#IWD2018 (2/5): Online movements need to innovate to avoid disappearing

The #metoo movement got rolling when Hollywood actress @Alyssa_Milano requested women to publicly join the movement on 15 October 2017. It quickly spread to Sweden, and has managed to maintain both support and exposure over several months. Many didn’t think it would keep momentum for that long. In order to …

#IWD2018 (1/5): Why we need to focus on ICT in Women’s rights

International Women’s Day 2018 made social media explode with engagement world-wide. Hashtags such as #IWD2018, #PressforProgress, #TimeisNow and #Wikigap have been trending on Twitter for the past couple of days. Going online and turning to ICT tools (Information and Communication Technology) in the fight for women’s rights and equality is …

First Settlers – Indigenous activist claims to the digital space

From guerrilla tactics in the Chiapas to Inuit covers of Rihanna. How indigenous activists claim and change virtual space online whilst negotiating identity “Once again we are leading.” said President of the USA with a smile on his face “When we lead, we build security, we build prosperity for our …

Black Panther, Representation and Activism

As many others, Black Panther made me feel excited about finally seeing some fair representation on the cinema screen. The important role and power of black women in the piece tickled the intersectional feminist in me, so I couldn’t help but think: What does this mean for African activism and …

#Kosovo10 – Reflections on new media, development and activism in Kosovo

Two years ago when chilling on the porch of a hostel in Prishtina, capital of Kosovo, with backpackers from all around the world from New Zealand to Brazil, sharing stories and adventures of travelling, a local guy in his early 20s joined in. He was invited by a young German …

Where is the African Spring?

Social movements have been an active part in sub-Saharan Africa since the colonial struggles and ongoing through the post-colonial era. It is not a new phenomena. And the Arab Spring did not become an African Spring. We know that for certain now. I’m talking about the spread of revolutions in …