Queer in Digital spaces
Coalition Advocacy Project, Regional.
Queer in digital spaces is a collaborative project led by representatives from “Mawjoudin” and “Damj” from Tunisia in partnership with “Mosaic”, “Helem” from Lebanon, “Mesahat” from Egypt, and “Aman space” from Jordan. The first Queer in the Digital Space meeting was held in Cyprus and organized by The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR).
Queer in Digital Spaces objective was to raise awareness about digital security within the queer community in the above mentioned countries and to highlight the risks and proliferation of hate crimes and cyber-violence against LGBTQIA+ peoples on regional social media channels. Queer in Digital Spaces concluded by publishing a survey aimed at studying and understanding the issues regional LGTBQIA+ individuals, activists and organizations face.
The data was collected during the period of March and April 2020 from 238 sexual and gender minorities, aged between 18 and 54 years and residing in Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.
An online survey platform “Jotform” was used to collect the data. The distributions and analysis were summarized in the main report of the project.
The survey included 28 questions subdivided into 3 modules: introductory questions, digital security questions and cyber violations questions. The formats used were single choice, multiple choice and open response questions.
The study is available in two languages: Arabic and English. Click here to download the English version.
Two online workshops on digital security tools were offered as part of the project. The first workshop brought together 15 participants from Tunisia while the second targeted queer individuals in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Sudan.
The team also produced an advocacy video based on the survey outputs, to be used in the campaign.
A social media campaign was launched on all partnering and available social media platforms as well as on the virtual pages of the participating organizations at the beginning of September 2020.