ADVANCING ADVOCACY ON GENDER BASED VIOLENCE ONLINE

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FifAfrica panel on gender based violence; Dr. Letshwiti Tutwane, Dora Mawutor, Martha Chilongoshi, Yunusa Ya’u and Josephine Karungi

The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2018 that took place in Accra, Ghana provided an opportunity for various stakeholders to probe how some social norms, including language, culture, and religion are fuelling and increasingly normalising gender-based violence and hate speech especially against women online.

As is often the case, when gender based violence conversations come up in any fora, the first admission is always that women and girls are the most affected group. This is largely due to the inequalities that exist in society where women are perceived and treated as inferior to men and confined to the role of “helper” while the men are automatically assumed as “leaders”

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