Funder: Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET)

Project Summary:

Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) under the Gender and ICT Policy Advocacy Program has been engaging in advocating for Gender sensitive ICT Policies and Programs since 2006.  The advocacy was undertaken through the caucus named Uganda Women Caucus on ICT Policy (UWCI). To expand   the network and bring   more members on board who were not WOUGNET’s members, the caucus was rebranded to become the Women ICT Advocacy Group (WIAG). WIAG is housed at WOUGNET secretariat and spearheaded by the organization aimed at engendering ICT policy process in Uganda. The main goal is to advocate for Internet Access for all in Uganda.  It is a coalition of organizations and individuals interested in gender and ICT issues. To strengthen the skills of other gender activists, WIAG highlights the main issues during meetings with policy makers and promotes the need to integrate gender into ICT policies. The caucus comprised of WOUGNET members and Interested partners.

Project outcomes

  • Advocacy under taken include research, studies, analysis and advocacy of issues in the areas of e-governance, internet access, women rights online and ending gender-based violence

  • Date: 08 Mar 2018 08:45 PM

Funder: Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET)

Project Summary


Today Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) is almost being used in all aspects of lives. The technology expanded into banking, shopping, education, health care, social networking, water, electricity, flight bookings, security, transport and commerce. According to International Telecommunication Union (ITU), with the growing application and dependency on ICTS, the risks in terms of phishing attacks, compromised credentials, and human error-induced breaches, poorly managed smart gadgets and mobile devices are growing and this requires all stakeholders to have adequate capacity and knowledge to take appropriate actions.

In Uganda, technology gender-based violence has taken a surge with the notable case being the one of Doctor Stella Nyanzi, a senior lecturer at Makerere University who was arrested in 2017 and remanded at Luzira Prison for calling President Museveni pairs of buttocks and penalised for committing an offense according to section 24 and 25 of the Computer Misuse Act of 2011.

In addition, Uganda police cyber security report of 2017, indicated that 95 percent of cyber crimes cases and threats go un reported and only 4.4 percent cases were followed up and addressed to some extent because of limited experts and tools to be used. This is inline with the research report of Seriani Cyber threat Intelligence research team from Kenya whose reports indicate that most organisations in Uganda are ill equipped to deal with cyber threats.

WOUGNET assesses capacity of University students in Uganda and tries to train more experts especially young women who join these organisations after studies as employees. As well creating awareness on the extent of digital security in Uganda to ensure that women and women rights organisations are safe when they go online and browse the internet. This effort requires multi-sectoral and international collaboration to ensure that the strategy, technical, legal and policy space is strengthened to be able to address the security matters of the Country.

Objectives

  • The current and future digital security challenges faced by women and women rights organizations in Uganda assessed to reduce vulnerability and unabated losses.
  • Inclusion and online safety of women and women rights organizations promoted through capacity building to reduce attacks and fostering collaborations between the ICTs management and the policy makers in Uganda.
  • Awareness on technology related violence against women and applicable laws and policies in Uganda raised.

  • Date: 04 Jan 2018 06:00 PM