Whether online or offline, hate speech poses a threat to peace, democracy, and human rights. #defyhatenow is committed to countering the hate speech, conflict rhetoric, and incitement to violence spread on social media platforms and online in response to Cameroon’s Anglophone conflict. The second edition of the Field Guide offers tools and strategies to be used by community-based organisations and online campaigns for peacebuilding. This second version of the field guide incorporates more context from the lessons learned from implementing the project over two years. Each of the six chapters in the field guide covers a specific aspect of the conflict and peacebuilding process and acts as a base of action on media-induced hate speech awareness to tackle conflict, support media literacy and address issues of migration and displacement.
It is available in a free downloadable format on the #defyhatenow website and contains
- One A4 Field Guide Booklet that has six chapters with discussion questions and facilitators notes
- A5 Flashcards, summarising content from the booklet, are recommended for use in group discussions.
- A1 Poster & Game, which provides a quick reference guide on one side and a #HateFreeCameroon game on the other side is designed to be played in groups with a focus on hate speech mitigation.
- 1 Dice used to play the #HateFreeCameroon game.
- A2 Posters illustrating various themes in the Field Guide can be used to lead discussions or hung on walls as reminders. These posters are in these themes;
- A USB ‘Key’ with video and audio materials and links to additional resources.
- 1 ‘PenNotGun’
- 2 packs of post-it sticky notes to get you started.
- 1 sturdy pouch that serves to keep all materials contained.
The six chapters are;
- Social Media and Conflict
- Social Media Use and Fact-Checking
- Peacebuilding through Art and Technology
- Mental Health, Trauma, and Healing
- Common Hate Speech Expressions in Cameroon
To interact with the #defyhatenow Social Media Hate Speech Mitigation Field Guide resource kit please visit us here. Keep it here as we break down what each chapter contains.