Saturday, March 8, 2014

GV Face: What's Next for Ukraine?



What's next for the #Euromaidan movement? Protests and bloodshed led to the fall of a corrupt president. But now, as Russia looms with military might and Crimea considers succession, there are endless unanswered questions about Ukraine's future political moves and relationship to the European Union. Official media in both Russia and Ukraine is fueling disagreements, while journalists and digital activists are making use of the web to fight back against misinformation and propaganda.
We speak with Global Voices’ Ukraine authors Tetyana Lokot and Tetyana Bohdanova.
Written bySolana Larsen

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Interactive Map of #Euromaidan Protests in Support Ukraine's EU Integration

Interactive protest map on November 23, 2013. Screenshot by Tetyana Bohdanova.
Interactive protest map on November 23, 2013. Screenshot by Tetyana Bohdanova.
A Lviv-based Facebook user, Bogdan Tsap, has set up an interactive map of pro-EU Association Agreement protests in Ukraine. On his Facebook wall, Bogdan described [uk] his creation:
Створив інтерактивну карту #Євромайдан з усіма містами які брали участь. Будь ласка поширте та давайте знати що упустив
[I] set up an interactive #Євромайдан map with all cities that participated. Please share and let me know what I have missed.
At the time of writing this post the map has grown substantially, with users adding protest sites across Ukraine, in the EU and the US.
As Global Voices reported, the protests dubbed “Euromaidan” [#євромайдан]erupted on November 21, 2013, after the Ukrainian government announced it was suspending the preparations for signing a EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, a historic deal that would secure the post-Soviet country's European integration.
This post was originally written for Global Voices, and published on  ·

Follow #Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine

Today, over a 100 000 people came out in Kyiv in protest of EU-Ukraine Association agreement suspension (dubbed #Euromaidan protests). Social media played a crucial role in organizing the protests in Kyiv and elsewhere.

For latest information from social media, go to an aggregator [uk] of all posts tagged #євромайдан. It also includes an interactive map of  #euromaidan protests around Ukraine and abroad: http://euromaidan.eu/#/posts

My own screenshot from a webcam in the center of Kyiv, Ukraine. Approx. 1.00 pm Nov. 24, 2013
For more information also follow hashtags #euromaidan #євромайдан and #евромайдан on Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Ukraine Suspends EU Deal, Protesters Fill Kyiv's Independence Square

For latest updates follow #euromaidan #Євромайдан on Twitter, Maidanua.Org and Євромайдан Facebook page.

Ukrainians protest in support of EU integration in Kyiv. November 21, 2013. Photo by Instagram user zenantipop. Used with permission
Ukrainians protest in support of EU integration in Kyiv, November 21, 2013. Photo by Instagram user zenantipop; used with permission.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Ukraine's capital, hours after their government pulled away from a historic European Union (EU) partnership deal that would help the former Soviet country integrate further in to Europe and warm up to the West.
The move comes after Russia offered Kiev loans and imposed painful restrictions on some Ukraine exports, which were interpreted as aggressive measures to derail the EU deal. 
On November 21, 2013, the Ukrainian government officially announced that it would suspend preparations for the EU-Ukraine Association agreement, which was expected to be signed next week. Soon after the news broke, opposition politicians called on citizens to join in a protest against this decision, scheduled for Sunday, November 24.
However, journalists, activists and other citizens on the Internet immediately began to spread invitations for people to come to Kyiv's main square on the very evening of November 21. Sometime after 10 pm, people began to gather on Maidan Nezaleshnosti (Independence Square) in Kyiv to protest the government's decision and demonstrate their support for Ukraine's European integration. The protest has been dubbed #євромайдан (#euromaidan or #eurosquare) by protesters on social media sites.
Taras Demchuk, a blogger from Kyiv, tweeted [uk]:
думаю їхати на , хз чи щось змінить, але годі мовчати
[I am] thinking of going to #євромайдан, who knows if it changes anything, but [we] should not stay silent anymore
Yana Suporovska, a Ukrainian television reporter, explained in one quick tweet [uk] that this, to many Ukrainians, was one bad decision too many by their government:
Вперше за багато років щиро хочу вийти на . І вийду.
For the first time in years I genuinely want to go to #євромайдан. And I will.
Oleksandr Arhat, another Twitter user from Kyiv, reported [uk] when he arrived to the venue of the protest:
Прийшов на . Тут @GrishynUA @OlhaSnitsarchuk @nerodyk @ja_olga @sodel_vlad і ще купа народу)
I came to #Євромайдан. @GrishynUA @OlhaSnitsarchuk @nerodyk @ja_olga @sodel_vlad are all here, and a bunch of other people)
User @Roman2the_world on Twitter said:
View image on Twitter
I am Ukrainian and I support EU-UA association agreement Євромайдан . Come together.RT show your support
EU officials were quick to blame Russia for Ukraine's decision on Twitter. The European commissioner for enlargement, tweeted:
:hard to overlook in reasoning for today's decision impact of 's recent unjustified economic & trade measures against Kyiv.
Carl Bildt Sweden's Foreign Minister point-blank blamed Russia: 
Ukraine government suddenly bows deeply to the Kremlin. Politics of brutal pressure evidently works. http://www.kmu.gov.ua/control/uk/publish/article?art_id=246864953&cat_id=244276429 
Russia wants Ukraine to join its own customs union with Kazakhstan and Belarus, which it sees as a potential rival to the EU.
Even those who disagree with EU integration, like Dmitri Pavlenko from the Belgorod region of Russia, were humorous about what they had to say [ru]:
Даешь ответный за немедлен. вступление в ! Геть ! Ганьба подлым предателям- приспешникам Вашингтона и Брюсселя!

