Digital Warriors – Women Changing the World
The screening of the documentary and a follow-on discussion will provide insights into how the struggle of women for freedom of opinion and equal rights is becoming more and more digital.
The Deutsche Welle documentary ‘Digital Warriors – Women Changing the World’ by Bettina Kolb and Eva Richter is about four women, four continents and one mission: how they are using social media to change the world.
In Argentina, activist María Florencia Alcaraz and her fellow campaigners launched #NiUnaMenos, a campaign against femicide. Exiled Iranian Masih Alinejad lives in New York. The film presents her campaigns ‘My Stealthy Freedom’ and ‘White Wednesdays’, in which women in Iran protest against being forced to wear headscarves, and the ‘Break the Silence’ campaign, with which Aissata Camara highlights the cruel practice of genital mutilation in Guinea and mobilises support to fight it. Gurmehar Kaur, from India, made a widely acclaimed video calling for reconciliation between arch enemies India and Pakistan.
Internet campaigns inspire people to take to the streets and demonstrate for equal rights, self-determination, human rights and freedom of opinion, and against sexualised violence. Networks of women activists address issues and communicate their experiences publicly, often at great risk to themselves.
What new opportunities does social media offer women who want to address issues publicly? What new forms of mobilisation and political changes do they facilitate? Do women use social media differently from men, in order to make their voices heard in society? What can women activists from different countries and continents learn from one another? Are women with strong opinions who are active on the internet, and in particular on social media, exposed to different threats than men?
We would like to discuss these and other questions with you.
Time and Venue
Tuesday, 24 September 2019. 18:30 to 21:30