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#defyhatenow bloggers workshop

Report from #defyhatenow workshop with South Sudanese bloggers in Nairobi, 27-28 July 2017

We sometimes forget that our online voices reach a wider audience than just our friends. Team #defyhatenow is reminding South Sudanese nationals that we need to continue working together to make the online spaces we inhabit more peaceful and tolerant.

Having a platform online gives everyone a voice, and empowers all of us to share our thoughts and contribute to global discussions. What you do with the “little big” audience you have is what matters. We are not just ordinary citizens of our respective countries, we are citizens of the world, and in a minute your online message could bring peace or exacerbate conflict in the world offline.

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Kenya is an example of a country where blogging has moved from a revolution to a way of life. The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) is at the forefront of this transformation. It is a community association of Kenyan bloggers and writers that promotes online content creation & free expression in Kenya.

BAKE connects blogs in Kenya from all areas of interest and expertise. It was formed in 2011 after a series of discussions concerning content creation and consumption of online content in Kenya.

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Topics covered included an introduction to blogging, how to set up a personal blog, ethical considerations, an overview of citizen journalism and storytelling for positive change in sessions from Kachwanya of BAKE, Caleb and Theo of PeaceTech lab, writer and blogger Kendi, with support from our #defyhatenow team project manager and social media manager.

Participants were able to create their own personal blogs, using Medium and WordPress.

The bloggers workshop also focused on strategies for understanding information verification and fact checking. PeaceTech Lab facilitated a session on how to detect and report instances of hate speech and online propaganda on Facebook and other social media platforms. PeaceTech Lab published the Lexicon of Hate speech terms in South Sudan, and conducts ongoing monitoring and analysis shared through the Open Situation Room Exchange (OSRx).

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We all need to be extremely careful about what we share because we reach an audience of more than our friends. Since you have the choice of how to speak and write, it’s important to choose your words wisely, and use them to promote understanding, tolerance and peace – online and offline.

#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.

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#RhinoTalks, South Sudanese diaspora community combating hate speech

#Rhinotalks, Rhino Refugee Camp Uganda

#Rhinotalks is a roundtable forum bringing together different actors and stakeholders from South Sudanese NGOs in Uganda, with journalists, refugee settlements leaders and student leaders. #Rhinotalks aims to raise awareness, explore and develop strategies for mitigating the existence of hate rhetoric among South Sudanese refugees and asylum seeking communities in Uganda.

The Rhino Refugee Camp Settlement is located in Arua District in northwestern Uganda on the outskirts of the country’s largest game park, and has been the “temporary” home to over 55,000 refugees, predominately from South Sudan.

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The event is an action to widen the campaign against online hate speech, with the focus on involving stakeholders and influencers by engaging them to discover their personal roles in mitigating online hate speech. #Rhinotalks also aims to create a series of resolutions to better counter social media hate speech.

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#Rhinotalks was organized by the Community Development Centre (CDC-Uganda), a community-based organization focused on building strong and resilient societies, as part of #defyhatenow diaspora outreach program at Rhino refugee camp.

The event was attended by over 28 participants from civil society organizations, CBOs, Journalists, Youth Groups and  Students from Rhino Camp settlement.

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The participants discussed ‘ What is Hate Speech?’ and examined the role of hate speech in the South Sudan Conflict through personal stories. Focusing on the roles of the stakeholders in mitigating hate speech, peace building, and reconciliation was part of the advanced sessions and the unconference group interactions.

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#RhinoTalks attracted the interest of media houses from South Sudan, with Radio Miraya conducting an interview with CDC’s Development Desk Officer, prerecorded and played on the 14th June at the Talks Event. Listen to Radio Miraya Interview

The event was featured on Catholic Radio Network [CRN], Friday June 16th:

South Sudanese in Uganda Call for an end to hate speech

“South Sudanese in Uganda call on social media users to stop spreading hate speech in search for peace, reconciliation, unity and development.
They criticize that continued circulation of hate speech resulting from sharing baseless rumours about incidences in South Sudan create hatred and disunity, Radio Easter reports.
Students and different stakeholders from civil society and community based organizations participated in the dialogue.
The discussion was entitled: Rhino Talks with the goal of “creating awareness and shared activism against inflammatory speech and direct incitement to violence”.
Bugema University student, Riak Michael, says South Sudanese should not be quick to spread unclear information. He adds that he learnt skills to identify, analyze and counter information that carries hate speech.
Johnson Poru, a student of Makerere University, Business School, adds that he will “responsibly share” with students and online users’ positive messages that promote peace.”  (Catholic Radio Network – Read full article)

