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Gender polygraph based on candidates' online speeches

For the first time in history, the majority of the vice-presidential candidates in Elections 2018 are women, a fact that comes in the context of an increasingly important debate on the role of women in society and the problems they face.

As part of a project on misinformation, Linterna Verde, in partnership with the Foundation for Press Freedom, presents a report that monitors gender discourses - both of presidential candidates and their formulas - through the analysis of nearly 45,000 posts on Facebook and Twitter. This exercise was carried out together with Colnodo, which promotes the appropriation of information and communication technologies with a gender approach. 

The 'Gender Polygraph' allowed us not only to see how the vice-presidential candidates have talked about women, but also to see that it is they, and not their male presidential candidates, who have ultimately pushed this agenda - beyond their chosen focus. For some women's organisations, this visibility did not always imply greater depth. Although the candidates mentioned issues that had traditionally been invisible, such as the care economy or the reduction of violence against women, other equally relevant issues were absent.