Women@Web Online Debate
Over the last thirty years women’s rights organizations, journalists, activists and feminists have used Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), including the internet and social media to access and share critical information about their rights, organise and mobilise for activism and engage in advocacy.
However, despite their benefits and potential to support women’s rights and movement-building throughout Uganda, these new technologies have also created significant challenges for women’s rights organizations and movements, including the emergence of new forms of violence and abuse against women online. Emerging data shows that women and girls are subjected to various forms of technology related violence. This behavior targets women and girls, with an intention to intimidate, to coerce, or to cause fear, anxiety, humiliation and extreme emotional distress.
In order to respond to the vice, the Women At Web Project, with an aim of improving digital literacy and general digital landscape among more African women. The need for improved digital literacy among more women in Africa is fundamental and should be supported with a thorough understanding of the online and offline social structures that could influence their willingness to be active participants in the online arena.