Developing a Digital Advocacy Curriculum for the Global South

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This session will be a collaborative discussion about the practices of advocacy both online and offline in the global south. With a focus on several case studies from different communities in the global south, we will discuss methodologies, factors of influence and principles for engagement in order to present a new approach to advocacy training and mentoring. This discussion will raise several questions : What is the importance of contextualized advocacy trainings? Is there a one size fits all approach? Does it really work? Is there a gender element to every advocacy campaign? The speakers have been working over a period of 9 months on Global Voices Exchange, a new project that aims at developing training and mentoring frameworks for the practices of advocacy in the global south. GVeX is also committed to empowering women in advocacy, and has brought 12 women’s rights advocates from 12 different countries in the global south to collaborate on the project.

Developing a Digital Advocacy Curriculum for the Global South
Presenter/s Abir Ghattas, Tanya Lokot, Arzu Geybulla, Nighat Dad
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Bio/s Abir Ghattas is Lebanese activist, blogger and a digital communication strategist with a focus on women rights, freedom of speech and digital security in the MENA region. She is currently the project manager of Global Voices Exchange, additionally she works for MideastYouth as their program director. Abir holds a BS in Computer Sciences and a Master's in Communication and Media studies. She is somewhere between Marseille and Beirut.

Tanya Lokot (Ukraine): Tanya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland researching the role of digital media in protests in Ukraine and Russia. She is currently working on a dissertation about the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine and augmented dissent, with a focus on the affordances of digital media and social networks to augment protest tactics, and the meaning of ICT use in protests. She is also contributing editor for RuNet Echo, a Global Voices project covering the Russian-language internet and a contributor for the Ukraine chapter of the Freedom House Freedom on the Net report. Her other research interests include: digital activism and political participation online, impact of internet communities on political decisions, social media platforms and social/political change, post-Soviet online spaces, information manipulation and propaganda online, and viral media.

Arzu Geybullayeva (Azerbaijan): Arzu Geybullayeva is an Azerbaijani writer with a focus on human rights and freedom of expression in her country. Her other areas of interest include gender equality and reconciliation in post-conflict states. She is the recipient of 2014-2015 Vaclav Havel Journalist Fellowship and contributes regularly to various international publications writing on Azerbaijan.

Nighat Dad (Pakistan): Nighat Dad is the Executive Director of Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan. She is an accomplished lawyer and a human rights activist. Nighat Dad is one of the pioneers who have been campaigning around access to open internet in Pakistan and globally. She has been actively campaigning and engaging at a policy level on issues focusing on Internet Freedom, Women and technology, Digital Security and Women’s empowerment. Ms.Dad has been recently included in Next Generation Leaders List by TIME's magazine for her work on helping women fight online harassment. She tweets at @nighatdad

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