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Panelists for a session at the MENA Regional Forum on DVAW, April 21, 2024.

This Week: Spotlighting Digital Violence Against MENA Women

In Amman this week, our Salam@ team co-presents a series of meet-ups spotlighting digital violence against women (DVAW) across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

In the news
Regional forum addresses concerns on digital violence against women in MENA region
The Jordan Times, April 22, 2024

National Center for Women’s Affairs stresses the need to educate women on how to deal with digital violence (Arabic)
Jordan News Agency (Petra), April 22, 2024

Events kicked off Sunday in Amman, Jordan, with a two-day Regional Forum on DVAW convening researchers and practitioners from across MENA. The centrepiece: 20+ research studies unpacking the complexities of DVAW in 16 countries. Developed by local woman researchers, this work is already filling critical knowledge gaps. It will inform and shape policy advocacy and frontline support for women on the road ahead. The team is co-presenting this forum with the Information and Research Centre (King Hussein Foundation). And this work has received crucial support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Next, the Jordanian Network Combating Digital Violence Against Female Journalists meets April 23. That’s the initiative we first announced here a year and half ago. The team was honoured to play a role in bringing the women together who’ve made this happen. Since then, those women have grown the Network a hub for advocacy, peer support and public awareness. Nearly half of Jordan’s female journalists now count themselves as members. And we all look forward to seeing the plans that come out of this important meeting.

Meanwhile, April 23-24, Salam@ kickstarts its newest project: the “ecosystems” response to DVAW  announced here last month. It builds on what we’re learning about how DVAW unfolds in complex social contexts—and about the limits of single-frame responses (whether that’s psychosocial support or digital safety training). Once again with IDRC support, this project seeks to build conditions for resilient governance, health and educational ecosystems that can support female tech users and survivors. And this week, the team convenes its remarkable project partners from Jordan and Iraq to get the work moving.

Watch this space for updates on this and more in the coming weeks.