What about hashtags? #origins #activism

#MeToo. #BlackLivesMatter. #Kony2012. #BringBackOurGirls. #ArabSpring. #TakeaKnee. #Climatestrike. #JeSuisCharlie. #HeForShe.

Can you name all the protests related to these #s? You’re not the only one. Nowadays it seems that every protest has its own hashtag. Just like the protests I described in my previous two posts, #VelvetRevolution and #ябандерівець. But where did these #s come from? And have they changed how we protest? #letsdiscover

#IamBanderite: How Ukrainian Police Officers took to social media after a far-right protest

Some weeks ago I found a news article on the website of RFE/RL (Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty). It told the story of how Ukrainian police officers and law enforcement officials started a social media campaign using the hashtag #ЯБандерівець (I am a Banderite). For example on Facebook:  “I apologize, …

Of the #PurpleWave going from global to local and up to the crest again

Women account for half of the world population. However, they do no benefit from the same rights as their male counterparts. Many possible reasons can be brought to the fore: religion, politics, patriarchy… but what is important now is the eagerness to rebel against the existing system and to modernize …

Of how an antiabortion decision can make Argentinians lose their patience: #AbortoLegalYa

One little girl. Only 11 years old. Raped and then, pregnant. She was obliged to have the baby, no abortion allowed. Almost 6 months of torture, of rekindling THE moment…and a caesarea. 2 suicide attemps. Who can blame her? Argentinians jumped to the streets because this was torture and Social …

Of “La Manada” Case and how Spanish legislation is bathed in sexism

An unfair verdict, disregarding the victim, her suffering. Too many proofs against five men: the perpetrators. A video, harassment and humiliation recorded, for nothing. This drove Spaniards to take the streets and the Social Media walls, just to defend her, because the judiciary system was far from doing that!

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