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Peace Basketball Tournament Juba 3pm Sept 24 #defyhatenow

Venue: Jubek Basket ball Stadium, Nimra Talalt (#3)
Date: Saturday September 24th 2016
Time: 3:00Pm promptly

Post photos and updates to #defyhatenow on facebook & @defyhatenow on twitter


#defyhatenow & Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) is organization a peace basketball tournament as part of the #defyhatenow activities aimed at combating Social media based hate speech and directed incitement to violence.

There will be sharing of peace messages and creative performance during the tournament.

Venue: Jubek Basket ball Stadium, Nimra Talala (#3)
Date: Saturday September 24th 2016
Time: 3:00Pm prompt
Entry Free, Courtesy of #defyhatenow

Come let’s make South Sudanese voices for peace heard above the rhetoric of hate, violence and intolerance. Let us celebrate our unity and diversity and together take a stand against forces dividing our communities, friends, families and cultures apart.

#CEPO #defyhatenow #PeaceJam #PeaceDay #SouthSudan

Four teams are taking part and all comes from Juba one primary school.


#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.


#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.


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.


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.

14449782_1753983521523210_6779020375209035324_n #peacejam at Rhino Camp, Uganda #peacevillage Photo: Jaiksana

#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.


#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).

#peacejam toolkit

#peacejam toolkit

#defyhatenow #peacejam in Kibera, Nairobi

#peacejam toolkit now online!

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


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


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!


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.


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.


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.

International Day of Peace – Poster

#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).


10 Days of Peace Activism – CEPO

#10 Days of National Peace Activism, CEPO South Sudan
Follow us on twitter: @defyhatenow, @ceposouthsudan
Like our FB pages #defyhatenow & CEPO Make Peace Happen

We cordially invite you to take coverage of the 10 Days of National Peace Activism marking the first anniversary of the signed Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.

The objective of the activism is to collectively advocate for the call for peace, which is the motivating force behind the various activities under the national peace activism.

This year’s event aims at building momentum to demand effective implementation of the Peace Agreement. We would be interested to speak to you about this event and learning more about the unique individual’s peace messages.

Similar activities are happening in; Wau, Rumbek, Yambio, Torit, Yei, and other parts of South Sudan.

Visit our websites #defyhatenow and CEPO South Sudan

The ten days of peace activism is led by #‎CEPO‬ South Sudan ‪#‎defyhatenow‬ ‪#‎Women‬ Monthly Forum and ‪#‎South‬ Sudan Council of Churches.

Speak up. Educate. Share Responsibly

Responsibility on social media

Speak up. ThinkB4Uclick. Share Responsibly

Picture this scenario. Your phone beeps. You open the message and as you go through it your stomach sinks. The content is offensive to you and you wonder what your next step should be. It could be a message that is perpetrating misogynistic, tribalistic or racist stereotypes.

Are you aware that you can take back your power by telling whoever is responsible to stop sending such content to you? Do you know that this can spark a question in the sender’s mind and make them want to know more about your stance? You can turn this into a perfect opportunity to open a dialogue, and start to educate them about the personal affect and cultural context of their message.

Alternatively, picture this scenario. Your phone beeps. You open the message and your laughter makes you want to fall to the ground because your legs are not capable of supporting you anymore. You find the contents amusing because that misogynistic, tribalistic or racist joke is comic genius.

Are your fingers itching to share this offensive message with others because you think it is entertaining? Are you aware that once you forward a message, you are responsible for spreading that content, and potentially causing harm to people you know?

All it takes is one click to send, and you are transformed from the innocent receiver of an inappropriate message to an amplifier, who has enabled the the same offensive content to spread far and wide.

Have you ever stood on the banks of the River Nile in Juba and shaken your head in disgust at the filth that floats on it? Those unsightly plastic bags and empty water bottles are so annoying. I can bet you always wonder who those individuals are that are spoiling the environment and why do they toss garbage into the Nile so carelessly as if the other people who use that same water don’t matter?

As if they themselves don’t use that water? Imagine if the Nile were the internet and the garbage floating on it represents hate speech on social media, would you be counted among the innocent? If not, what garbage have you figuratively thrown into the Nile and polluted it with? Imagine the ripples along the Nile as your message travels like a stone skipping across the water.

Stop and think about how many people might be negatively affected by your actions in one thoughtless moment. Do you really want to be responsible for promoting disharmony or causing insult and potentially even inciting violence towards other people in your community? Maybe your neighbour, a friend or even family.

What should you do when you receive an offensive message?
A message that *offends your sense of what is right and wrong?
A message that unfairly targets a group of people?
The answer is simple:

Speak up. #ThinkB4Uclick. Share responsibly.

It could be words, an image, video or audio received through various social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Whatsapp. Is the message from a friend, family member or from someone you barely know? It doesn’t matter where the message originates. You have the power to stop it going any further.

People say that sticks and stones may break my bones, that words will never hurt me – but this is not actually true. Your words do have an effect on others.

Speak up. Educate. Share responsibly.

Responsibility on social media is something that many users tend to overlook because there is a false sense of being anonymous. You are hidden behind a screen, as if what happens on social media is not part of reality. Behind every social media message is a person with a conviction, an intention, a certain mindset.

  • Are your personal convictions contributing to the betterment of your society, your neighbour’s wellbeing and your country?
  • Are you standing up for justice, tolerance and understanding?
  • Whenever you can make a stand, do so with compassion, and you will make a difference!

How we respond to these messages changes us from passive consumers of technology to active and conscious creators and generators of change.

For every negative message you receive, send two positive messages.

You have the power. Use it wisely!

Speak up. #ThinkB4Uclick. Share responsibly

*some synonyms for ‘offends’ – insults / affronts / outrages / disgusts / horrifies / hurts / antagonises

Guidelines on responsible use of Social Media
#defyhatenow Social Media Code of Conduct

UNESCO Countering Online Hate Speech

Stopping hate – get the trolls out Guidelines by Media Diversity Institute

#ThinkB4Uclick #defyhatenow #SouthSudan #Peace

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.

#defyhatenow #SouthSudan #Peace4SouthSudan


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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Community Development Centre, Yei South Sudan

CDC is an indigenous non-governmental, nonprofit organization in South Sudan, founded by a connection of artistic and ambitious South Sudanese youth in Yei.

Youth, who constitute the largest share of the South Sudan population and also in cyberspace, need to be educated & equipped with the necessary competence to recognize and act against online hate speech.

DHN_CDC_Yei_StPauls_02This June, combined with  r0g / agency for open culture and critical transformation we’ll be hosting major ‪#‎defyhatenow‬ campaigns in Yei that aim to mobilize youth, organizations and citizen stakeholders to act against hate speech.

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PoC Workshop May 2016

Social Media awareness and mitigating hate speech workshop at Juba PoC3

May 28th 2016

Workshop initiated by r0g_agency in collaboration with CEPO.


Focussing on the mechanisms of online extreme speech and means to counter social media hate speech in South Sudan, participants from both Juba PoC1 and PoC3 included women, youth and faith leaders, lawyers, students and journalists.

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