#defyhatenow Social Media Hate Speech Mitigation FIELD GUIDE – Cameroon

We are pleased to introduce our resource package, a tool designed to support & address community-based peacebuilding efforts in Cameroon with French & English versions. It is a publication of r0g_agency with partners including UNESCO, MBOAlab, LOYOC & #defyhatenow community organisations in South Sudan and Cameroon. The FIELD GUIIDE (Main book) resource package is made up of EIGHT Chapters, available for individual & groups work in free downloadable format on #defyhatenow website. It can either be used separately per thematic or as a full package:


Chapter summary:

Chapter 1 – Social Media & Conflict

To counter the harmful uses of social media – for misinformation, for inciting violence, for hate speech, etc. one of the most effective strategies is investing in the individuals and communities closest to the conflict. Local citizens often take violence prevention into their own hands, thanks in part to social media. Download chapter here!

Chapter 2- Peacebuilding & Social Media

The online space – whether social media, blogs or other forms of media – can influence social change towards peacebuilding. Online activism strengthens offline advocacy, events and civil society engagement. Download chapter here!

Chapter 3 – Social Media literacy

According to Teach Hub media literacy is the ability to identify different types of media and the messages they are sending. We make sense of what we see based on our judgement, as well as past experiences and sometimes based on our worldview. Online, this occurs every day by the hour; the onus is on us to take the time to analyze what we read and decipher the intended message. Download chapter here!

Chapter 4Civil Society: Social Media Code of Conduct

Civil society plays a critical role in advancing the protection and promotion of human rights – even where this may not be a central part of their mandate. Their activities can be paramount in responding to ‘hate speech’ as they can provide the space for formal and informal interactions between people of similar or diverse backgrounds, and platforms from which individuals can exercise freedom expression and tackle inequality and discrimination. Download chapter here!

Chapter 5 – Peacebuilding & Technology

“PeaceTech’s point of departure is that technology, per se, is not inherently good or bad, powerful or not; it is people’s decisions that have the power to design, use or misuse technology – and influence where it leads us” (Berns, 2015:3) Download chapter here!

Chapter 6 – Identity & Context

Societies across the globe are made up of people with different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, and sometimes these groups feel like they do not fit together. We need to learn about identity and be aware of prejudices is to help us manage our differences and emerging conflicts. Download chapter here!

Chapter 7- Art 4 Peace: #Artivism

The Art 4 Peace approach to conflict transformation by #defyhatenow is informed by the flexibility and creative nature of it. This allows it to be used to target specific groups, young people, marginalized communities, among others. “The purpose of Arts For Peace is not art itself, but rather the means through which to convey conflict transformation objectives.” Download chapter here!

Chapter 8 – Trauma & Healing

“Widespread conflict within a region, as is being witnessed in Cameroon at present, brings with it plenty of consequences; the impact on the mental health of the civilian population is one of the more significant ones.” Trauma is the person’s stressful experience of a situation. Download chapter here!

Complementary components: 

Field Guide Facilitator Notes

Do you desire to host social discussions or results-oriented events without knowing how? Or seeking innovation to spice up your community outreach? Our resource material offers tailored solutions & practical lessons for the organisation of working groups.

A5 Discussion Cards

In a typical workshop setting, these cards guide both trainer & learners to share ideas & brainstorm on thematic that are geared towards finding solutions in their communities.

Field Guide Peace Game

Which is a race towards reaching a #HateFreeCameroon where players compete against each other, overcoming several obstacles like hate speech, mis+disinformation with virtues such as #love, #PeaceJam, #ThinkB4UClick & information verification before posting on social media.

Thematic Posters

This is a short guide to the FIELD GUIDE, a summary of key thematic for easy interaction between facilitators and their audience during working sessions.

All these components can be used individually or as a package depending on the context.

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