How about #майдан [a protest] in support of #ТаможенныйСоюз [Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia] instead? #ЕС [EU] go away! Shame on despicable henchmen of Washington and Brussels!
In the meantime, the number of people on Maidan has reached a thousand [uk]. Soon enough, UStream user КПІ-live set up a live online broadcast of the protest. At the time of writing this post, the number of users watching the broadcast reached about 10,000 viewers.
Twitter user @kraft99 wonders [ru]:
Похоже в может начаться твиттерная революция

Looks like in #Украина [Ukraine] a Twitter revolution is about to begin #Майдан #Євромайдан #UA #Ukraine #Украіна #Евроинтеграция #twitter
Many have noted that this protest comes exactly on the eve of the 9th anniversary of the Orange Revolution, a series of protests that took place in the Ukraine.
According to on-going online comments and conversations, it appears the protesters plan to stay the night and hold their ground. For the latest developments on the protests follow Maidanua.Org [uk] or the hashtags #євромайдан and #euromaidan on Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, November 8, 2013

‘Women Should Be Submissive', and Other Google Autocomplete Suggestions

series of ads by UN Women, revealed in late October, used the Google Autocomplete feature to uncover widespread negative attitudes toward women. Global Voices followed reactions to the UN Women campaign and conducted its own experiment in different languages. The results of searches conducted both within the UN Women campaign and Global Voices revealed popular attitudes not only about women’s social and professional roles, but also about their sexuality, appearance and relationships with men.
UN Women ad featuring Google autocomplete suggestions for the phrase "women shouldn't"
UN Women ad featuring Google autocomplete suggestions for the phrase “women shouldn't”
The creators of the UN Women ads used search phrases like “women cannot”, “women shouldn’t”, “women should” and “women need to” completed by genuine Google search terms to highlight overwhelmingly negative stereotypes, sexist and highly discriminatory views held about women by society globally. The ads quickly went viral and sparked a heated discussion online. Last week, creators have announced that they are planning to expand the campaign in response to the mass online reaction.
The auto-complete function for searches, according to Google, predicts users’ queries based on the search activity of all users of the web as well as the content of indexed pages. The predictions may also be influenced by past searches of the particular user if they are signed into their Google account.
Global Voices asked its contributors from around the world to carry out Google searches using the same or similar phrases as those used in the UN Women campaign, in their own languages. The searches done between October 19 and October 25, 2013, revealed attitudes about the roles women are expected to take in society, often demonstrating the same global prejudices, but sometimes showing contradictions in different countries. Below are searches in 12 languages from different countries and continents:
Spanish
Chile
"Women should not...". A screen shot by Silvia Viñas, October 21, 2013.
“Women should not…”. A screenshot by Silvia Viñas. October 21, 2013.
Women should not…
Women should not preach
Women should not work
Women should not talk in the congregation
Women should not drive
Peru
"Women cannot..." A screenshot by Juan Arellano. October 21, 2013.
“Women cannot…” A screenshot by Juan Arellano. October 21, 2013.
Women cannot…
Women cannot preach
Women cannot be pastors
Women cannot donate blood
Women cannot live without man
Puerto Rico
"Women should...". A screenshot by Firuzeh Shokooh Valle. October 21, 2013.
“Women should…”. A screenshot by Firuzeh Shokooh Valle. October 21, 2013.
Women should…
Women should be submissive
Women should use the veil
Women should preach
Women should work
French
France
"Women should...". A screenshot by Suzanne Lehn. October 21, 2013.
“Women should…”. A screenshot by Suzanne Lehn. October 21, 2013.
Women should…
women should stay at home
women should work
should women preach
women should wear skirts
women should be submissive
women should know
