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Women’s Observatory Against Disinformation and Fake News

Year: 2020 – Today
Funding: N/A

THE OBSERVATORY

The Observatory develops education programs and domestic and foreign policies recommendations, based on evidence, on preventive and mitigation measures against harmful content online with a feminist approach. We have carried out studies, workshops, and policy recommendations in Chile, where we are already in the advocacy stage, and our next target countries are Ukraine, Colombia, Nigeria, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, and The Philippines. The project focuses on disinformation against women participating in public life, particularly indigenous populations representatives, LGBTIQ+ community activists and human right defenders.

OBJECTIVES

General Objective:The Women’s Observatory Against Disinformation seeks to promote changes in the democratic and digital systems to support violence-free women’s participation in decision-making processes, including participation in conflict resolution.

Specific Objectives: 

  • Place the problem of disinformation campaigns against women in politics on the public agenda.
  • Prevent the normalization of gender-based violence online as a political practice.
  • Promote changes in public policies to safeguard the participation of women. 

MAIN SCENARIOS

PARTICIPANTS

Women participating in public life, including: 

  • Women from indigineous populations,
  • Afro Descendant women, 
  • Migrant women working to get into politics,
  • Transgender women, 
  • Women from the LGTBQ+ community, 
  • Women running for office for the first time,
  • Women seeking reelection, 
  • Women from different socio-economics backgrounds, 
  • Activists, 
  • Volunteers

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE OBSERVATORY

Disinformation campaigns will taint the public debate.

Disinformation and fake news cause low female political participation.

The majority of studies are carried out in the United States, Canada and Europe.

There is no data regarding how many women withdraw from public processes due to disinformation.

There is no data on how many women in vulnerable situations participate in electoral processes.

PUBLICATIONS

THE OBSERVATORY IN THE MEDIA