Utilizing Digital Platforms to Advocate for Young Women Rights
Badili Africa, supported by Hanns Seidel Foundation, has been working with young women from universities in Kenya to explore their engagement on digital platforms to advocate for their rights, demand inclusion in decision-making processes, and carry out the civic engagement.
This was triggered by an online study carried out by Badili Africa. According to a report published by Badili Africa (Attach link), an analysis of their online political engagement indicated that 52% of men are more likely to be online than women in developing countries. One out of five girls has cut down on social media because of online harassment thus 76% had experienced some form of online harassment or knew someone who has been harassed, yet the majority remained silent. The report also revealed the attacks are common on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Snap chat with Twitter and Facebook being flagged as being notorious for online harassment.
Badili Africa, we recognize that women’s meaningful engagement in decision-making processes requires more than just legal entitlements and quotas. It also requires building their capabilities, institutions, and social structures to enable their actual influence. That’s why we’ve been hosting a series of capacity-strengthening workshops with a cohort of 25 young women from various institutions of higher learning in Nairobi.
Our workshops aimed to explore the young women’s engagement on digital platforms to advocate for their rights, demand inclusion in decision-making processes, and carry out the civic engagement. From the workshops there was a change in skills and knowledge and commitment from young women can develop quality content to ensure young women have a voice. At the end of the implementation period, the young women were trained on how to pitch their ideas to possible stakeholders/donors which shall serve as a call to action on dispensing their knowledge in their areas of influence and beyond.