East Africa

Women and cybercrime in Kenya: the dark side of ICTS (Working document)

Kateřina Fialová on 20 Jul 2010
This study was commissioned by KICTANET as part of the GRACE Project, and supported by the International Development and Research Center (IDRC). It documents cybercrime against women in Kenya and by extrapolation the East African Community Member states. For example the study examines the type and quantity of prevalent cybercrime against women or how does cyber crime affect women differently. The general objective of this study is to contribute to development of cyber security legislation in Kenya in order to provide a secure safe space, for women to exercise their right to communicate without fear of abuse, harassment, and violence. It is targeted primarily to the government/governmental agencies, international organisations, women organisations and media.

Uganda: Violence against Women and Information Communication Technologies

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
Aramanzan Madanda, Berna Ngolobe and Goretti Zavuga Amuriat look at how ICTs have been used to help provide spaces for women and sexual minorities. Sexual minorities have a presence on the internet to articulate concerns of members and raise awareness. Women’s mobile phone use is controlled by their husbands, who either give or withold permission to use and dictate when and how. Some women have acquired two SIM cards to forestall domestic violence. The authors view this as a sign of women’s empowerment as telephones provide a means through which to break male control by opening contacts to the outside world.

Report on Engendering the ICT Policy Process in Uganda

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
The findings of this research indicates there were attempts to identify and eliminate gender disparities in access and use of ICT within the Uganda national ICT policy development process. However clear-cut gender incorporation strategy was missing, and the ICT policy process was largely dominated by men. This The report includes a set of recommendations how to further enhance gender equality within ICT policy process for policy makers and gender advocates.
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