From hacking and harassment to doxxing and blackmail, online gender-based violence (GBV) is on the rise globally. That’s why more and more women are proactively equipping themselves to stay safer in a changing world, where cyberspace and physical space increasingly intermix. Here at The SecDev Foundation, we are proud to support groundbreaking local responses to online GBV, most recently through a new project in Jordan that’s already making headlines.
In the news:
- The Jordan Times (May 16, 2022):
Project launched to combat gender-based digital violence
- Jordan News (May 17, 2022):
IRCKHF launches initiative concerned with issues of digital gender-based violence
- Al Ghad (May 20, 2022 – in Arabic):
[email protected]: Launching a program to provide digital security for women
The 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. Reaching back out to the community, they will also form sub-groups to drive awareness campaigns, roundtable discussions, in-depth media reports, engagement with members of parliament, and beyond.
The fuel for this project is the commitment of the women who’ve stepped forward in Amman. Each brings unique insight and experience to the table. What they share is a determination to protect women’s safety and strengthen civil society in their own national and regional contexts.
The SecDev Foundation is pleased to support this initiative through our [email protected] program, in partnership with The Information and Research Center (King Hussein Foundation). This cohort-based project is the first of its kind for [email protected] and for Jordan, and it will serve as a pilot for upcoming capacity-strengthening initiatives in Tunisia and Morocco.
[email protected] promotes digital resilience for women, youth and civil society organizations in the Middle East and North Africa. Through awareness campaigns, training, technical assistance and psychosocial support, we aim to change perceptions and behaviors around digital safety, raise public awareness and build sustainable capacity for people to work safely online. [email protected] is active in Jordan, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Kuwait, Bahrain and Libya.