Digital rights and freedoms should be accorded the same protection as offline rights and freedoms.1 Protection of freedom of expression, access to information, data protection, and privacy have been guaranteed in international and regional instruments to which Uganda is a party. Consequently, they must be considered in the recommendations made to Uganda during the third cycle of the UPR.
This position paper is primarily a result of two multi-stakeholder convenings of the Civil Society Organizations, on how to bridge the gender digital gap in Uganda. It brings forward the argument that access alone is not enough; women need agency and capacity to leverage access. The paper thus highlights the increasing significance of making assessments of the gender digital gap in Uganda and develop meaningful indicators that contribute to the design and implementation of effective policies that drive adoption. It highlights the need for effective promotion of women's digital adoption not only from the government but also from the private sector and civil society in order to lead the digital adoption of best practices for women in Uganda. In other words, this paper reflects the position of civil society on the smart policy options necessary in closing the gender digital gap in Uganda.
This brief was developed by Sandra Aceng (Women of Uganda Network - WOUGNET), Joan Katambi (Digital Literacy Initiative), Francesca Grandolfo (DefendDefenders), and Gole Andrew (Encrypt Uganda) as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign in 2020 on what online gender-based violence is, the legal frameworks, and possible measures to tackle it.