When & Where
25th-27th October 2023 (venue to be confirmed)
The rise of digital platforms and social media has provided numerous opportunities for women human rights defenders (WHRDs) and women politicians in Kenya to raise awareness, advocate for their causes, and mobilize support. However, they face specific challenges related to online harassment, threats, and gender-based violence, undermining their safety, well-being, and effectiveness. Currently, online harassment is on a high level in Kenya. Recognizing the urgency and importance of addressing these issues, a multistakeholder meeting is being convened to bring together state representatives, WHRDs, women politicians, and tech sector platforms to develop strategies to combat online harassment in Kenya collectively.
The main objectives of the multistakeholder meeting are as follows:
- To assess the current landscape of online harassment and gender-based violence faced by women human rights defenders and women politicians in Kenya.
- To identify the underlying factors contributing to online harassment and analyse their impact on WHRDs’ and women politicians’ ability to carry out their work effectively.
- To share best practices and innovative approaches from tech sector platforms, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to mitigate online harassment and promote the empowerment of women.
- To develop a comprehensive strategy and action plan that outlines practical steps for preventing and responding to online harassment of WHRDs and women politicians in Kenya, including potential suggestions for new regulation and policies.
- To foster collaboration and partnerships among state representatives, WHRDs, women politicians, and tech sector platforms for sustained efforts in combating online harassment and promoting gender equality.
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About the Organizers
DanChurchAid is an International Non-Governmental Organization that supports the poorest in the world in their struggle for a dignified life and helps people in need. As part of its Global Goals, DCA works to fight extreme inequality by strengthening multistakeholder engagement, including state & non-state actors in support of individuals and communities in decision making processes that affect their freedoms and entitlements.
Siasa Place (SP) is a civic-tech youth-led non-governmental organization (NGO), established in 2015 that specializes in working with grassroots youth, in building institutional structures to support youth participation in politics and good governance. SP targets youth and develops their skills in policy review, supporting the creation of youth-friendly platforms, for public participation in decision-making processes, including the budget process and social accountability.
Pollicy is a feminist collective of technologists, data scientists, creatives and academics working at the intersection of data, design and technology focusing on influencing responsible data use, promoting appropriate data governance practices and advocating for policies that support an enabling data ecosystem.