On 2nd September 2022, KICTANet conducted a digital security training for active women in politics. The training is part of the DW Akademie women@web regional project with partners across 4 East African Countries.
Thirty-one women, who had vied for various political posts, benefited from this training. They were taken through cybersecurity modules with regards to online campaigning. The training covered topics such as; the basic understanding of technology, password management and handling online trolls.
In her opening remarks, Ms Githaiga, KICTANet Convenor, indicated that the initiative comes as part of the KICTANet\’s Policy Advocacy pillar aimed at building women\’s leadership capacity when using digital tools. \”Let our end goal be to ensure that women can continue to be politically active online, safely and meaningfully.\” Said Ms Grace Githaiga.
Angela Minayo, Program Officer-KICTANet Women\’s Digital Rights, emphasized that for women to participate in politics meaningfully, \”We believe digital security skills are vital for them to campaign online while keeping safe.\”
The women leaders expressed their gratitude to KICTANet for the support and skills gained and promised to undertake with all seriousness to realize their political career goals.
The women@web project was established in 2018 with organizational partners from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, and is supported by the DW akademie. Under this program, KICTANet has conducted digital security and content creation trainings for women in politics, activism, and in college. The trainings aim to support women to be active on online spaces through capacity-building, activism and policy advocacy.