassroots organizations and youth groups for trainings, workshops, and cultural activities across South Sudan, in its neighbouring countries and amongst the broader online diaspora.

The #defyhatenow team would be honored to welcome your active participation in this activity filled day, looking forward to acquaint you with project resources and activities including:

• Exhibition of photographs, videos and documentation from #defyhatenow activities
• Presenting the #defyhatenow ‘Social Media Hate Speech Mitigation Field Guide’
• Getting your voice and ideas for peace out online – interactive social media photo booth • Youths and children hands-on innovation and makerspace for collaborative arts
• How to engage with global knowledge resources such as Wikipedia for peace purposes • Preview film screening on raising on misuse of social media and likely impacts
• Culturally themed local food to crown the day!

Join #defyhatenow on Facebook, Twitter @defyhatenow
For further information, press and media, please contact:
Marina Modi <marina@defyhatenow.net> / Tel: +211 0955950026

#defyhatenow is a collaborative civic conflict resolution initiative funded by the zivik programme of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen / Institute for Foreign Affairs) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office

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DINKA LANGUAGE SPELLING COMPETITION IN BOR

Our Bor team led by Bior Ajang will be organizing an interchurch Dinka language spelling competition with the aim of bringing youths together to create cohesion and discuss matters related to peaceful coexistence.
The event will include speech and peace messages from elders and head of churches on the importance of being Peaceful respectful to each other and the value community gatherings.

Reach out  to our Bor team lead for more info
Bior Ajang Garang
+211955538390
biorajang9@gmail.com

Don’t miss this one if you are in Bor town.

Cheers
#defyhatenow

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How Identity informs opinions in South Sudan, an open discussion by #defyhatenow

the conflict in South Sudan is very complex and multilayered, which is evident in the uncertainty of the Peace Agreement, continued economic instability, and overall insecurity. One contributor to the current conflict is identity; whether through political affiliation(s), tribe, religion, ethnicity, etc. In this month’s (August 2017 ) #defyhatenow diaspora meet-ups we will explore this theme in an evening discussion with the South Sudanese community in Nairobi.

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#انتظار A BOOK LAUNCH AND AN OPEN DISCUSSION ON CRITICAL THINKING AND READING CULTURE

 A BOOK LAUNCH AND AN OPEN DISCUSSION ON CRITICAL THINKING AND READING CULTURE 

  • Date: 7th November 2017
  • Time : 16:00 – 19:00
  • Venue: NaiLab
  • Bishop Magua Centre, off Ngong Road opposite Uchumi Hypermarket.
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Contact : 0711250795
  • Pizza and Drinks will be provided
  • signup here 

It is our delight to be hosting the renowned South Sudanese poet and author Akol Miyen Kuol for the second time this year, Akol will be launching his poetry collection
#انتظار and engage with the audience in an open discussion on the role of critical thinking and reading culture in South Sudan.

http://www.akolmiyenkuol.com

Akol Miyen Kuol is an author, poet and journalist commonly known as Akoldit . He was born in 1974 in Thurkuruk village in the oil-rich region of Abyei, South Sudan. Due to the continuous political instability in Abyei, he deserted the region in 1978 and underwent studies in northern Sudan.

The author has published two collections of poems titled ‘The Sun Will be Rising’, 2001 and ‘The Last Train’, 2003, as well as an analytical book entitled ‘A Case for the Capacity of South Sudanese to Rule Themselves’, 2009. ‘Sudan: Understanding the Oil-Rich Region of Abyei’, which was first published in 2011 is Akol’s fourth book. He also published a paper in 1997 in Cairo, Egypt entitled ‘The Obstacles of Creativity in South Sudan’, in which he proposed among other recommendations, a confederation system as a solution to Sudan and South Sudan problem.

Akol is married to Christine Nyanakol Gordon Riak with whom he has three children, Mijak, Nyenawut and Kuol (Mandela, Jr).

About #defyhatenow

#defyhatenow seeks to support those voices acting against the conflict to go ‘viral’ within and outside the country – bringing the South Sudanese diaspora into the online peacebuilding framework, bridging gaps of knowledge and awareness of social media mechanisms between those with access to technology and those without.

http://defyhatenow.net

Email: njk@defyhatenow.net

http://defyhatenow.net/

facebook: defyhatenow

twitter: @defyhatenow

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#defyhatenow 2016 Infograph

Defyhatenow 2016 infographics PDF

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Mediation and counter-messaging for hate speech prevention

Our partner organization Youth Social Advocacy Team (YSAT) has successfully conducted a training on mediation and counter-messaging for hate speech prevention.  The event was held at Rhino refugee settlement in Arua district, Uganda.