Event outcomes  

  1. The event was attended by over 28 participants including civil society activists, refugee welfare councils RWCs, and South Sudanese University students participation.
  2. There was a high level of participation in terms of discussion. Everyone voiced their concerns before the end of the workshop.
  3. The participants showed a positive interest in the project activities and expressed that the timing and content of the project were relevant to them.
  4. The participants agreed to jointly work with CDC staff to monitor and report hate speech to avoid a further escalation of violence among the South Sudanese communities in the diaspora.
  5. Some of the civil society members recognized their role in combating hate speech by monitoring and working to mitigate it through their organizational initiatives.
  6. Youth took the challenge and promised to be agents of positive change and reconciliation among the South Sudanese refugee communities in Uganda

 

“I have learned to promote peace on social media “Eric. J. Moses

 

Johnson Poru , #defyhatenow #RhinoTalks

 

 “I have to speak up and share responsibly” says Andrew Lasu , #defyhatenow #RhinoTalks
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Online & offline hate speech in South Sudan, Illustrations by Hannah Rounding

A series of illustrations made by artist Hannah Rounding. The images are a series of visual training aids produced for the #dehyahtenow . The materials are designed to be used by NGOs, schools, universities, journalists and community groups to create awareness, discussion and understanding around social media based hate speech, the impact of this on the ground and ways social media can be used to mitigate violence.

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About  Hannah Rounding

Hannah is an artist/illustrator and international development professional. Ishe specialises in designing and delivering creative community development projects that span the arts, cultural heritage, media, peacebuilding, education and justice sectors. She has over 10 years’ experience working across multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK.

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PeaceTech Lab: Social Media & Conflict in South Sudan

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms & Countering Hate Speech

Since the outbreak of violence in December 2013, South Sudanese have called attention to how hate speech has inflamed further violent conflict. But what’s the connection between online hate narratives and violence on the ground in South Sudan? How do we begin to understand those connections?

To address these questions, PeaceTech Lab has developed a Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms, combining cutting-edge social media analysis with in-country expertise to identify both the terms likely to incite violence, and their social and political context. The Lexicon also identifies alternative language that would mitigate the impact of this speech via an online portal for countering hate speech.

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms Report

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms Report

“Countries with rapidly expanding Internet access, such as South Sudan, are also experiencing the spread of online rumors, misinformation, and targeted attacks to exploit political or ethnic differences,” says Theo Dolan, Director of PeaceTech Lab Africa.

Dolan says that raising awareness among social media users around the world is urgently needed to shed  light on the dangers of hate speech, particularly related to South Sudan. Online hate speech can spread through personal and family networks, and it spreads fast – information can flow very quickly from a diaspora community in Australia to the US and back to South Sudan.

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

The goal of the lexicon is to inform organizations and individuals combating hate speech and building peace in South Sudan, as well as to raise awareness among social media users on the dangers of specific inflammatory language.

The research is incredibly important because South Sudan has been in conflict for so long. People are already traumatized and online hate speech can reinforce this trauma. With more contexts around why these terms are inflammatory, people will have a better idea of how to combat the problem” says PeaceTech Lab Director Theo Dolan.

 

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

Access a summary of the project, live visualizations from the social media analysis of hate speech, news articles, and resources for organizations countering hate speech through the South Sudan Hate Speech Data Portal, located in the PeaceTech Lab’s Open Situation Room Exchange (OSRx).

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

Social Media and Conflict in South Sudan: A Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms Download Report
Open Situation Room Exchange (OSRx) South Sudan Hate Speech Portal
RADIO MIRAYA INTERVIEW with Theo Dolan on PeaceTech Lab research & lexicon
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#peacejam LIVE in Juba, Nairobi, Uganda, Canada & online 21st Sept

r0g_agency & #defyhatenow are happy to coordinate the international social media #peacejam for UN World #peaceday, September 21st 2016

Events taking place now with #defyhatenow partners in Juba, Wau & Maban (South Sudan); Nairobi & Kibera (Kenya); Rhino Camp in Uganda, Edmonton Canada; and wherever you are online.

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#defyhatenow #peacejam street theatre in Juba, South Sudan Photo: Hakim George

Please use hashtags #PeaceJam #DefyHateNow #SouthSudan & #PeaceDay on your social media posts & tweets. Using #peacejam #defyhatenow hashtags will help track the broader South Sudanese use of online channels for positive cultural change, and gain a better understanding of the social media peace landscape of South Sudan.

