#defyhatenow aims to raise awareness of and develop means to mitigate social media-based hate speech, conflict rhetoric, and online incitement to violence.

The program does so through a grassroots, community-based approach to peacebuilding, training, and conflict reconciliation.

The goal is to strengthen and amplify the voices of peace in the local communities and within the diaspora communities. The program also helps bridge the gaps of knowledge and awareness of social media mechanisms between those with easy access to technology and those without.

#defyhatenow trainings cover topics such as social media literacy, online security & privacy, and hate speech & conflict mitigation. Training resources include Social Media Hate Speech Mitigation Field Guide kits and online trainings.

#defyhatenow has been running since 2014 and is active in South Sudan, Cameroon, and Ethiopia.

For more information visit: defyhatenow.org





Stephen Kovats
Co-initiator of #defyhatenow and Global Project Lead



Susanne Bellinghausen
Co-initiator of #defyhatenow and Global International Community Advisor



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Marina Modi
Executive Director, South Sudan


cameroon@defyhatenow.org cameroun@defyhatenow.org


Ngala Desmond
Country Project Manager, Cameroon



Nganlay Laure
Communication Manager, Cameroon



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Kendi Gikunda
Field Guide Resources Lead


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Dan King'ori
IT Solutions Architect




Biruk Tegegn
Project Coordinator, Ethiopia



Meron Anteneh
Community Outreach & Training Associate, Ethiopia


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The #defyhatenow field guide kit is a peacebuilding resource designed to support community-based organizations in conducting workshops aimed at increasing social media and online skills, raising awareness about the spread of mis- and disinformation, and learning how to mitigate online hate speech by amplifying positive voices in the community.

It includes a guidebook with teaching resources, handouts and exercises, printable posters, and an educational board game.

The #defyhatenow field guide kit for South Sudan is written in English and can be found here.

The #defyhatenow field guide kit for Cameroon is available in both English and French and can be found here.

The #defyhatenow field guide kit for Ethiopia is available in both English and Amharic and can be found here.






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February 20, 2024

We shall specially consider the special role of Cameroon based outside Cameroon; their perspectives on transforming the conflict in Cameroon and the particular roles young people play.

Dissertation result presentation: Merga Yonas “Digital Public Sphere – Perspectives of the African Diaspora”.

January 18, 2024

We are excited to host Merga Yonas at the r0g_office in Berlin as he discusses his PhD dissertation publication in an event titled “Digital Public Sphere – Perspectives of African Diaspora.” Merga is a Consultant and a Journalist based in Bonn, Germany. He was born in Dembi Dollo, Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia. His first…


March 8, 2022

With the International Women’s Day, being on 8 March 2022,  we talked to some of our partners on how their advocacy work for gender equality today builds a sustainable tomorrow for women in their communities.  We talked to Rose Obah, a peace journalist and trainer in conflict transformation. She has worked with various communities ensuring…

#peacejam2021 Live Schedule

September 15, 2021

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UN International Day of Peace, #defyhatenow Social Media #PeaceJam2021

September 15, 2021

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. At #defyhatenow we join the International Day of Peace commemoration by having  #peacejam activities and discussions that call for conflict mitigation against acts of hate online and offline. We invite you to jam for peace with us from wherever you are in the world,…

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March 10, 2021

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One Africa 2, By Mac Alunge

November 18, 2020

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Why dictionaries have to go through changes: A short excursion into the philosophy of language

November 17, 2020

Whenever new words are added to the Duden, probably the best-known dictionary in Germany, controversial discussions tend to come up in no time. A short excursion into the philosophy of language not only reveals the ambiguous character of language but also illustrates the important role dictionaries play in society. The mutability of the German languageLanguages…

COVID19 _#StopCorona

April 3, 2020

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End-of-Year event 2018 #HateFreeSouthSudan

November 27, 2018

Juba, 27th November 2018 – We cordially invite you to attend the #defyhatenow end-of-your-events in Juba and various locations in Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Egypt to celebrate the achievements made in social media hate speech mitigation since 2014. [Download the official press release End-of-Year Event 2018]   Over the past four years #defyhatenow and its partners has…

Peacebuilding through social media literacy in South Sudan

October 10, 2018

How can social media literacy accelerate peacebuilding efforts in post-conflict regions like South Sudan? Discuss with us on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 from 5pm. Presentations start at 6pm.   Two of our colleagues from the #defyhatenow project, nominated as Peace Ambassadors to attend the One Young World Summit in The Hague will be joining us in Berlin.…

#PeaceJam18 online for UN World Peace Day

September 15, 2018

Download the PDF Version of this press release. Juba September 15, 2018 – #defyhatenow is proud to coordinate the international social media #PeaceJam18 for UN World #PeaceDay on September 21st 2018 with the theme: Peace for all. We aim to connect South Sudanese and peace jammers around the world on UN World #PeaceDay to increase…

