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Promoting digital resilience for women and girls across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Salam@ (“Salamat”) is helping MENA women use new digital technologies to improve their lives—safer from hacking, harassment, scams, blackmail, theft, gender-based violence and other digital harms. The team is pioneering a public health approach to digital violence, especially gender-based violence. That means they integrate prevention, frontline intervention, public awareness and policy advocacy, supported by evidence-based research. Salam@ works with local partners to identify key risks and build digital resilience programs that respond—through lenses and languages that people understand.

SALAM@’s DIGITAL RESILIENCE TOOLBOX

  • CyberSTAR: Our 6-point digital safety model: risks, identity, passwords, conversations, devices, data.
  • Digital resilience training: Helping people and organizations recognize and reduce digital risks.
  • Digital clinics: Broadly accessible digital safety learning, often tied to existing civil society events.
  • Technical support: One-on-one digital safety help: women helping women, online and by phone.
  • Emergency response: Technical and psychosocial support for people who’ve been targeted online.
  • Awareness campaigns: Traditional and social media communications on reducing digital risks.
  • Audit & remediation: Helping small organizations identify vulnerabilities and adopt safer practices.
  • Alerts: Guidance on emerging threats, from system vulnerabilities to scams and disinformation.

Latest initiatives

Building on insights from our 2019-2023 frontline digital-resilience program, the team’s latest initiatives include:

  • Researching Digital Violence Against Women (DVAW):  Through more than 20 new country-based studies, led by researchers in the region, the team is enabling trailblazing investigations into local contexts and impacts of DVAW. In some countries, these are the first substantial data sets on this urgent topic.
  • Strengthening ecosystems of support for women: Launched in 2024, this project seeks to build conditions for resilient governance (law/policy), health and educational ecosystems to support female tech users and DVAW survivors. We’re piloting this newly holistic approach in Jordan and Iraq, building on lessons learned from earlier projects.
  • Developing Arabic training guides: Leveraging years of field training experience, the team is building a suite of public-domain training guides covering essential topics in digital safety and psychosocial support for survivors of DVAW.

 

2019-2023: Frontline engagement

Salam@ coordinated a four-year, large-scale digital resilience program for women and youth in seven MENA countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. In each case, a locally-based national coordinator helped shape strategies and activities—including localizing communications for local realities and dialects.

This program achieved unprecedented reach among women:

  • 35,000 people directly benefited from Salam@ services—including 18,000 through training, 11,000 through clinics and awareness sessions, and 4,000 via support lines.
  • 28 million users engaged online with Salam@’s public awareness campaigns on digital risks and responses.
  • Salam@ spokespeople shaped national conversations about digital resilience through more than 450 broadcast and print media exposures.

 

Key innovations

Along the way, the Salam@ team has delivered innovations with lasting impact. Highlights include:

  • Convening and mentoring the Digital Advocates—the MENA region’s first all-female group of digital safety trainers—to lead Salam@’s on-the-ground education activities.
  • Mentoring strategic cohorts of female lawyers, journalists, politicians and other community leaders in four countries to lead on digital policy advocacy.
  • Working with 20+ specialists from nine MENA countries to develop the first-ever unified, dictionary of Arabic digital safety terms in sign language for the Deaf community.
  • Publishing nearly 200 easy-to-understand digital safety guides, including guidance in several local Arabic dialects.
  • Developing a psychosocial support manual for service providers working with survivors of digital violence against women.

 

Latest posts

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

This Week: Spotlighting Digital Violence Against MENA Women

This week in Amman, our Salam@ team co-presents a series of meet-ups spotlighting digital violence against women across the Middle East and North Africa.

Digital Violence Against Women: Our New “Ecosystems” Response

This International Women’s Day, we’re launching a holistic new response to technology-facilitated violence against women across the Middle East and North Africa.

Rise 25: Mozilla Honours a SecDev Digital Pioneer

On October 13, Mozilla recognized longtime SecDev Foundation contributor Ahmad Hegab as one of its “Rise 25” open-Internet pioneers.

 

For more information about Salam@, please write us at: [email protected]