Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Workshop: ICT And Cyber Violence Against Women

Information Communication Technologies (ICT) is a double-edged sword. Whilst ICT has created unlimited opportunities in social networking and business, at the same time abuse of the Internet and mobile phone has brought new forms of bullying and harassment against women. ICT has become the ideal platform to publish indecent information to exploit, embarrass and harm women. This violence against women which includes cyber harassment and defamation threatens the privacy and security of women which is taking on alarming proportions by the day.

In January 2011, Lina Soo in collaboration with Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor organized a women’s workshop in Kuching to create awareness of the threats and threats of ICT and to strengthen strategic use of ICT to combat this burgeoning problem. Practical skills on social networking applications such as Facebook, Twitter and Blogger formed part of the programme to empower the women participants to create safe digital spaces that protect every woman’s right to participate freely, without harassment or threat to safety.

There is a need for women to work together to alert our governments to develop effective regulation and policies to ensure the privacy, security and safety of women in ICT.



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