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Jordanian Women Tackle Online Violence

From hacking and harassment to doxxing and blackmail, digital gender-based violence (GBV) is on the rise globally. That’s why more and more women are proactively equipping themselves to stay safer online. And that’s why the Foundation is proud to support groundbreaking local responses to online GBV—like this new project in Jordan that’s already making headlines.

Our objective: to deepen civil society’s understanding of online GBV—how it happens and how to reduce risk, including through digital safety and privacy practices. The unique method: to strengthen the capacity of strategic cohorts of women—including lawyers, journalists and community leaders—to become champions of resilience in their own sectors and regions.

Our very first cohort launched this week in Amman, Jordan, as 18 women gathered for an intensive two-day bootcamp. Over the next three months, they will dig deeper into the world of digital resilience through workshops and webinars. They will also form sub-groups to develop plans to reach back out to their communities. That will include driving awareness campaigns, roundtable discussions, in-depth media reports, engagement with members of parliament, and more.

We’re so impressed by the women who’ve stepped forward in Amman. Each brings unique insight, expertise and experience to the table. What they share is a determination to protect women’s safety in their own professional and regional contexts.

The SecDev Foundation is pleased to support this initiative through our Salam@ program, in partnership with The Information and Research Center (King Hussein Foundation). This cohort-based project is the first of its kind for Salam@ and for Jordan, and it will serve as a pilot for upcoming capacity-strengthening initiatives in Tunisia and Morocco.

About Salam@

With Foundation support, Salam@ promotes digital resilience for women, youth and civil society organizations in the Middle East and North Africa. The team delivers locally-tailored training, awareness campaigns, digital clinics, technical assistance and psychosocial support. Salam@ is active in Jordan, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Kuwait, Bahrain and Libya.

Learn more about Salam@ – Digital Safety for Women and Youth (MENA)