Online and offline polarization

August 2, 2018

The impact of social media on peace, and how to turn the tide   This article was originally published on frient-peacebuilding-forum.de/../frient-peace-building-forum-2018/…   Overview The worldwide spread of social media both opens new horizons and poses new challenges to peacebuilders. Social media platforms contribute to freedom of speech. Even so, the filter bubbles they create can also…

Between hate and hope

July 3, 2018

Lessons from Kenya on hate speech and political manipulation originally published at furtherfield.org/review-of-the-hate-news-conference The conference began with Jo Havemann presenting #DefyHateNow, a campaign by r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, a community peace-building initiative aimed at combating online hate speech and mitigating incitement to offline violence in South Sudan. More than ten years ago the…

Launching the Social Media Hate Speech Mitigation Field Guide

July 2, 2018

Download the PDF Version of this press release Juba, 2nd July 2018 – The community peace building initiative #defyhatenow is launching the Social Media Hate Speech Mitigation Field Guide comprising tools, strategies and resources to combat hate speech both online and offline. Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2018 Time: 2pm – 5pm Venue: Hai Mauna Classic…

A peacetech approach to mitigate mass violence in South Sudan

June 28, 2018

This article was originally published on  frient-peacebuilding-forum.de/pbf-voices-blog/…   How can technologies and digital media be strategically used to achieve conflict-resolution and peacebuilding objectives? To answer this question, peacetech is a growing field that allows peace advocates and local communities to develop new forms of engagement. The term peacetech thereby refers to two different approaches: 1) Utilizing existing online/social…

#defyhatenow at the Social Media Conference in Kampala, Uganda

June 28, 2018

The UGANDA SOCIAL MEDIA CONFERENCE 2018 had its focus on: DEMOCRACY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL (DIS) INFORMATION CONFERENCE BACKGROUND The Uganda Social Media Conference is an annual programme organized by the Uganda country office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) which aims to bring together key stakeholders from government, civil society, academia and…

South Sudanese colleagues visiting Berlin

May 7, 2018

With a range of exciting events happening these days in Berlin we are very happy to welcome three of our colleagues from South Sudan. The founders of the #Go Girls ICT Initiative Yine Yenki and Eva Yayi as well as Bior Jaden attended the annual Global Innovation Gathering, presented at this year’s 12th edition of…

Raising awareness on the misuse of Social Media

April 6, 2018

Download the PDF Version of this press release   Juba, 6th April 2018: #ThinkB4UClick (Think Before You Click) is an awareness campaign that aims at pointing out the dangers of misinformation, fake news and hate speech with a focus on South Sudan. Over a period of one month, we aim to discuss with the public the…

DEFY – the film

February 26, 2018

Download the PDF version of this press release   Combating hate speech through the Arts Starring Silvano Yokwe, Doker Stephen, Winnie Joseph, Nicole Mariam Produced by SKP South Sudan, Bilpam Studios with r0g_agency Director Egily Hakim Egily Written by Sam Lukudu   Juba, 26th February 2018. – The community peace building initiative #defyhatenow is proud…

#vienna school

December 18, 2017

Meeting the Other – a communication project between Rhino Camp and HBG Youths


November 29, 2017

#RhinoTalks, brought together different actors and relevant stakeholders from South Sudanese NGOs in Uganda, Journalists and refugee settlements leaders with the aim of sharing / developing of strategies for mitigating the occurrence of hate rhetoric among south Sudanese asylum seeking communities in Uganda.  

#Peace4all video released

November 29, 2017

The new #Peace4ALL music video from the #PeaceVillage in collaboration with #defyhatenow takes place Tuesday March 28th 2017 at 6pm.   More information at www.defyhatenow.net

Juba Wiki Sprint

November 9, 2017

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August 18, 2017

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Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents

December 16, 2016

Using Wikipedia to #defyhatenow in Wau, South Sudan. The #defyhatenow team held a Wikipedia peace agents workshop in Wau.   Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents #defyhatenow 15-16th December Wikipedia was searched to get an initial overview of information about South Sudan, what languages are being used and for things that are particularly interesting to promote peace, unity…

ojoVoz Workshop in Berlin

November 8, 2016

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#PeaceJam 2016

September 21, 2016

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#defyhatenow background notes

May 9, 2015

Background research for detailed “DefyHateNow campaign + robust training curriculum summary of different policies, contexts and approaches re:monitoring and combatting hate speech on- and off-line. r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation Susanne Bellingshausen, Abiol Lual Leng, Yoann Fily, Stephen Kovats, Jodi Rose   #DefyHateNow is an initiative to combat social media hate speech by…

South Sudan #DeepDive: Prof. Leben Nelson Moro

July 17, 2014

Join us for a special evening with our guest Prof. Leben Nelson Moro from the Center for Peace and Development Studies, University of Juba, South Sudan. At a time framed by the extremes of humanitarian crisis, immense pressures on equitable development and great uncertainty in its future political path South Sudan: #DeepDive is a unique…


#defyhatenow was funded from 2015 to 2018 by the ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen with means from the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt). From 2019 onwards it has been funded directly through the German Federal Foreign Office.




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