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50 Peace Ambassadors and  15 Refugee Welfare Council (RWC)/Local Council (LC) Leaders were trained on Mediation, Counteracting Hate Speech, Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation, Violence prevention to enable them preach peace given their different roles and responsibilities in Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement which is comprised mostly of South Sudanese nationals.

This training is part of a series of activities aimed at helping the South Sudanese diaspora community in understanding the impact of hate speech and the need for active involvement of all citizens in peacebuilding.

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We believe citizens are key stakeholders in helping us defy hate speech among the diaspora community of South Sudan especially in Uganda where the biggest number of Refugees are settled.

Training objectives

  • To mobilize the Refugee community to join our walk for a Peaceful S.Sudan online and offline
  • To introduce the hate Speech, its dangers and how to counteract it in the society given its impact offline
  • To share what the Peace Ambassadors have been doing after their first training.
  • To spread the Peace mission in all the villages of Rhino Camp through the 50 Peace Ambassadors and the 15 Refugee and Local Leaders
  • To change the way people use social media to combat violence and reduce inciting violence.
  • To empower Refugee Youth as active Peace builders for peaceful co-existence in Uganda where they are living in the refuge camp.

 

Youth Social Advocacy Team is a Youth-led community-Based Organization that works with and for Youth (young people), empowering them to be Peace Ambassadors while in the different Refugee settlements. The organization enables youth to live together in the refugee camps despite the challenges of conflicts at home and the difficulties of living as refugee.

 

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#Peacejam17 Online

In conjunction with UN Day of Peace today, September 21st, the #defyhatenow initiative against online incitement to violence in South Sudan is holding a social media #PeaceJam17. Join us and take part in One Billion acts of Peace today.

Events are taking place all day both online and live in numerous locations in South Sudan, as well as globally including Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Canada and Japan.

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#PEACEJAMBOR:

We hold a Marathon for 10 teams (5 for kids and 5 for adults), then peace messages, dramas, songs, poems and more. Communities on/offline share ways of bringing peace home together. #Bor #Peacejam17 #SouthSudan

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#Peacejam17 #Bor #SouthSudan

 

Anyone interested in either South Sudan or in mitigating online hate and incitement to violence is invited to participate and connect with South Sudanese working to promote peaceful social media narratives through positive online cultural engagement.

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#Peacejam17 #Torit #SouthSudan

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The #PeaceJam in Torit will gather youths from communities in Eastern Equatoria to spread the culture of peace through drama and traditional performances (dance/ music). The workshop shall engage participants with an introduction to understand the impact of online hate speech and incitement to violence, followed by a focused discussion and idea sharing practical ways that community and youth leaders can engage in countering hate speech and mitigating incitement to violence in their communities, both online and offline. The outdoor event brings this message to the rest of the community with performances from local drama groups, artists, and peace activists.

social media-04Simply sharing your own social media peace messages using the tags #defyhatenow #SouthSudan & #peacejam17 will help strengthen the use of online channels for positive cultural change!

A #peacejam can be a social gathering, it may be based on existing types of gatherings, dances, theatre, songs or improvised forms of collaborative action. (2)

A #peacejam can be a social gathering, it may be based on existing types of gatherings, dances, theatre, music, sports, or improvised forms of collaborative action. To “jam” for peace is to improvise peacebuilding without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements, but to develop new ideas and ways of doing things spontaneously with the energy coming from the creative interaction of participants. Join the #defyhatenow #SouthSudan #Peacejam17 on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, WhatsApp or other channel to be a social media peace mobilizer.

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#Peacejam17 #Juba #SouthSudan #Defyhatenow

#PEACEJAMJUBA Nimera Talata Basketball Court

Music, drama and sports are a way of getting young and old together to laugh, cheer and listen to messages of peace. Performances from peace artists like Hardlie Avenue, VIP, WJ, and speeches from peace activists. The day ends with a basketball match of mixed boys and girls teams.

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#Peacejam17 #Juba #SouthSudan #Defyhatenow

#PEACEJAMNAIROBI: Arts reflecting on Cultural diversity in South Sudan

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#PeaceJam17  features discussion with South Sudanese artists and poets to an audience of South Sudanese diaspora community in Nairobi. This informal event aims at bridging gaps between different communities by sharing different cultural experiences from South Sudan. Guest of honour is renowned Abyei-born South Sudanese author and poet, Akol Miyen Kuol, also known as Akoldit. Akol will share his poem collection entitled ‘The Last Train’, referring to the August 2015 peace agreement. He calls on both men to ensure that South Sudanese citizens do not miss that last train.

