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In Asia

Movements in South Korea have additionally advanced across the denunciation of systemic violence in opposition to ladies: on May 17, 2016, a younger 23-year-old lady was killed by a stranger within the public lavatory subsequent to the Gangnam metro station in Seoul. A feminist group opens the Twitter account @0517am1 and invitations individuals to depart a post-it and a chrysanthemum on the website of the homicide, launching the hashtags #GangnamMurderMan and #BathroomMurderer so that girls may share experiences of violence publicly. Called by messages on social networks, ladies of all ages arrange a small occasion in Gangnam which quickly turns right into a everlasting protest website, replicated in different cities in Korea. With the mobilizations for the Gangnam homicide, the digital activism of Korean feminist actions acquires new political energy by turning into seen in public house and linking the net dimension with the offline one.

From the USA to Europe

The following 12 months, 2017, was that of the cinematic #MeToo which, from Hollywood everywhere in the world, definitively establishes the ability of “agency” and relationships of digital media for ladies. In the wake of #MeToo (3,228,241 posts on Instagram), extra lately, Spanish feminist actions have denounced abuse in Spanish soccer by launching the hashtag #SeAcabó following the non-consensual kiss given by Luis Rubiales, president (now suspended) of the Spanish Football Federation, to the footballer Jennifer Hermoso. Appearing for the primary time in Hermoso's denunciation publish, the hashtag generated a sequence of responses not solely from her teammates however from the complete sporting world. Contributing to altering its guidelines and tradition.


A virtuous however not apparent consequence since, within the digital dimension dominated by algorithms, the danger is that of self-referentiality and the creation of “niches” by which the message resonates between networks aligned on the identical values ​​with out spreading past the bubble. How do you overcome this hazard? Producing new traditionable to overcoming the boundaries of the house by which ladies are positioned and creating a public discourse that promotes democratization actions from under.

This is what ladies in Iran are doing by additionally utilizing digital media to drive the nation's freedom. While the Iranian authorities plans to make use of facial recognition applied sciences on public transport to determine ladies who don’t put on the hijab, Iranian women proceed to concentrate on STEM disciplines – 70% of graduates fall into the sector – and to make their their abilities to disseminate, filter and re-propose the story of what has turn into a world motion: Woman, life, freedom.

In a rustic the place the media are below the strict management of the federal government, social media characterize a lifeline for residents, guaranteeing them entry to neutral info and the potential of documenting what occurs: within the investigation opened by United Nations, the movies and pictures shared by the protesters had been used to make clear the abuses dedicated by the police forces and the Iranian authorities who, already throughout the demonstrations in opposition to the rise in gas costs in 2019, had utterly closed the entry to the web and, on the event of the demonstrations following Amini's demise, they intensified management on the internet by making use of a digital curfew and stopping entry to WhatsApp, Instagram, Skype, Viber and LinkedIn.