To the memory of Lina Ben Mhenni, the woman who blogged the Jasmine Revolution

Since the 2010-2011 Tunisian uprisings, much has been said about the determinant role of the Internet and social media.  Lina Ben Mhenni, the young Tunisian women blogger and social rights activist, has denounced the violence of Ben Ali’s authoritarian regime and confronted police impunity with her sick body, her extraordinary courage, her fierce independence and perseverance. So, who is the real protagonist,  the activist or technology? Continue reading “To the memory of Lina Ben Mhenni, the woman who blogged the Jasmine Revolution”

Group Post: The effects of Corona Virus on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

For most women’s organizations, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a magical part of the year, when they are granted access to the highest echelons of global policymaking. For two weeks, they organize side and parallel events, they participate in interactive dialogues with Member States and they lobby and advocate tirelessly. It is also an excellent opportunity for networking and building global coalitions on basically all issues that affect women – from economic independence to disability rights, combating violence against women and girls. Continue reading “Group Post: The effects of Corona Virus on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)”

Cycling Without Age – A ride with no final destination

Cycling Without Age (CWA) is an international movement that spreads happiness among the elderly community and the whole society thanks to the power of social media storytelling. Founded in Copenhagen eight years ago, this social project is now represented in 47 countries, having more than one million members on board.

Have you ever imagined yourself cycling with 90 years old? Let me tell you how this can be possible but first, let’s briefly go through the history of this international movement. 

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#DisabledBeauties on Instagram: Beauty as a Tool for Activism

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I’m not sure how I stumbled across the profile and # but as a disability rights activist and a feminist, it caught my attention when I bumped into #DisabledBeauties on Instagram. At first, I thought it to be a healthy dose of self-love and recognition yet it really made me think… Continue reading “#DisabledBeauties on Instagram: Beauty as a Tool for Activism”

The coronavirus ‘infodemic’

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As the coronavirus spreads, so too does misinformation. This blog will show how social media is both fanning the fire – and being used to tackle the outbreak.

“This is a real WHO public announcement,” said my friend in a WhatsApp message in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak. 

She had sent a screenshot of what appeared to be an official World Health Organisation (WHO) infographic titled; ‘Reduce your risk of coronavirus infection.’ It had the official logo, brand colours and icons typical of many WHO social media graphics. Everything looked legitimate except the final sentence. ‘Avoid unprotected sex with live wild or farm animals.’  Continue reading “The coronavirus ‘infodemic’”

Food as ‘Old Media’ and the Refugee Food Festival

Orange peel, cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, clover, parsley, mint, lavender…

Are you already smelling and/or tasting these ingredients? To what kind of dish would you add them? A main course? A dessert? Or a tea? Continue reading “Food as ‘Old Media’ and the Refugee Food Festival”