[su_dropcap style=”simple” size=”5″]A[/su_dropcap]s we prepare for #16DaysOfActivism 2019 we have partnered with 1000 Women 1 Voice (South Africa) and invite your Nonprofit Organisation to join the 2019 #HearMeToo Digital Storytelling Challenge.

#HearMeToo encourages gender-based violence victims to SHARE their stories as part of the healing process but also to inspire other women and girls to speak out, to UNiTE against domestic violence, rape and abuse.

Use the below prompts to design a 16 Days of Activism Advocacy Campaign to help raise awareness; funds and beneficiary support. The foundation of this campaign is Digital Story Telling and the prompts have been designed to help your Organisation (or beneficiary) tell a story for social impact.

Why Digital Storytelling?

Digital Storytelling (DST) is a workshop-based methodology that focuses on the everyday person’s ability to share aspects of their life story. It is grounded in the storytellers’ control over the medium – words, images and audio – so that the process of learning and production is as powerful for the storyteller as the end product is for the audience.

A final digital story is a short video (2–4 minutes) of images, voice, text and music stitched together using low-tech, affordable and accessible technology.  Participants narrate first-person scripts that they write and then match with personal photographs, drawings, music and sound effects to tell their story. Once completed, DST stories are easily published online and can be made available to an international audience, depending on the topic and purpose of the project.

The power of DST is in the process, not the product. It’s an opportunity to build young women’s communications and leadership skills, and amplify their voices.

Hashtags to use in your advocacy campaign or online research:
  1. #HearMeToo
  2. #16DaysOfActivism
  3. #16Days16Ways
  4. #EndVAW
  5. #EndGBV
  6. #FeministInternet
  7. #OnlineSaftey
  8. #1000Women1Voice
  9. #TakeBackTheTech
  10. #16Days
  11. #GBV
  12. #GenderEquality
  13. #EndViolence
  14. #GE4Us
  15. #GenderBasedViolence
  16. #OrangeTheWorld
  17. #MeToo
  18. #womeninaction
  19. #NoShame
  20. #EndViolenceAgainstWomenAndGirls
  21. #LeaveNoOneBehind
  22. #StepItUpForWomenAndGirls
Technology to use to create your Digital Story:

Advocacy Campaign Prompts – for 16 Days of Activism (25 November – 10 December 2019)

These prompts have been adapted from Joe Lambert’s book, Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community to help design your social impact story (or those of your beneficiary)

  1. Permission to create freely Start your story by telling us of the moment in time when you gave yourself permission to express yourself through your own creativity. Bring us to the moment of awareness that you felt supported to fully explore your creative voice.
  2. Making LemonadeTell us about the moment in your life when things didn’t go according to plan. Try to take us to the moment of realization that the situation you found yourself in is harmful/dangerous.
  3. Darkness before the lightEvery one of us has a moment before the big change – a low before the high, a setback before an accomplishment, a loneliness before the connection. Take us to that one developmental shifts in your life.
  4. Decisive moments In our lives, there are moments, decisive moments, when the direction of our lives was pointed in a given direction, and because of the events of this moment, we are going in another direction. Tell us about the moment you made a big decision.
  5. Inner ChildThere are images we take from childhood, snapshots of ourselves as a fully formed character. Sometimes, even at the smallest age, we knew we were destined to be ourselves. Share a story of the child you were, and where that child still resides in who you have become.
  6. BodiesWe all have stories about the surprises of our bodies, tests where our body has somehow survived…times when our bodies disappointed. Endurance, frailty, strength, limits, beauty, shame – these are all words we associate with stories we tell about our bodies. Share a moment when your body taught you a lesson.
  7. ScarsAll of us have scars – small ones from the scrapes along the road, large ones from the major bumps and spills. Some we can wear as badges of survival, some are not visible and are beneath our skin, beneath the surface, but have left their mark all the same. Share a story about a scar.
  8. Turning points with fiction The Fictive in literature, poetry, film, and theater are stories that present a reality that could have been, and a truth that is often more clarifying that the real events. We are often changed by the fictional stories we have experienced. Tell a story about the moment a fictional narrative – book, movie, theater, etc. – changed you.
  9. (Re)Discovery Trauma, and abuse can make one forget about happier times in life. Tell a story about re-discovering an earlier enthusiasm. It could be an old favorite subject or topic, a childhood hobby, a place of adventure.
  10. Emotional upheavalTell us about an event at a time in your life that reflected the inverse of the feelings of loss, confusion, or despair; where you observed something, heard something, read something, or did something that provided a glimpse of contrasting light against the darkness. Take us into this moment of possibility.
  11. Heeding the unexpected callWe all have moments when we have been called from our ordinary existence to wander into the lower world and explore the depths. 
  12. Return from the underworldShare a story of a moment when you brought the boon of forgiveness back to share with someone in the world.