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South Sudan Development Foundation is organizing a discussion on how to achieve peace in South Sudan. Come share your innovative peace ideas and listen to other participants’ ideas. The event is co-presented by #DefyHateNow as part of the series of #PeaceJam17 event around the world on September 21 – International Day of Peace! South Sudanese community members who attend the #PeaceJam17 in #Edmonton on September 21, 2017 will have the opportunity to share their innovative ideas about how to achieve peace in South Sudan. The goal will be to have the participants address the South Sudanese issues from a positive, solution-focused, peacebuilding lens, as a diaspora community.

#PeaceJam17 #Edmonton participants will have the opportunity to post their peace ideas and messages that they have generated during the discussion onto social media – Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Instagram etc. Participants will be encourage to create a habit of consistently posting peace messages on social media – because peace is something we should be preaching everyday not just at #PeaceJam events or International Day of Peace, which comes once a year.

#LetsTalk #thinkB4Uclick #BloodFree2017 #AnaTaban
#DefyHateNow #PeaceJam #SouthSudan #Peace4SouthSudan #WorldPeaceDay

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#defyhatenow: Mobilising Civic Action Against Hate Speech and Directed Social Media Incitement to Violence in South Sudan.

#defyhatenow is an urgent community peacebuilding, training and conflict reconciliation project aiming to support grassroots efforts to avoid media induced violence in South Sudan, through the vehicle of social media. We seek to enable those affected by the conflict to bring down the tone of online rhetoric, help the reconciliation process between their communities and develop a vocabulary with which to support ongoing peace and stability.

#defyhatenow responds to South Sudan’s ongoing civil crisis by addressing the roles played by social media users in exacerbating or helping to mitigate these issues, since the eruption of conflict in December 2013 and July 2016.

Our vision is to strengthen the voices and support the actions of youth, women’s and civil society organizations, peace activists and independent journalists in South Sudan to develop strategies to mitigate such scenarios, as part of a wider global ‘dangerous speech’ mitigation community. Also to create an awareness of the impact hate speech has in potentially fuelling conflict and how social media can be used in a constructive and peacebuilding manner.

#defyhatenow is funded by the ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (zivik) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt)

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UN WORLD PEACE DAY #PEACEJAM17 21st SEPTEMBER

#PEACEJAM17 #DEFYHATENOW

#defyhatenow social media #peacejam17 presents events in Juba, Bor & Torit in South Sudan; Nairobi, Kenya; Arua, Uganda; Edmonton, Canada & online.

#defyhatenow social media #peacejam17 aims to amplify ‘positive influencers’ occupying South Sudan’s social media landscape with voices of peacebuilding and counter-messaging rather than leaving that space open to agents of conflict.

A #peacejam can be a social gathering, it may be based on existing types of gatherings, dances, theatre, songs or improvised forms of collaborative action.

Anyone can join the social media #peacejam on Sept 21st, by attending an event or simply by sharing your own peace messages online with hashtags #defyhatenow & #peacejam17. Photograph your #peacejam messages, create gifs or quotes and upload to social media channels – blogs, instagram, facebook, twitter, whatsapp.

Hashtags need to be all one word, with no spaces to show up online as social media activism and allow monitoring of their reach, impact and engagement. 

Using #peacejam17 and #defyhatenow hashtags on your social media posts will help track the broader South Sudanese use of online channels for positive cultural change, and to gain a better understanding of the social media peace landscape.

“We sometimes forget that our online voices reach a wider audience than just our friends. #defyhatenow is reminding South Sudanese nationals that we need to continue working together to make the online spaces we inhabit more peaceful and tolerant. We are not just citizens of our respective countries, we are global citizens, and in a minute your online message could help bring peace or exacerbate conflict in the world.”

Kendi Gikunda, Bloggers workshop Nairobi August 2017

#defyhatenow #peacejam17 connects online with peacebuilders in South Sudan & the diaspora.

  • Harness the power of social media to promote peace; online and offline
  • Bring friends and communities in South Sudan and the diaspora together
  • Use Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Instagram, WhatsApp to be a social media peace mobilizer.

facebook: defyhatenow

twitter: @defyhatenow

http://defyhatenow.net/

Culture jamming is a tactic used to disrupt or subvert media culture and mainstream cultural institutions, using mass media to produce ironic or satirical commentary about itself, often subverting the original medium’s communication method. Memes & gifs are contemporary culture jamming tools that bring new understanding or angles to a particular theme or idea.

