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Ask Charlotte 3— Training Grassroots Activists in Palestine

November 6, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interviewer: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Interviewee: Charlotte Littlewood

Numbering: Issue 1: Inaugural Issue

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: Question Time

Web Domain: http://www.in-sightjournal.com

Individual Publication Date: November 6, 2018

Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2019

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Three Times Per Year

Words: 605

Keywords: Become The Voice CIC, Charlotte Littlewood, Palestine.

Charlotte Littlewood is the Founding Director of Become The Voice CIC. A grass roots youth centred community interest company that she has built in response to the need to tackle hate, extremism and radicalisation within communities and online.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is the social media training for grassroots activists in Palestine?

Charlotte Littlewood: We did a full program out in Palestine, which included social media training alongside awareness that included the groups, e.g., women’s groups looking at domestic violence, early marriage, the stigma of divorce, and abortion rights. They could put forward their reflections and positive message on social media. Some had large social media followings. They all had Instagram, Facebook accounts, Twitter was new to them.

We started with basic training around Twitter. Because they weren’t using that as much. Then skills like making sure the hashtag you’re using is the most popular hashtag of its type. The use of hashtags on Instagram and not on Facebook (because there is no point). @ing at people who have followers, so you can have more exposure and people in the conversation. We looked at things having more likes than others with bold colours, captions on Instagram, and faces too. But with the culture in Hebron, some did not want to show it (their faces); others did.

Then there are certain times in the day for Facebook and Instagram posts. Instagram is pretty much active all day. Facebook has peak times. We try to make sure everything is optimized. We then had everyone join a group, so they would like and share with each other to be a platform for one another.

In the end, they chose a particular topic to focus on, to gain as much awareness around that as possible. We stepped away from social media in the programmes confusion and concluded with training community groups on domestic violence: how to seek help if you’re a victim or know someone who is a victim.

Jacobsen: What can you teach them? What can you rely on them to learn by themselves?

Littlewood: The things around posts, how and what to post and the tone of the posts and making sure to use hashtags and include organizations with large followings; Twitter was taught, how to set it up. They were very competent on Facebook. They are using social media a lot already. But there are some cultural issues around images and images of people, interpretations of Islam that women should not be doing social media themselves

There are mixed approaches to social media posts with girls around that.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Charlotte.

Please see the project report: https://becomethevoice.org/news-insights/

Image Credit: Charlotte Littlewood.

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