Communication for Social Action

FOCUS OF WORK

This group will focus on exploring and documenting how different stakeholders develop online and offline communication networks that are central to the organizational work of responding to violence in girls’ lives. Some communities of girls, for instance, are organized via social networks that also take technological form via social media, feeding back into the very construction of girls’ relationships with each other and their sense of community.

OBJECTIVES

  1. Explore the potential for virtual networks to foster knowledge sharing and data development.
  2. Develop methods and spaces for digital dialogue and knowledge exchange amongst institutions, community practitioners, and policy-makers all working in the area of girls and sexual violence.
  3. Compile an inventory of girl-led and institutional policies and practices.

ANALYTIC FRAMEWORK

Scholars of media activism in social movements argue that in addition to producing representations of social issues (including sexual violence), it is necessary that community organizations, advocacy groups, and social movements develop the means of disseminating those representations. Partners working in the group will use qualitative methods to explore the potential for virtual networks to foster knowledge sharing and data development within two arenas.

ARENA ONE

Arena One

This arena focuses on developing methods and spaces for digital dialogue and knowledge exchange amongst institutions, community practitioners, and policy-makers all working in the area of girls and sexual violence.

Questions


How can stakeholders of various communication networks productively use and manage new knowledge about the role and design of these communities?


How do different stakeholders develop online and offline communication networks that are central to the organizational work of responding to violence in girls’ lives?

Arena Two

In this arena, the group will examine the efficacy and impact of both representational and non- representational digital platforms such as the use of SMS in reporting acts of violence through online geography tracking websites and related storying practices and the ways in which these platforms can be used and made accessible to girls in both rural and urban contexts.

Question

How can emergent social media tools and applications be part of a girls’ social movement towards addressing sexual violence?

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