Blending ideas of a music improvisation (jam session) and culture jamming, #PeaceJam is an informal, community oriented peacebuilding event, process or activity where anyone interested in peace and cultural dialogue can get together in person and online to share their ideas, visions and hopes for the future – and to make new friends and connections. A #PeaceJam may be based on agreed actions or ideas suggested by participants, or may be wholly improvisational.

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To “jam” for peace is to improvise peacebuilding without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements, but to develop new ideas and ways of doing things spontaneously with the energy coming from the creative interaction of the participants. The #PeaceJam17 host acts as a “conductor” bringing different performers, activists and others together, to focus on all manners of peacebuilding, with individual ideas, slogans and connections to others online while using, and learning about social media.  #defyhatenow #Peacejam17 supports South Sudanese citizens, youth and civil society to occupy the global social media landscape with peacebuilding, taking action against hate, conflict and incitement to violence.

#peacejam17 #defyhatenow#SouthSudan

#LetsTalk #thinkB4Uclick #BloodFree2017 #AnaTaban #theSouthSudanwewant  #SawaShabab #Peace4ALL

While you are #peacejamming, actively look for; link to; comment on and share any other South Sudan related peace, cultural, artistic or positive development stories, organisations (grassroots, literacy, education, youth, women’s, diaspora groups) or online peacebuilding and social media activism campaigns.

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#DEFYHATENOW PEACEJAM17 QUESTIONS:

What can everyone of us do to promote peace?

What does peace mean to you?

What are the symbols of peace in your culture / community / family?

How can peace impact our communities?

#PEACEJAM2016 PEACE MESSAGES

Peace is the only thing that people can’t have enough of

Peace is like change, it starts within, so let’s get to work everyone!!

#defyhatenow #peacejam17 presents events in South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda & Canada, connecting online with peacebuilders in the South Sudanese diaspora

#defyhatenow aims:

  • to raise awareness of and develop means for countering social media based hate speech, conflict rhetoric and directed online incitement to violence.
  • to amplify ‘positive influencers’ occupying South Sudan’s social media landscape with voices of peacebuilding and counter-messaging rather than leaving that space open to agents of conflict.
  • to bring the South Sudanese diaspora into peacebuilding dialogue online

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#PEACEJAM17 EVENTS:

#PEACEJAMJUBA:

Venue: Nimera Talata Basketball Court

We will use music, drama and sports as a way of getting the young and the old to laugh, cheer and listen to messages of peace. Speakers include representative from #defyhatenow, peace activists, and representative from the German embassy. The day ends with a basketball match of mixed boys and girls teams.

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#PEACEJAMBOR:

We hold a Marathon for 10 teams (5 for kids and 5 for adults), then peace messages, dramas, songs, poems and more. Communities on/offline share ways of bringing peace home together.

Vine High School Students #defyhatenow BOR South Sudan

Vine High School Students #defyhatenow BOR South Sudan

#PEACEJAMTORIT:

The #PeaceJam in Torit will gather youths from communities in Eastern Equatoria to spread the culture of peace through drama and traditional performances (dance/music). The workshop shall engage participants with an introduction to understand the impact of online hate speech and incitement to violence, followed by a focused discussion and idea sharing on practical ways that community and youth leaders can engage in countering hate speech and mitigating incitement to violence in their communities, both online and offline. The outdoor event brings this message to the rest of the community with performances from local drama groups, artists, and peace activists.

#PEACEJAMNAIROBI: Arts reflecting on Cultural diversity in South Sudan

This year’s Peace Jam will feature performances by South Sudanese artists and poets to an audience of South Sudanese diaspora community in Nairobi. This informal event aims at bridging gaps between different communities by sharing different cultural experiences from South Sudan. Guest of honour will be renowned Abyei-born South Sudanese author and poet, Akol Miyen Kuol, also known as Akoldit. Akol will share his poem collection entitled ‘The Last Train’, referring to the August 2015 peace agreement. He calls on both men to ensure that South Sudanese citizens do not miss that last train.

#PEACEJAMRHINOCAMP: Yoro playground in Rhino Camp will be the central event location.

