FEMINIST ONLINE MOVEMENTS: A TOOLKIT
The following toolkit is designed to support you in two unique ways. We will walk you through creating a workshop on the feminist principles of the internet and then guide you into making an online campaign with workshop attendees. This model has been inspired by workshops hosted in Cape Town around online feminists principles and an online campaign called #16ways16days. This toolkit is structured by the agenda of a 2 day works links and resources attached. Use it as a guide in creating your own workshop.
Tips for running a workshop
Check the venue out. Make sure that it is large enough and has a tea and coffee station. Identify where the toilets are and ensure that there is internet access.
Run through the workshop by yourself or with a small test group so that you feel confident with all the content.
Time the workshop to ensure that you stay punctual to the agenda you have set.
The facilitators set the tone for the workshop. Trust and mutual respect is important to establish. Letting participants know that there are no right nor wrong answers and that everyone’s opinions are valid will make the process and product better.
Participants should be encouraged to share their own experiences and stories related to the topic.
Never forget to evaluate the workshop. A short questionnaire should be enough to sense people’s feelings and expectations
Who should attend the workshop?
Women’s rights and sexual rights activists and organisations.
Women that are relatively new to the internet.
Women wanting to get involved with online movements.
Participants have increased knowledge, information and awareness about how the internet affects women and LGBTQI persons.
Participants have made the connection between their own work and responses to internet governance and freedoms.
Participants are able to identify ways to further expand their knowledge, analysis and involvement in work around internet governance and freedoms.
The workshops will enhance networking and collaboration to increase women’s voices and facilitate meaningful participation in internet governance and freedoms.
The workshops will lead a process of creating an online campaign for feminist movement building.
- Registration – 30 minsUse the link below for templates for addendums and registration formsDownload
- Welcome and introduction to the training and the Agenda – 15 minsIntroduce the trainers, and the purpose of the workshop. Go through the agenda with the group and tell them the outcomes of the meeting.
- Participant introductions 30 minsAsk participants to introduce themselves, their organisations and their province. Ask them to share one thing they love and fear about technology
- Expectations, Agreements 15 minsGive participants post-its and ask them to write on one colour two expectations, of the workshop and on another colour two things they bring to the workshop. Let each participant put it up. Then review their expectations and what they bring in context of the workshop outline is. Specify if there are certain expectations you will not be able to meet.
Gender Terminologies 2 Hours
- Gender terminologies and technology 20minsIn plenary ask participants to identify all the gender terms they know or have heard of even if they don’t quite understand them. Write them down on a flipchart. The facilitator should choose some key terms and write them on individual slips of paper. Then divide participants into small groups, divide terms between the groups (each group should 2 or 3 terms). Each small group must have a designated set of ‘actors: and a designated set of “guessers”. Examples of terms that people could mention are: gender, gender equality, gender based violence, patriarchy, feminism, technology, ICTs, etc.Find some examples to relevant Gender Terminology here:
- Reviewing terminologies 40 minsIn the game only the ‘actor” are privy to the terms on the paper. They then draw or act out the term with the aim of getting the rest of their team to shout out the right answer. The teams take turns to act out and guess the terms. When the team shouts out the correct term/word they are awarded a point. See who wins. ( The board game 30 seconds is a good reference for this)Facilitate a discussion on the words and get participants to ask any clarifying questions and ask participants who know, to add to the understanding of the terms. Emphasise it is important to link technology to local contexts and not to let technology or feminist terms become jargon. Trainer/facilitator gives a brief input on anything that needs further clarity including making connections between feminism and technology.This session is an important starting point for the rest of the training as it allows participants to start making connections to the rationale for a feminist approach to the internet.
- The impact of gender definitions on the representations of women 1 hourFollowing the session on terminology, divide participants into small groups to discuss how women and girls are represented on television, radio, online and in print and what the impact of those representations are. Tell groups that they have 40 minutes to discuss, 10 minutes to write up notes and 10 minutes to prepare a roleplay representing their findings. Below are some links to understanding gender definitions further. https://womensnet.org.za/16days16ways-2017-videos/https://www.apc.org/en/pubs/feminist-principles-internet-version-20https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/16/feminism-glossary-lexicon-language/99120600/
- Presentations and discussion 1 hourThe discussion has to highlight that definitions of what it means to be gendered as women and girls have real power in terms of both the online and offline experience of women and girls. The levels of control and pressures on women’s bodies is a particular concern. It impacts on the actions, opportunities and the way young women are able to participate in their society. The key issue though is to be more aware of these issues, and to be active in advocating and disrupting the status quo where violence is normalized.
- Mapping women’s experiences of technology 25 minsIn small groups participants highlight what some of the challenges and experiences they are aware of in relation to women’s experiences of the internet. Allow 20 minutes in groups, discussion and input by facilitator.
- Intro to Feminist Principles of the Internet 45 mins
Case studies. 1 hour
Creating online campaigns 1 hour
The following powerpoint is a step by step presentation on how to create online campaigns
It is important to remember that when asking participants to tell their own stories, it is a very personal experience. Make sure that the space is comfortable and relaxed. Let them write in a personal journal style. Do not force anyone to share their stories. Rather allow them to independently feel inspired by their own narratives and provide the support and encouragement to express whatever they feel confident and safe to share. Facilitate a brainstorm session on what they would like to say in the campaign.
How to create good content: 30 mins
Challenge 30 mins
Present a challenge for participants to create their own content during the workshop using the information you have provided. They can do this as groups or individually. They must then post these on an online site. You can help them with the uploads or any aspect that they get stuck with. Make sure that you have a clear hashtag that they can all follow and add to their posts so that you can find their uploads online.