2021 has been an important year for feminist activism in Venezuela: new organizations and platforms have been created, there has been more activism for the rights of people of diverse gender identities, and there have been strong campaigns digital throughout the year: #YoTeCreo and #GarzonViolador really broken internet. There were also significant obstacles, such as the jailing of activist Vanessa Rosales for helping a 13-year-old girl who had been raped get an abortion. Yet this year’s 8M saw far fewer discussions of women’s rights. “Women’s rights activism hasn’t particularly diminished, but the conversation around it has certainly diminished. There is a lot of digital fatigue,” says feminist activist Andrea Paola Hernández.
Probox analyzed and compared social media activism and digital protests from 2021 to 2022.
- Between January 2021 and March 2022, Probox recorded 37 trends positioned in Venezuela related to women, feminist movements, demands for their rights and complaints of abuse and femicide. These tags accumulate approximately 2,104,085 messages.
- Civil society positioned the most trends, 25 in total. However, it only generated 18.35% of posts in this regard. On average, 88.39% of these posts were written by real users. Most of the protest is organized through tuitazoswhere the repetition of messages in a coorderly manner can be identified as a possible automated action.
What was 2021 like?
- The most trending topic promoted by civil society in 2021 was #GarzonViolador, with 220,000 tweets, due the rape of a Venezuelan woman in Argentina during a job interview.
- The second biggest civil society hashtag was #NiUnaMenos February 23, 2021 with approximately 34,700 tweets denouncing the disappearance, rape and murder of Eduarlis Falcón in Turén, Portuguesa. 98.7% of these posts were written by real users.
- #YoTeCreo had 6,595 tweets, with messages supporting victims speaking out against sexual violence in Venezuela.
- #NiUnFemicidioMasVzla, #SaludParaTodas, #NoMásCrimenesDeOdio, #ConMisHijosNo, #AbortoLegalYaVzla were also topics of discussion throughout the year, with each hashtag referring to a different issue.
- Chavismo only positioned one trending topic on “women’s rights”: #LaMujerEsVida
What does 2022 look like?
- 37 trends were positioned in 2022, including three by chavismo with the highest number of posts, 44.01%. Three promoted hashtags come from MIPPCI: #MujerValiente, #MujerEsPatria and #MujeresEnDefensaDeLaPatria.
- On March 8, for Women’s Day, MIPPCI promoted #MujerEsPatria with 220,000 tweets and 62.19% of their posts were written by possible bots. This label was fashionable in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.
- On March 8, the chavismo also promoted #MujeresValientes through medical missions and CDI accounts in Venezuela. It generated around 240,000 posts, at least 82.44% of its tweets were written by possible accounts with inauthentic behavior. This label was a trend in Venezuela and Cuba.
- On March 10, the MIPPCI positioned #MujeresEnCiencia with at least 300,000 messages, an average of 69.29% of them being made by possible bots. In tweets, the government promotes a video talking about Venezuelan women scientists, IVIC workers, and more.
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