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”

Digital activism in the urban cycling movement

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In my previous blog post, I talked about the power of digital media to get relevant audiences to listen, interact and get involved in a new social movement. Today I will dig into the potential of new digital platforms, such as Chat Apps, when talking about social activism and urban cycling. Continue reading “Digital activism in the urban cycling movement”

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)”

What viral videos teach us about street harassment

Women are acutely aware of how they are perceived in public spaces. The rates of street harassment vary, but it is present everywhere. Sometimes, it is so normalized women even struggle to refer to certain behaviors as harassment – they are just considered normal, if creepy.  Continue reading “What viral videos teach us about street harassment”

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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Do you hear the people sing?

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Saturday, October 19, 2019. The third day of the popular mobilisation movement which crosses all of Lebanon including Tripoli, the second largest in the country and a vibrant center of protest. It is about 6 p.m., the shades of night are falling on the city, people’s movements begin to slow down, though the young DJ Madi K is preparing to ignite the night!  Continue reading “Do you hear the people sing?”