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16 Days of Activism 2020

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

For 16 Days of Activism 2020, DefendDefenders collaborated with AfricanDefenders, Encrypt Uganda, Women of Uganda Network, Digital Literacy Initiative, and Digital Human Rights Lab. For 16 days, we shared stories of victims of online gender-based violence (GBV) on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram under the hashtag #SayNoToOnlineGBV. On the final day, we shared interviews with Women Human Rights Defenders fighting online GBV (see campaign contents below).

In a policy paper, written in the context of this campaign, we assessed women’s safety in the digital space in Uganda and made recommendations to the Ugandan government, to international actors, and to civil society.

We ended our campaign on 10 December, Human Rights Day, with a digital safety workshop for victims of online GBV in Kampala, Uganda, to increase the offline impact of the campaign.

Online campaign

Interviews with stakeholders

Non-consensual intimate images

Cyber bullying

Online sexual harassment

Doxing

Cyber stalking

Impersonation

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Human Rights Defender of the month: Pamela Angwench Judith

For most of her life, Pamela Angwech’s existence has always been a defiant and simultaneous act of survival and resistance. In 1976 when she was born, the anti-Amin movement was gathering pace, and her family was one of the earliest victims of the then dictatorship’s reprisals in Northern Uganda. Her father, a passionate educationist in Kitgum district was one of the most vocal critics of the dictatorship’s human rights excesses, which made him an obvious target of the state’s marauding vigilantes.

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