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Bridging the digital gender divide for women in Kenya

The Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) is among the four Kenyan organizations implementing the project ‘Enhancing digital literacy and safety for women in Kenya.’
Supported by the Deutsche Welle Akademie, under the Women@Web East Africa project, it seeks to empower over 80 women academics, politicians, journalists and human rights defenders in Kenya with digital literacy and online safety skills.

The project comes in the backdrop of increased cases of Technology Assisted Violence Against Women (TAVAW) in the East Africa region. According to AMWIK’s Online safety for women journalists’ survey 2017, cyber-bullying, trolling, defamation, sexual harassment and identity theft have emerged as key digital threats facing women journalists in Kenya today.

AMWIK has developed a keen interest in addressing online violence against women journalists since 2015. The organization continues to play an integral role in documenting digital threats facing media women.

Key issues that project beneficiaries are set to learn include how to detect digital risks and mechanisms for mitigating the threats as they engage online.

Other grantees in Kenya include Article 19, Siasa Place and KICTANet. The DW Akademie is also supporting other grantees in Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda through the Women@Web East Africa. These include Acacia Book Café in Rwanda, Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), Defenders Protection Initiative (DPI), Not Your Body (NYB), Chapter Four and Unwanted Witness all in Uganda, and Women@Web Tanzania.

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