women should vote
women should stay at home
should women work
women should do the cooking
"Women don't know...". A screen shot by Rayna St. October 21, 2013.
“Women don't know…”. A screen shot by Rayna St. October 21, 2013.
Women don’t know…
women don't know how to drive
women don't know what they want
women don't know how to be in love
women don't know how to read cards
Arabic
Egypt (similar results in Jordan)
"Woman cannot...". A screenshot by Tarek Amr. October 21, 2013.
“Woman cannot…”. A screenshot by Tarek Amr. October 21, 2013.
Woman cannot…
Woman cannot live without marriage
Woman cannot live without a man
Woman cannot keep a secret
Woman cannot interpret man's silence
Chinese
"Women cannot...". A screenshot by Gloria Wang. October 21, 2013.
“Women cannot…”. A screenshot by Gloria Wang. October 21, 2013.
Women cannot…
Women cannot be too smart
Women can't drive
Women cannot give birth
10 topics women cannot discuss with their husbands
Romanian
"Women should not...". A screenshot by Diana Lungu. October 21, 2013.
“Women should not…”. A screenshot by Diana Lungu. October 21, 2013.
women should not…
women should be loved not understood
women should not be understood
women should not wear pants
what women should not do in bed
 Italian
Italy
"Women should...". A screenshot by Gaia Resta. October 22, 2013.
“Women should…”. A screenshot by Gaia Resta. October 22, 2013.
Women should…
Women should stay at home
should play hard to get
should stay in the kitchen
should be subdued
"Women should not...". A screenshot by Gaia Resta. October 22, 2013.
“Women should not…”. A screenshot by Gaia Resta. October 22, 2013.
Women should not…
Women should not be understood
should not work
should not be understood but loved
should not read
 German
Germany
"Woman should not...". A screenshot by Katrin Zinoun. October 21, 2013.
“Woman should not…”. A screenshot by Katrin Zinoun. October 21, 2013.
Woman should not…
Woman should not teach
My wife should not work
"Woman can...". A screenshot by Katrin Zinoun. October 21, 2013.
“Woman can…”. A screenshot by Katrin Zinoun. October 21, 2013.
Woman can….
Woman cannot come
Woman cannot get pregnant
Woman cannot cook
Woman cannot get a baby
 Hebrew
"Women don't...". A screenshot by  Gilad Lotan. October 21, 2013.
“Women don't…”. A screenshot by
Gilad Lotan. October 21, 2013.
Women don't…
Women don't work
Women are not modest
Women don't know how to drive
Women don't want to have kids
 Hungarian
"A woman should be...". A screenshot by Marietta Le. October 21, 2013.
“A woman should be…”. A screenshot by Marietta Le.
October 21, 2013.
A woman should be…
a woman should be a chef in the kitchen
a woman should be pretty and ruthless
 Danish
"Women cannot...". A screenshot by Solana Larsen. October 20, 2013.
“Women cannot…”. A screenshot by Solana Larsen. October 20, 2013.
Women cannot…
Women cannot drive
Women cannot control vagina
Women cannot be color blind
Women cannot barbecue
In Danish, the searches for “women cannot” and “women can” yielded the same results.
Russian
Russia
"Women should not...". A screenshot by Veronica Khokhlova. October 19, 2013.
“Women should not…”. A screenshot by Veronica Khokhlova. October 19, 2013.
Women should not…
Women should not be believed
Women should not lift heavy things
Women should not drink
Women should not be trusted
 English
The UK
"Women should...". A screenshot by Annie Zaman. October 25, 2013.
“Women should…”. A screenshot by Annie Zaman. October 25, 2013.
Women should…
Women should be seen and not heard
Women should stay at home
Women should know their place
Not all searches carried out by members of Global Voices community turned up negative terms. Nevertheless, the results of the experiment largely confirm UN Women’s worrying conclusion that a great deal of work still remains to be done in order to advance women’s rights and empowerment around the world.
Note: Google autocomplete suggestions in Ukrainian are: "women should not serve in the army" and "women cannot enter the altar area [in the church]". Search done in late October 2013.

This post was originally published on Global Voices on Nov. 5, 2013, with the help of GV contributors from fifteen countries. On Nov. 7 I gave a short interview about it on BBC Newsday morning new program of the BBC World Service Radio.