Combatting Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence in Ethiopia-በቴክኖሎጂ ድጋፍ የሚቃጡ ፆታን መሰረት ያደረጉ ጥቃቶች እና ትንኮሳዎችን መከላከል

We are proud to announce EHRDC will be hosting a conference and exhibition in collaboration with the Ethiopian Women Human Rights Defenders Network and the Center for Information Resilience (CIR). This event, scheduled for March 9, 2024, is dedicated to addressing the alarming rise of Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence (TFGBV) in Ethiopia.

In recent years, the widespread use of technology has brought unprecedented opportunities for connectivity and empowerment. However, it has also introduced new avenues for gender-based violence, particularly against women and women human rights defenders. From online harassment and cyberstalking to the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, TFGBV poses a significant threat to the safety, dignity, and rights of individuals and human rights defenders in digital spaces.

As part of our commitment to combatting TFGBV, the conference will feature:

  1. Research Launching by The Center for Information Resilience (CIR): CIR will present groundbreaking research on TFGBV in Ethiopia, shedding light on its prevalence, impact, and underlying dynamics. This research serves as a crucial foundation for understanding the scope of the problem and developing targeted interventions.
  2. Panel Discussion with Local Experts: A diverse panel of local experts, including women human rights defenders, digital rights activists, and social media influencers, will engage in a thought-provoking discussion on TFGBV. Through their insights and experiences, we aim to foster a deeper understanding of the multifaceted nature of TFGBV and explore effective strategies for prevention and response.
  3. Call for Action: We will issue a resounding call for action, urging government institutions, civil society organizations, social media companies, and the general public to prioritize the fight against TFGBV. Together, we must recognize TFGBV as a pressing human rights issue and work collaboratively to develop comprehensive solutions that protect and empower all individuals, regardless of gender.

At EHRDC, we are committed to continuing our collaboration with CIR in their ongoing project to:

  • Strengthen the evidence base on TFGBV in Ethiopia.
  • Raise awareness among government institutions, civil society organizations, and the public.
  • Empower stakeholders with practical recommendations for addressing TFGBV effectively.

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