Kenya: Exploring technology-related violence against women

12 January 2016

This is the sixth in a series of mini editions highlighting the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project. Each edition focuses on one country in which the research was conducted, and brings together major findings, and interviews with the research teams. Drawing on four documented case studies, the Kenya research documents the local characteristics of online violence against women, including an exploration of the policy and political background of the situation around technology-related violence. In the research some interesting themes/trends were picked up and some valuable recommendations were made.

Conversations with the research team
From unawareness to women coming forward when under attack: Technology-related violence against women in Kenya
Kenya was one of seven countries covered under the Association for Progressive Communications’ End violence: Women’s rights and safety online research project. Here, GenderIT.org writer Tarryn Booysen speaks to the research team, giving us a closer look into the findings.

Kenya country report
Technology-related violence against women in Kenya
This report emerges from research carried out in Kenya between November 2013 and April 2014 by The International Association of Women in Radio and Television-Kenya and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) as part of a multi-country project entitled “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online”. Throughout the documentation of four cases of technology-related violence in Kenya, social media – particularly Facebook – appeared to be the most common platform used by abusers. In the four cases under study, three of them reported violations committed through Facebook to implicate and intimidate the victims. In the other case, SMS was used to also intimidate and harass the victim/survivor.

Case studies

When domestic violence enters the digital era

When password theft turns into domestic violence

When a stolen photograph leads to threats of violence

Violence against women on the campaign trail

For more information about the multi-country research visit the research site

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