YSAT with support from #DefyHateNow and other partners will organise the #PeaceJam in Rhino Camp to bring young people together talking about Peacebuilding and raising awareness about how to avoid involving themselves in hate speech against their community members, tribes and colleagues. Drama, Poems and Music4Peace Concert will engage young people to make pledges of peace to #defyhatenow as they use social media responsibly in their daily life, and to create a platform to unite their efforts to fight tribalism, violence and hate speech online and offline with community led peacebuilding and intercultural engagement. Our target group are the local Refugee population in the 33 Villages of Rhino Camp with empathy to South Sudanese Youth, supporting their efforts to build peace outside their home country.

#defyhatenow social media #peacejam Rhino Camp, Uganda 21st September 2016 Photo: Jaiksana #peacejam at Rhino Camp, Uganda #peacevillage Photo: Jaiksana

#defyhatenow social media #peacejam Rhino Camp, Uganda 21st September 2016 Photo: Jaiksana
#peacejam at Rhino Camp, Uganda #peacevillage Photo: Jaiksana

About YSAT: Youth Social Advocacy Team is a Refugee Youth led Community based organization working with and for Youth to engage them in peacebuilding, meaningfully empowering them to be change agents, SGBV activists, and successful entrepreneurs while connected with the global networks of young people.

#PEACEJAMEDMONTON

South Sudanese community members who attend the #PeaceJam17 in #Edmonton on September 21, 2017 will have the opportunity to share their innovative ideas about how to achieve peace in South Sudan. The goal will be to have the participants address the South Sudanese issues from a positive, solution-focused, peacebuilding lens, as a diaspora community.
In order for #PeaceJam17 #Edmonton participants to concentrate on sharing and attentively listening to other participants contributions, participants will be discouraged from using social media during the first part of #PeaceJam17. Once the discussion is concluded, #PeaceJam17 #Edmonton will transition into part two of the event, featuring social media posting/sharing. #PeaceJam17 #Edmonton participants will have the opportunity to post their peace ideas and messages that they have generated during the discussion onto social media – Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Instagram etc. Participants will be encourage to create a habit of consistently posting peace messages on social media – because peace is something we should be preaching everyday not just at #PeaceJam events or International Day of Peace, which comes once a year.

SOUTH SUDANESE DIASPORA ONLINE

#defyhatenow seeks ways to involve the diaspora community in online peacebuilding activities.

Exile and diaspora groups are key actors in reducing the level and intensity of online hate, as South Sudanese living outside of South Sudan have a direct impact on South Sudan through social media. Diaspora communities are closely linked with civil society actors in South Sudan, facilitating solutions to the effects of social media hate and incitement to violence within the diaspora itself. We are interested in connecting with communities of the South Sudanese diaspora in USA, Canada & Australia to bring these questions into a wider discussion and engage with citizens to #defyhatenow.

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International Day of Peace

“Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”

This year, the International Day of Peace will focus on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants. Its messages will be shared with communities hosting refugees and migrants as well as people concerned that refugees and migrants may bring physical and economic insecurity to their lives.

“In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient scapegoats,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres:

“We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbours as ‘the other’. Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people — and societies — from achieving their full potential. Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope.”

The Day will highlight solidarity with refugees and migrants and showcase the shared benefits of migration to economies and nations, while also acknowledging legitimate concerns of host communities. Ultimately, it will be about bringing people together and reminding them of their common humanity.

Say No to Hate Speech #defyhatenow BOR

Say No to Hate Speech #defyhatenow BOR

#defyhatenow: Mobilising Civic Action Against Hate Speech and Directed Social Media Incitement to Violence in South Sudan

#defyhatenow is an urgent community peacebuilding, training and conflict reconciliation project aiming to support grassroots efforts to avoid media induced violence in South Sudan, through the vehicle of social media. We seek to enable those affected by the conflict to bring down the tone of online rhetoric, help the reconciliation process between their communities and develop a vocabulary with which to support ongoing peace and stability.

#defyhatenow responds to South Sudan’s ongoing civil crisis by addressing the roles played by social media users in exacerbating or helping to mitigate these issues, since the eruption of conflict in December 2013 and July 2016.

Our vision is to strengthen the voices and support the actions of youth, women’s and civil society organizations, peace activists and independent journalists in South Sudan to develop strategies to mitigate such scenarios, as part of a wider global ‘dangerous speech’ mitigation community. Also to create an awareness of the impact hate speech has in potentially fuelling conflict and how social media can be used in a constructive and peacebuilding manner.

#defyhatenow is funded by the ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (zivik) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).

Bior Ajang “What is #SouthSudan if we are divided?”

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