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Season 3 Episode 12: #Tech4Rights: Violence against women and girls online

In conversation with Ms Amanda Manyame

The annual campaign spearheaded by the Centre for Human RightsUniversity of Pretoria is #Tech4Rights: Rethinking a human rights-based approach to new technologies in Africa. The #Tech4Rights campaign focuses on the impact of new technologies on different aspects of human interaction and the impact of technology on human rights. This campaign has a series of activities that look into technology in various specific areas.

In light of the annual campaign of the Centre, this episode discusses online violence against women with Ms Amanda Manyame from Equality Now. Ms Amanda Manyame is Equality Now's Digital Law and Rights Consultant. Amanda works at the intersection of technology and law and provides legal and technical expertise around Equality Now's programme to end online sexual exploitation and abuse. She discusses the different forms of online violence against women and girls and why online violence against women and girls should be taken seriously. She proffers various recommendations on what individuals, governments and relevant stakeholders can do to stop online violence against women and girls.

Equality Now is an international human rights organisation with the mission to achieve legal and systemic change that addresses violence and discrimination against all women and girls around the world. Founded in 1992, Equality Now is a global organisation with partners and members in every region. Ending sexual violence, ending sex trafficking, ending harmful practices and achieving legal equality are the main areas of Equality Now’s work.
Equality Now has undertaken legal research aimed at understanding what laws currently exist, gaps and opportunities to address online sexual exploitation and abuse with a particular focus on adolescent girls and women. The upcoming report focuses on the laws that apply globally, in the EU as well as nationally, in India, the UK, USA, Kenya, and Nigeria.

 This conversation was recorded on 25 August 2021.


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