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Reflections Through the Lens of New Tactics Guiding Principles

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Reflections Through the Lens of New Tactics Guiding Principles

This Perspective was contributed by Emily Hutchinson, former New Tactics in Human Rights Program Manager, who is now the Interim Vice President for Global Programs at the Center for Victims of Torture.

 

Using hashtag activism to change policies: #RIPAmina

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Using hashtag activism to change policies: #RIPAmina

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.

Using hashtag activism to give survivors a voice: #MeToo

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Using hashtag activism to give survivors a voice: #MeToo

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. 

Hashtag activism to promote recognized days of importance: International Women’s Day

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Hashtag activism to promote recognized days of importance: International Women’s Day

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.

Using Data to Advocate for Disability Rights

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Using Data to Advocate for Disability Rights
Using data to advocate for disability rights

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.

Resiliency at the U.S. Southern Border: Legal Service Providers Get a Self-Care Boost

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Resiliency at the U.S. Southern Border: Legal Service Providers Get a Self-Care Boost

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

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Welcome Sydney!

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Welcome Sydney!

New staff member Sydney Stead brings social work, organizing and CVT East Africa experience to New Tactics.

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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.

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