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Data Protection and Privacy Policy Brief - A gender perspective.pdf
Women’s online participation presents data protection issues such as lack of agency and control over data, consent in unequal power dynamic contexts, loss of privacy, discrimination, online gender-based violence targeting women and bias that is compounded when age, class and gender intersect. Kenya has been lauded for having a digitally connected and active citizenry, and indeed providing requisite infrastructure, and an enabling environment for digitization has been a policy priority advanced by the government through the ICT Ministry. However, digitization and wide scale online access is but one side of the coin. The other side is exposure to violations of privacy, bias and online violence, which could be suffered by anyone, but women are particularly vulnerable. Women and young girls are harmed differently than other citizens by these violations, an issue not properly addressed by existing policies and laws.
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