Digital Feminism in Fiji

The research highlights the potential for social media to be used to put pressure on policymakers and to challenge misrepresentations (or lack of discussion) in the mainstream media. Through social media, activists can disseminate information, press releases and alternative narratives to generate public protest. These online campaigns can gain the attention of international media outlets and eventually trigger domestic media coverage.

  • At the individual level, social media raises activists’ digital consciousness by improving their access to information and alternative narratives. This helps shape their identities and practices.
  • At the collective level, digital technologies have fostered a virtual community of accountability and transparency for activists. Through digital archives, activists were able to hold themselves and others to account. Social media platforms also enable activists to cultivate networks of solidarity and support, fostering local and global communities of practice. Research participants’ experiences illustrate the strength of these collective identities – begun through ‘offline’ networks and organisations, then expanded and solidified through digital technologies. 
  • At the societal level, online campaigns can mobilise public protest.

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DLP focuses on the crucial role of home-grown leaderships and coalitions in forging legitimate political settlements and institutions that promote developmental outcomes, such as sustainable growth, political stability and inclusive social development.

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Two exciting job vacancies in the DLP team

Monday 12th November 2018

DLP is looking for a Program Manager and a Communications Manager to help lead a new three-year phase of research on leadership in global development.

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New article on how unfair service provision affects state legitimacy

Thursday 26th July 2018

Claire Mcloughlin's new open-access article in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding draws on the case of higher education in Sri Lanka. It explores how unfair service provision can undermine state legitimacy in divided societies.

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