Safety and privacy for women online key – Says Facebook

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Due to the increasing threats and online violence targeted at women and girls, Facebook has recently teamed up with various stakeholders especially women organisation in Africa to discuss safety and security issues at Facebook as well as share Facebook’s safety and privacy guidelines for safer stay online.

In a meeting held on the 10th of February 2016 at Hotel Villa Rosa Kempinski in Kenya Capital Nairobi, the head of Facebook Global Policy and team members of Facebook within the African region shared privacy and safety guidelines and urged participants – who largely were representatives of women organisations to share their insights and experiences regarding the safety of women online.

Ms. Akua Gyekye, the Facebook Policy Manager in Africa noted that social media is creating a world that is more open and connected, enabling people to share the most important parts of their lives with families, friends and communities and that’s why Facebook has teamed up with organisations to offer tips to help people maintain safety and control over their information on the internet.

Participants suggested a wide range of options including urging Facebook to increase their current number of staffing in Africa from just two as of now to a considerable number able to offer services to millions of people in Africa. The Facebook team were further urged to work with several other organizations that can be at the frontline to raise awareness and educate the masses on safety and security issues online.

Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) was a key participant in the event and have worked to advocate issues of safety and security of women and girls in the digital space. WOUGNET has further produced reports such as the Women’s Rights Online and Cyber Infrastructure; A woman’s issue too! Aimed at advancing a gender sensitive approach to ICT policy in Uganda. Other organisations from Uganda in attendance includes CIPESA, and ISIS-WICCE.



Moses Owiny