Online violence against women has become an issue of great concern in Namibia with revenge porn being an emerging trend amongst others. Hence there was a need to raise awareness, especially during the Women’s month of march but also highlight the human rights aspect of the Internet. In collaboration with the Namibia Women in Computing, ISOC Namibia organized this panel discussion, which amongst others highlighted legislation and legal instrument in curbing online violence but also to create local partnerships and sound a local call to speak out against online violence in general in the country. The panel included Ms Sabine Witting of UNICEF, Ms Emilia Nghikembua of the ICT Regulatory Authority, Ms Meunajo Tjiroze from the Office of the First Lady as well as the Dean of the Faculty of Computing & Informatics at NUS Dr Anicia Peters.
Interactions from this panel discussion, revealed a deeper need to continue advocacy on the safety of women and children online – which are global best practices on Internet Governance. The chapter seeks to continue engagement and further discussions with other stakeholders, on the extent and kinds of violence and identify ways to fill the existing gaps, as well as formulate strategies to deal with online violence.
Event: Online Violence Against Women Panel Discussion 2018
Date: 24 March 2018