Kenya IGF Online Discussion Day 5: online violence Against women: How do we create safe spaces online

Listers,

I am supporting @Cecilia on this topic.

First, in 2015, The U.N. Broadband Commission reported
<www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2015/9/cyber-violence-report-press-release>
that one in five young women has been sexually harassed online. Amnesty
International ’s report
<www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/03/toxic-twitter-online-abuse-and-violence-against-women/>
suggested that over three-quarters of women and girls expected violence and
abuse if they expressed an opinion online.

The need to end gender-based violence against women continue to be the
subject of global discourse. This is an issue in Kenya too. Case in point,
Technology-assisted Violence Against Women (TAVAW). For instance, recent
cases:

1. Radio Jambo Presenter Annitah Raey ‘cyberbullied’ for talking about
rape
<www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/07/11/annitah-raey-cyberbullied-for-talking-about-rape_c1784561>
via @TheStarKenya
2. Today in the East African, Nerima Wako, ED, Siasa Place writes that
“Twitter is a safe space for insecure men with fake handles and no volume
control”
she says “When you defend yourself online as a woman, people judge you
for how you speak because apparently, women have to behave in a certain
way. They should not curse or yell, otherwise they will be seen as having
no class. But men have no rules.”

I am not defending men in this case, but it should be noted that women are
attacked more than men online.

Some of the measures that have been proposed before, borrowing a leaf from
Hivos and ICJ Kenya
<icj-kenya.org/jdownloads/Publications/ICJ%20Kenya%20Policy%20Brief%20on%20ETAVAW.pdf>
:
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Is this enough? in addressing this issue amicably?

*Kind Regards,*

*David Indeje *

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On Sat, 14 Jul 2018 at 10:18, cmaundu— via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Hello Listers
>
>
>
>
> The Internet and mobile technologies have created new ways to connect,
> share resources and experiences, and build communities. However despite the
> internet offering great solutions and innovations to how people access
> information, online violence has been on the rise especially against women
> but remains a silent epidemic in Kenya. These digital spaces have
> provided tools and platforms for the replication and continuation of the
> perpetration of violence against women.”
>
>
> – 1. How is it a problem for Kenya?
> –
> – 2. How should it be addressed?
> –
> – 3. Is enough being done at the moment?
> – What are the measures that need to be
> – taken to create safe spaces for women
> – online?
>
>
> Let’s engage
>
> Cecilia Maundu
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