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Unveiling the Revolutionaries: Cyberactivism and Women’s Role in the Arab Uprisings

Over the course of 2011’s momentous Arab Spring uprisings, young women in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain and Yemen used social media and cyberactivism to carve out central roles in the revolutionary struggles under way in their countries, according to a new study commissioned by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
The study, “Unveiling the Revolutionaries: Cyberactivism and Women’s Role in the Arab Uprisings,” explores the activism of several key figures, including Egypt’s Esraa Abdel Fattah, who became widely known as “Facebook girl,” as well Libya’s Danya Bashir, Bahrain’s Zeinab and Maryam al-Khawaja and Tunisia’s Lina Ben Mhenni, who became known as the uprising’s “Twit

Women and Social Media in 2012

 BlogHer has been conducting studies about women and their social media habits for the past five consecutive years. Each year we look at emerging media platforms and measure the purpose, trust and influence levels for blogs and other social media channels.


The 2012 study was fielded across BlogHer's network (37+ million unique visitors) and 3,000 blogs. For the sake of comparison, the survey was also fielded to a total U.S. online general population on a panel provided by Vision Critical. There were a total of 2,071 women included in the combined BlogHer and U.S. samples.


Arab Women and Social Media

 The societal and political transformations taking place across the region played an instrumental role in challenging stereotypes about Arab women as oppressed and subservient. In particular, the leading role that women have played in orchestrating and participating in social movements in Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen has cemented their position as equal partners to men in transforming the political landscapes in their countries. The most obvious acknowledgement of this leadership role was the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to an Arab woman, Tawakkul Karman, a leading female Yemeni political activist. Whether Arab women’s civic and political engagement will be enhanced in the aftermath of the “Arab Spring” remains to be seen.


Harnessing the Power of Social Media: A Grassroots Training for Antipoverty Advocates


Learn how to use social media for antipoverty advocacy at Half in Ten’s online training!

Social media has emerged as a new and effective tool for advocacy and organizing. In our ever-evolving political context, social media stands to be an incredible tool for advocates to stand up against budget cuts, galvanize an organized response, and capture the attention of members of Congress.

On April 14, Half in Ten will host a social media training for grassroots advocates fighting poverty with Alan Rosenblatt, Associate Director of Online Advocacy for the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Center for American Progress. Under Rosenblatt’s leadership the Center for American Progress’s new media presence earned the 2010 Markie Award for social media. 

Shining Light on Teen Usage of Social Media

The Girl Scout Research Institute and the Pew Research Center hosted a call recently on Trends in Teen Communication and Social Media Use: What’s Really Going On?, with speakers Kimberlee Salmond of Girls Scouts Research Institute and Kristen Purcell, Ph.D., of Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. Both speakers emphasized the importance of teaching teens and young adults about safe online behavior and promoting positive self image.

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The Women’s Media Center features The International Museum of Women

This is what the NCRW network is all about. Today, the Women’s Media Center featured an exclusive on the innovative approach of The International Museum of Women. NCRW is proud to call both these organizations member centers. Take a moment today to learn about their amazing work.

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