Koliwe Majama is a Zimbabwean journalist and media rights activist with over 15 years experience. She holds a diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Harare Polytechnic College and acquired a BSc in Media and Society Studies at the Midlands State University. Koliwe has worked both as a print and broadcast journalist and contributed significantly to the development of community media in Zimbabwe. In her current position, as Programme Officer at the Media Institute of Southern Africa’s Zimbabwe Chapter and alumni of the African School of Internet Governance, Koliwe is prominently involved in Zimbabwe’s with internet governance processes through research, multi-stakeholder engagement, regional & global networking and thought leadership.
Politicians, journalists and other women with public profiles face a substantial share of online harassment, bullying and violence. In this article, Koliwe Majama shows how in the context of the Zimbabwean elections, even as the internet brings the public closer to politicians, it opens up new avenues for discrediting them and their work, and reveals the patriarchal misogyny that underlies...