Here at New Tactics, we believe storytelling is a valuable tool for human connection and inspiration. We recently invited the President and CEO of CVT, Dr. Simon Adams, to share how he found his way to human rights activism. Check out his story below:
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Welcome post from Melissa McNeilly, our new Project Manager for Digital Content Creation.
In this series on hashtag activism, we have explored how hashtag activism facilitates the promotion of important days of recognition and the tactic's role in centering the voices of survivors. This last blog post in the series looks at how hashtag activism has been used to change policies, highlighting a sixteen-day Twitter campaign “We Are All Amina Filali” with the hashtag #RIPAmina.
The #MeToo movement is an example of hashtag activism that has had a far-reaching impact, as well as both results we can celebrate and lessons we can learn from. For me, the use of hashtag activism is an efficient way of making content accessible. This social media tool makes it possible for information to be transformed into short, digestible and shareable segments. On Twitter, these segments are no more than 280 characters. Hashtags like #MeToo also enable users to quickly find other social media posts with the same tag. This creates a ripple effect. The discovery of one hashtag opens doors to other similar hashtags and issue areas. This is the impact of the solidarity that the #MeToo movement fosters; seeing so many others share their story, users might be encouraged to share their own. This brings us closer to holding oppressive systems accountable and encouraging community and individual healing.
With the upsurge in social media use, one tactic that has seen great attention and usage is “hashtag activism.” Hashtag activism is a type of online activism that involves the use of hashtags on media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Its main purpose is to build public support for social and political awareness and change.
CVT’s capacity development work reaches even more people impacted by torture, trauma and other human rights abuses.
In my experience in the inclusion field, I have found that the lack of reliable data and comparable statistics are major obstacles to including a disability perspective into development programs. Improving the collection, analysis, and availability of disability statistics is essential to advocating for disability rights. Data provides the foundation for enhancing policy and decision-making on evidence-based programs.
Authors: Andrea Cárcamo, senior policy counsel, Leora Hudak, staff wellbeing and mental health specialist, Urmy Shukla, program evaluation advisor, and Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva, New Tactics training officer
New staff member Sydney Stead brings social work, organizing and CVT East Africa experience to New Tactics.
Hello New Tactics community! I am delighted to begin connecting with you as the New Tactics in Human Rights Program Coordinator. My role will largely be to provide programmatic, logistical, risk management, and administrative support.
After a year of working for New Tactics, I never once stepped foot in the St. Paul, Minnesota office. I only met my coworkers in person one time and yet I was still provided with such a meaningful learning experience at CVT. Although this was a different internship experience than most, I really enjoyed having the opportunity to work with such an amazing team and for a great organization. As a sophomore at George Washington University, I spent hours searching for opportunities to work in the international affairs field in Minnesota for the following summer.