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How can we address disinformation and its impact on women and gender-diverse people? This was the focus of APC's campaign for International Women’s Day 2022, which was joined by members of our network and other organisations and individuals interested in this issue.
To raise awareness about gendered disinformation and explore solutions in a context of increasing disinformation, we launched a campaign on 7-9 March, with a special focus on Twitter. It revolved around five questions, under the hashtag #GenderedDisinformation.
What are the misconceptions and false information we often hear around International Women’s Day?
What is disinformation?
Who is impacted the most by disinformation?
How can we address gendered disinformation?
Why does disinformation matter for gender equality?
To revisit the conversation, see our Twitter moment.
What are the most common misconceptions and false information around International Women's Day?— APC (@APC_News) March 8, 2022
Share your thoughts and experiences :point_down:#IWD2022 #GenderedDisinformation pic.twitter.com/QGfNeNhNeW
Too often, the movement for women's rights & #feminism is misunderstood & seen as a threat leading to aggressive pushback through #GenderedDisinformation. Despite this, we must continue working to #BreakTheBias!#IWD2022 #InternetFreedomAfrica#DigitalEqual— CIPESA (@cipesaug) March 8, 2022
A common misconception: when women's and LGTBIQA struggles for sexual freedoms are misunderstood to create moral panic and more violence, instead of a safty and equal online space.— Mariana Fossatti :green_heart: (@marfossatti) March 8, 2022
Common misconception: you ought to be of a certain kind to be truly feminist. Feminisms in plural exist and cut across boundaries of various kinds.— Preeti Raghunath (@PreetiRaghunath) March 8, 2022
Every women is a women, which means that muslim women, black women and trans women are women too, not only white cis-gender women are women. So, all women should fight for their rights, regardless their skin color, religion or body.— jowi (@JoelGuerra_) March 8, 2022
For more information on the phenomenon of disinformation in general and gendered disinformation in particular, see our APC policy explainer.