The use of cyber space and its attendant features of anonymity continue to influence both positively and negatively on social, economic, cultural, and political aspects of every society. Nevertheless, while the cyberspace have provided secure tools and spaces where women can enjoy their freedom of expression, information and privacy of communication, the same benefits of anonymity and privacy also extend to those who employ ICTs for criminal activities and use the Internet to commit violence against women. The use of mobile phones and Internet to stalk, abuse, traffic, intimidate and humiliate women is palpable in developing countries including Kenya. The lack of specific cybercrime/cyber security legislation makes it even more difficult to punish those who use ICTs tools to conduct violence against women. While, the review of the Kenya Communications Amendment Act, enacted in January 2009, begins to deal with the problem, it does not explicitly deal with all cyber crime and cyber security issues on the person and specifically women.
With increased access to broadband, which will translate to increase in use of ICTs and the Internet in particular, it has become very urgent to ensure that policy and regulation is developed to address issues of cyber violence against women.
This study is part of the KICTANet (Kenya ICT Action Network) and GRACE (Gender Research in Africa into ICTs for Empowerment) GRACE Project supported by the International Development and Research Centre (IDRC) and attempts to provide an evidence based framework to address cybercrime against women in Kenya and by extrapolation the East African Community Member state.
Bugging issues as yet : inline posting gets stripped, dealing with old emails, associating user identities with mailing list names so users can post as themselves...