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

Listers,

There are these common word terminologies – Gender mainstreaming and Gender
Integration.
What do they mean when creating safe spaces for wo(men) when it comes to
TAVAW especially for different stakeholders – be it in policy making,
empowerment programs, at our workplaces and any space where both genders
interact?

*Kind Regards,*

*David Indeje *

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On Sat, 14 Jul 2018 at 11:12, David Indeje <davidindeje@gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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>
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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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>>
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>> 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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