News culture Sexist harassment on Twitch: you can take action this weekend with Birds of Prey!
Published on 11/11/2022 at 16:20
If when we talk about charity events on Twitch we think first of all of ZEvent or perhaps the Desert Bus of Hope and SpeedDons, they are not the only ones to generate money for a good cause. This weekend is held in particular Birds of Prey, a charity marathon which carries a very special flavor in the current context.
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Twitch and CRIJ, two worlds that meet
It all starts in 2020. A year that will remain memorable for many of us since it was that year that France (and a good part of the world) experienced long months of confinement. If the latter were necessary to prevent the expansion of the pandemic and millions of deaths, they still had dramatic consequences on certain points. Much has been said about the impact of this confinement on the mental health of the French, but the same goes for their cardiovascular health. There has also been an increase in school dropouts but also in gender-based and sexual violence (60% increase in reports during the second confinement). It was when Jonathan saw this grim statistic that he thought he had to act and encourage his colleagues to look into this subject.
The action, that knows it. As a digital and event organizer at the Center Régional Information Jeunesse d’Orléans, his job is precisely to act to help young people on different levels. The CRIJ is an association that may be familiar to you since it is a structure present in all regions of France. From Orléans to Paris via Montpellier, the mission of the CRIJ is the same: welcome and inform young people in need, whether it is on how to find a job, an internship, housing; how to choose your orientation; how to go on vacation at a lower cost, etc. As for Jonathan, his missions focus, as you will have understood, on digital. This ranges from the implementation of interventions in schools to help with the creation of a CV and the organization of conferences to raise parents’ awareness of the benefits and dangers of digital technology.
Digital, Jonathan is his domain, in work as in life. As he says himself, he is a “geek”. So he plays video games and spends long hours watching content on Twitch. But if he likes the platform, he finds the way women are treated there deeply “disgusting”. Sexist harassment on Twitch is a problem that we have already discussed and which exacerbatedly reflects the ambient sexism of our society which takes shape through, in particular, the rise in sexist and sexual violence that we were talking about earlier. Faced with these two concordant pieces of information, an idea comes to him: to bring together the associative world of the CRIJ and the digital world of Twitch for a common event to fight against gender-based and sexual violence. Thus is born Birds of Prey, a charity marathon on Twitch, the first edition of which will be held on November 21 and 22, 2020.
Results ? 12,000 euros collected for the Planning Familial du Loiret, against cyber-harassment and against sexist and sexual violence, a very nice sum for this brand new event based in Orléans. Quite naturally, the experience was therefore repeated the following year. From November 20 to 21, 2021, no less than 23,000 euros were raised for the benefit of the Resonantes association, which fights against sexist and sexual violence through awareness and education. Never two without three, they say, and that’s why you can find Birds of Prey this weekend for its third edition!
Birds of Prey 3.0 pour Hands Away
Hostilities begin this Saturday, November 12 at 1 p.m. (2 p.m. for the opening of the event itself) and end on Sunday around 5 p.m. And the least we can say is that the program is very busy. Opening by the prefect of Loiret, presentation of projects organized by young people from the region, discovery of the backstage of the event, discussion with the French studio Guild Studio (Shadow of the Guild)… And that’s just for the CRIF channel.
Like every year, Jonathan and his colleagues will not be alone. About thirty streamers responded (including 25 face-to-face at the CRIJ) and will broadcast content throughout the event. Among them, we find in particular Chris Klippel, Ezechiel_Dincyr, Fnatic Yel, Nayru, Priscille_, Shironamie or Yumeea. Pikanoa and Sophie LRDS are the sponsors of the event. We can already expect Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, Sweet Love and donation goals galore, and we can only hope that the donations will be numerous.
But who will these donations go to? This year Birds of Prey will finance the “Colleges for Equality” project led by the Hands Away association and awareness workshops for the youngest via VR. The name of the association may be familiar to you and it is not surprising! It all started in 2016 with the HandsAway application, which allowed victims and witnesses of gender-based and sexual assaults to testify and alert others. Two years later, the association was created to support this project, which was gradually gaining momentum. This will result in a partnership with Uber to help victims, interventions in businesses, schools or public spaces and other actions of all kinds. Associations working with vulnerable audiences will also be able to benefit from donations from Birds of Prey, but always in the same spirit: fight against sexual and gender-based violence. And as much to say that this fight carries a very particular meaning in view of the current context.
Sexism and Harassment on Twitch
It has been known for several years that being a woman on Twitch means being confronted with a sometimes very dirty form of sexual harassment. But lately, this reality has had the right to renewed attention, whether from the public, the media and even politicians. It all started with a tweet from Maghla reminiscing about what she goes through on a daily basis. Some time before, the streamer Shironamie, who also participates in Birds of Prey, had shared a clip of her live where we see her being threatened by telephone live. There followed many speeches on the subject which finally seem to have been taken into account.
As we have said, the recent speeches have been the subject of great attention. The Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in charge of Equality between Women and Men, Diversity and Equal Opportunities, Isabelle Rome, even went there with her little tweet to indicate that a co-work – construction of a code of conduct in the video game sector. Obviously, it was not just empty words since many streamers have recently been invited to visit the ministry to discuss this subject. A first step towards better management of this vast problem therefore seems to have been initiated.
But it would be very stupid to be satisfied with so little thinking that it will be enough to solve the problem. As we said in our article on the subject, a lot of work must also be done on the platform side but also on all of us. Prevention, education, speaking out are all examples of small actions you can take to hopefully get things moving. And so you can add to that, participating in the Birds of Prey effort this weekend. So certainly, this weekend is rather busy in terms of charity events. This weekend will also be held the Telethon Gaming and Interglitches: Cogito Ergo Run. But don’t forget to spend a head (and donate a few euros if you can) towards the Orleans charity marathon.