The Internet is an essential resource that journalists depend on for news distribution, interaction with audiences and sources as well as resource for research on stories. Despite its importance, the Internet has also been used as an avenue for attacks against journalists, not just because of their journalistic work, but often because of their gender. Online Gender Violence (technology based violence) exists within a context similar to what happens offline.
According to a survey on Women Journalists’ digital security by AMWIK and Article 19, approximately 7 out of 10 female journalists in Kenya have experienced online harassment in the course of their work. The nature of harassment include: online bullying, trolling, cyber stalking, defamation/hate speech, online harassment, public shaming, identity theft, hacking amongst other offences.
Owing to the increase in technology assisted violence against women and given the inevitable online presence that women journalists must occupy, there is need to equip them with skills to help them optimise digital security in order to take proper protective measures and also stand up for their rights in the digital space.
It is for this reason that AMWIK has partnered with Safe Sister Project of DefendDefenders with support from Bread for the World and Internews to equip members with practical digital skills to enhance their online safety. The training will take place on 2nd February 2018
About Safe Sister
Safe Sister is a program for tech-savvy women working in the human rights and media movement in East Africa joining forces to take on today’s digital challenges of women human rights defenders