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

It is interesting to note that when persons who have been abused online
when they speak up, they end up being respected more unlike those who remain
silenced or silent. In this case, more initiatives need to be in place that
encourages women especially to raise their voices. In return, there is a
ripple effect.
Moreover, we have witnessed many lawyers who emerge to support those
affected in a probono way. It is time more support lent to them courtesy of
representing such cases.

Finally, Kenyan policymakers and other stakeholders must tackle the
challenges that do not enhance access to tech tools especially for women,
the prevalence of harassment and abuse confronting young women in their
online lives the extension of patriarchal norms in the digital arena; and
the continuing silencing of women in public life.

*Kind Regards,*

*David Indeje *

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On Sat, 14 Jul 2018 at 10:38, David Indeje <davidindeje@gmail.com> wrote:

> 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>
> :
> [image: image.png]
> [image: image.png]
> Is this enough? in addressing this issue amicably?
>
>
> *Kind Regards,*
>
> *David Indeje *
>
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>
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> <ke.linkedin.com/pub/david-indeje/17/7b9/647> Skype: david.indeje
>
>
> 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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