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Photo: Hakim George

Peace messages from Juba #peacejam “Peace is our strength” by Abar Algor & “PEACE is NO PoCs” by Soro Wilso

Selected events include traditional youth dance, street theatre and workshop in Juba; The Rhino Camp #PeaceJam (Arua, Northern Region, Uganda) which aims to reconnect south Sudanese Refugees in Uganda through an open interaction and workshop based event. Following the recent escalation of violence in south sudan majoring in towns like Yei, Wau and Yambio of the former western Equatoria state there has been an increasing rate of refugee influx to Uganda, South Sudan’s neighboring country; Diaspora meeting to #peacejam in Edmonton, Canada; Social media awareness and peace message workshop at The Hub, East Africa in Nairobi.

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Traditional dancers & youth group, street theatre in Juba Sept 21st. Photo: Hakim George

#PeaceVillage #PeaceJam, Uganda
The #Defyhatenow initiative brings together South Sudanese youth, elders and women from four refugee cluster settlements of Ariaze A & B, Ariwa, Simbili and Eden of the Rhino Camp to a peace building event. Aimed at networking, reconciliation and connecting South Sudanese socially through open interaction, peace messaging, drama, traditional dances and music. A brief presentation on dangerous speech will raise awareness of online hate rhetoric as one of the key contributing factors to the current South Sudan crisis. The conflict has maintained a steady escalation after July 7th 2016, forcing a large number of South Sudanese to move to Uganda, now the top country hosting asylum seekers from South Sudan.

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#peacejam at Rhino Camp, Uganda #peacevillage Photo: Jaiksana

#SautiKubwa #Peacejam, Kibera Nairobi
Swahili word, translating to “the big voice,” organises fun events to bring together different communities living in Kibera slums. Collaborating with brothers and sisters from neighbouring countries to inspire people working together for peace, health & education. #SautiKubwa is a variation on the #peacejam in the form of funny short competitions including, laughing, eating and face-making (gurning). Ending with a hug, and posing for photos with the sign of peace, all are winners, Young footballers – an important part of our community for peacebuilding, will have a juggling competition & final #peacejam photo message.

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#peacejam #SautiKubwa Kibera, Nairobi Photo: Calvince

Wikipedia Peace Agents #Peacejam
A first step in the wikipedia peace agents, where wikipedia is ‘mined’ to get an initial overview of information about South Sudan, what languages are being used etc … and for things that are particularly interesting to promote peace, unity and cultural diversity to bring these into the social media sphere, via facebook and twitter. Also contacting wikipedia authors, sources & connectors.

While you are #peacejamming, actively look for; link to; comment on and share / retweet any other South Sudan related peace, unity, cultural, artistic or positive development stories, organisations (grass roots, local, literacy/education, youth, women’s, diaspora groups etc) or online campaigns.

For example, this fantastic work by #AnaTaban initiative & community of artists and activists working for peace in South Sudan.

Photo: Charles Lomodong #AnaTaban, The Guardian

Photo: Charles Lomodong
#AnaTaban, The Guardian

#peacejamming now! #southsudan world #peaceday social media #peacejam#defyhatenow Share your peace messages on social media – please use hashtags #PeaceJam #DefyHateNow #SouthSudan in your postings & tweets; repostings & retweets. Participate online by sharing your peace messages on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc).

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#defyhatenow #peacejam in Kibera, Nairobi

#peacejam toolkit now online!

How to join the #southsudan social media #peacejam – toolkit now online!

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share your peace messages on social media:
#peacejam #peaceday #defyhatenow #southsudan

Social Media #PeaceJam World #PeaceDay Sept 21 2016

Be part of #defyhatenow social media #peacejam on world #peaceday!

#defyhatenow #peacejam #peaceday #southsudan

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Link to #peacejam facebook event page & join #defyhatenow fb group

Add your #peacejam to the official International Day of Peace Event Map

UN International Day of Peace – September 21st 2016

Share your peace messages on social media: #defyhatenow #peacejam #peaceday

What is peace for you?

When did you last feel truly, deeply peaceful?

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

Think about your experiences and make your own peace messages – be creative!

Write them with colourful markers, or any materials you can find (sand, pebbles). Paint or draw them. If there is a pithy and concise phrase that resonates with peace, turn it into a hashtag and start using it. Film short video messages, with your statement of peace on camera. Now you are ready to start the social media part of the #peacejam to #defyhatenow on #peaceday!

Photograph (or scan) your #peacejam messages and send them out into the world. Take photos of each other’s peace messages (if you are comfortable being online). If you made video messages, share them with #defyhatenow #peacejam on facebook!

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Peace starts within me – Iyiel Daud

South Sudan is You and I. The country is ours.

Attack problems not people

In peace we all win.