BONUS: Social Media Challenge to help boost your engagement and get you into a consistent posting routine – challenge will begin on 12 August 2019 and end 27 August 2019.

Use the word prompt list below to help spark your creativity and design a social media post for each day. Include the hashtag #Tech2EndGBV on all posts so that we may engage with you online.

If you can’t take a photo or design a post for the day you may also use a free stock image site. An important note: Post relevant content to your Nonprofit.

#Tech2EndGBV Word Prompts
  1. Shift
  2. Guard
  3. Protect
  4. Ask
  5. Question
  6. Research
  7. Help
  8. Rest
  9. Read
  10. Listen
  11. Engage
  12. Committee
  13. Educate
  14. Truthful
  15. Support
  16. Development

What must I do if I am trolled online once posting my story?

Here are some strategies from the experiences of women’s rights and internet rights activists in the Take Back the Tech! Digital Safety Roadmap and Toolkit and the Tactical Tech collaborative manual “Zen and the art of making tech work for you.” There is no ideal response that suits everyone. Our online lives are a continuum of our offline lives, and our contexts and realities vary. Choose a strategy that suits your reality.

Sometimes we decide to deal with abusive trolls because they are attacking us personally and/or our organisations and we want to support our allies. Think carefully about the resources you share with them. The aim is to challenge their lack of knowledge, but by doing this you might call their attention to other people/organisations that will then come under attack. Other things to think about when selecting a strategy: Do you want to use your real identity to expose and engage with them? Do you have the time to document and report the abuse?

Don’t let them push you offline, silence you and make you feel like you can’t experience the internet as yours. Speak to friends, ask for assistance. Getting others to witness and support you is important and can help you feel more secure in taking action. Remember that you are not alone!

  • Document what you can. Keep evidence in case you need to report the abuse. Save the tweets, posts or comments as well as the usernames of the trollers. Remember that screenshots are not acceptable evidence for all platforms, so ask friends to help you document.
  • Ignore them. Trolls want attention and often want to escalate the abuse. You don’t have to respond!
  • Block them. Keep in mind that trolls may create numerous different profiles to continue the harassment, and this means blocking has to keep up with their new accounts. Also, blocking means you can’t see how serious the attack might be getting.
  • Report them. Social media platforms take misogynistic hate speech more seriously than they used to, although their responses are still far from ideal and skewed towards the Northern-based, English-speaking population.
  • Go anonymous. If you are feeling particularly vulnerable, rather than going offline, become anonymous. This means you can keep your real identity private and still take action. At the most basic level, you can create new social media accounts that are not publicly associated with your personal details or contacts and support the campaign from that handle.
Strategies for online security and offline wellness
  • Change your passwords to passphrases. Change them regularly, particularly when you are experiencing abuse or are pushing back against trolls. Keep your passphrases safe!
  • Explore security tools on each platform. Take the time to access the Security Centre of each social media platform. To access them simply Google Search “Platform Name + Security Centre”. You can choose the tools you need to protect yourself online.
  • Make self-care a priority. Violence aims to undermine your confidence, your sense of well-being and your ability to be an active, engaged member of society. By taking care of yourself, you are using a critical form of resistance, regaining control of your life and beginning the healing process.

Seek help if you are emotionally, physically or sexually abusive to your partner and/or children. Call the Stop Gender-based Violence helpline (0800 150 150).