CREATING SAFE ONLINE SPACES FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS
Online Gender-Based Violence Against Women and Girls
Digitization is gaining momentum in East Africa and opening up unprecedented opportunities for women to express themselves and take part in social and developmental debates. Online violence against women and girls has dramatically increased and most women in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya. The majority of women and girls who are active on social media have ever experienced some form of online gender-based violence
As a result, women often censor themselves or withdraw from social media. Lacking are strategies and functioning legal regulations to protect women on the Internet.
We joined the Women@Web project to empower women and girls through advocacy, research, carrying out digital literacy and security training
Capacity Building for Police Officers
In discussing women’s access to legal recourse, we must also acknowledge the role police play as women’s first contact with the criminal justice system. Therefore, any legal approach to make online spaces safer for women must include policies to build police’s capacity in the field of online violence and police’s ability to keep up with the advancement in technology. This campaign aims at building the capacity of Police officers in Uganda about forms of online gender-based violence and how they can be handled. Additionally, officers are equipped with digital security skills that they can share with victims and survivors of online gender-based violence.