Inner peace translates to global peace

Use hashtags #peacejam #defyhatenow #peaceday along with any new ones you have invented. Send your peace messages out on facebook, to any groups you are part of, via twitter, instagram.

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The #defyhatenow initiative is focused particularly on South Sudan, although we are very interested in connecting with the South Sudanese diaspora around the world, everyone who is working for peace is welcome to join!

While you are #peacejamming, actively look for; link to; comment on and share / retweet any other South Sudan related peace, unity, cultural, artistic or positive development stories, organisations (grass roots, local, literacy/education, youth, women’s, diaspora groups etc) or online campaigns.

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Portrait by South Sudanese artist Abul Oyay

#AnaTaban is a community of young South Sudanese creatives who are tired of seeing our people suffer.

#AnaTaban provides a platform for ordinary people to make their voices heard and to draw attention to the suffering of the masses. #AnaTaban harnesses the arts to promote dialogue in the communities through music, street theatre, sculpture, poetry and just about any form of expression that could strike a chord with the public at large, and the youth in particular.

This song is dedicated to all those we have lost in this senseless war and to all those who are still here and are tired enough to make the changes we need:

Thank you for your positive energy and contribution to making the world a more peaceful place. Here are some additional resources to keep spreading peace and justice through activist strategies:

Join with people around the world– get involved in the International Day of Peace!

Beautiful Rising harnesses the insights of changemakers worldwide who are waging non-violence in cultural activism to help make our movements more strategic, creative and effective. Inspired by the concept of a “pattern language,” Beautiful Rising teases out the key elements of creative activism.

Jal Tekädä, The Journey of My Life, is a short film produced and performed by internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the UN protection of civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu, South Sudan, a town that witnessed some of the most brutal fighting of the conflict. The film tells the story of young IDPs’ journey to seek forgiveness and healing from the vicious civil war that erupted in December 2013.

Keep spreading peace, every day of the year!!!

Don’t let anyone with a political agenda derail your efforts or divide you from peaceful intentions.

Talk about what you can do next. Be actively engaged in peace on a daily basis in your own life. Keep building peace within you and inside your heart and seek professional help to overcome trauma.

Remember that every day you have the chance to choose peace, promote understanding, compassion and reconciliation through your own communication, experiences and interactions.

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

We work together for a peaceful world offline & online and peace in South Sudan.

#defyhatenow is an initiative to combat social media hate speech by r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, Berlin, and the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO), Juba.

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

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I am Southern Sudanese – Mer

Using my Guitar to speak hope | Mer Anyang | TEDxNakaseroWomen

May 2015, Kampala Uganda

“What is your responsibility? Some of us are Doctors, Journalists, Engineers, you name it. This war is not just in a neighbouring country, this war is really all over Africa. We are fighting tribalism, we are fighting gender based violence, we are fighting corruption […] You really have to do something, because time does not stop. Somewhere along the line, our voices has to be heard. Who we are in this world, has to be seen and has to matter […] Music is a language that taps into religion, into faith, into togetherness, into unity.”

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#defyhatenow Roundtable & Strategic Forum

Peace / Diaspora Roundtable & Strategic Forum on Mobilising Civic Action Against Hate Speech and Directed Social Media Incitement to Violence in South Sudan.

Date: Saturday 23rd JULY 2016
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Sentrim 680 (Sixeighty) Hotel Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi
Program: 4 sessions; breakaway workshop & focused strategic discussion.

Agenda: The main aim is to engage the South Sudanese community to develop a concrete action plan on countering the online incitement to violence.

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INTRODUCTION

For the past few weeks leading to the current conflict happening in South Sudan, the South Sudanese online & diaspora community have been engaged in serious hate messaging.
These hate “battles” seem to have started right after the conflict in KajoKeji, Raja and Wau. When violence erupted, South Sudanese online began confronting each other along tribal lines through hate videos, hate comments and so forth. This intensified when fighting started in Juba on 7th to 11th July 2016.
It is important to note that a particular social media posting by the First Vice President’s spokesperson was cited as allegedly being the catalyst for the violence in July 2016.
This one day roundtable is aimed at bringing various actors in the Diaspora together with local peace activists to develop a strategy to combat current online activities, and mitigate the threat of further violence.

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Atong Atem – Third Culture Kids

Atong Atem is a South Sudanese photographer based in Melbourne, Australia, who takes photos exploring the cultural identities of first and second-generation African migrants in Australia.

In a recent photo series she focuses on the social and cultural identities constructed by first and second generation Africans living in the diaspora. VICE spoke to her about living between two cultures, and untangling her home’s complex colonial histories. Her images focus on Third Culture Kids, who are often growing up in a perpetual identity crisis.

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