We See You: activism in the digital era and the quest for social justice in South Africa

On 21 September 2020, We See You, a ‘POC feminist queer collective of artists and activists’ announced their occupation of a mansion in Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. After renting the home through Airbnb, the collective did not depart on their check-out date and began an approximately two-week-long occupation. …

How do we measure the “success” of activism in a digitally networked era?

My professional experience is very much in the formal development sector, and if you’ve ever been part of this world, you’ll know that results, monitoring and evaluation, and KPIs are part of the daily work. In an effort to know which solutions really work, and to be accountable to donors, …

Tweeting isn’t organizing – on disability activism, slacktivism and bringing about change

On 24 August 2021, the Democratic Socialists of America, Los Angeles chapter, tweeted “we regret to inform you all that tweeting isn’t organizing”.  This was followed by a threaded tweet encouraging people to sign up for an event entitled DSA 101, during which they could ‘learn how [to organize]” we …

Power to the people: activism in the digital sphere

On 13th July of this year, thediplomat.com reported on the story of Naheema Zehri, a feminist activist who campaigned for the Women Azadi March in Quetta in late 2019 through social media. Zehri has since been forced to reduce her online presence because fake Instagram and Twitter accounts operating under …