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#HateSpeech: How is online hate speech hurting feminist activists today?











#HateSpeech🗣 How is online hate speech hurting feminist activists today?


🦠 Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, activism for many important issues–including calls to end sexist norms and gender-based violence–has been forced to migrate to the digital space.


🛑 However, social media platforms are not always a safe space for women and LGBTIQ+ people who speak up. Online freedom of speech has been abused by trolls and anti-feminists to spread hate and undermine the experiences of vulnerable people. As a result, their physical and mental health are compromised.


#WeAreManushyan ♾ Equal Human Beings


✊🏻 To ensure that the online environment is a safe space where people can share their experiences and voice about their opinions and beliefs without fear of abuse, Manushya Foundation demands that tech companies conduct due diligence and prioritize human rights over profit!


🗂 In collaboration with the ASEAN Regional Coalition to #StopDigitalDictatorship, we sent a joint submission to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on human rights due diligence, tech sector responsibilities, and business transparency ➡️ https://www.manushyafoundation.org/joint-submission-on-the-application-of-the-ungps-on-businessandhumanrights-in-the-tech-sector


 

Sources:

United Nations: Understanding Hate Speech



American SPCC: Effects of Cyberbullying


Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders: Standing tall - Women human rights defenders at the forefront of Thailand’s pro-democracy protests




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