Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) at RightsCon 2023

This year, RightsCon, the global summit organized by Access Now, will host its 12th edition from 5th to 8th June 2023 in Costa Rica with physical and online participation. RightsCon aims to bring stakeholders, tech companies, government representatives, and human rights defenders together so as to foster a future that respects digital rights. 

In its hybrid format, RightsCon will present a diverse program consisting of over 600 sessions. WOUGNET  will actively participate during the summit. 

WOUGNET’s participation in RightsCon will primarily revolve around key themes; Gender justice, gender backlash online, surveillance, data justice and governance, tech policy and ICT laws, cyber security, and online gender-based violence among others.

During the event, WOUGNET aims to achieve several goals and objectives. These include promoting the use of ICTs by women and women organizations to combat online gender backlash and shedding more light on the challenges women organizations are facing online. They also aim to contribute to the event’s themes by sharing insights on the relationship between digital technologies and women’s online rights. 

WOUGNET will also participate in topics that are relevant to the organization so as to acquire new knowledge that promotes women’s rights online so as to have an inclusive and just society where women and girls are enabled to use ICTs for sustainable development.


Monday, 5 June
Online Regional Meetup
Hosts: Women Of Uganda Network, Annir Initiative, Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales and European Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Time: 4-5 pm EAT
Format: Online
WOUGNET will host the Africa online regional meet-up for the Africa region. This meetup will provide an opportunity for the African region to connect and establish valuable relationships with other regional participants and future partnerships.

More information: https://rightscon.summit.tc/t/rightscon-costa-rica-2023/events/online-regional-meetup-mena-africa-latam-europe-8qTSiFTeG8pmWKZanxvqEy

Thursday, 8 June
Gender justice is under attack: is it gender backlash online?
Host: Women Of Uganda Network(WOUGNET)
Speakers: Peace Oliver Amuge, Francis Ogweng, Sandra Aceng, Iffat Jahan Antara, and Maira Kubik
Time: 12:30-1:30 pm EAT
Format: Online Dialogue 
In this session, we will dive into the concept of online Gender backlash, examining its underlying factors and discussing strategies to combat it. 

More information: https://rightscon.summit.tc/t/rightscon-costa-rica-2023/events/gender-justice-is-under-attack-is-it-gender-backlash-online-rr5GWJcWivoDHYibRay2UT 


Spyware Satellite Event
RightsCon 2023- Costa Rica
Libelula in the Costa Rica Convention Center
Monday, June 5, 9 am-12 pm CST
Organizers: Access Now, Amnesty International, Center for Democracy and Technology, UC Irvine International Justice Clinic
Private Satellite Event: Spyware is Weaponry: Let’s Talk Regulation and Beyond
Civil society and independent experts come together to dive deep into differing approaches to spyware, unpack what constitutes a robust regulatory framework governing trade-in, and use of said technology, and explore tactics in which we can amplify our collective voice.


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