Girl Child Network Uganda (GCN) is launching the Social Media Ambassadors Program with the objective of helping young girls understand how they can leverage social media in raising their issues while creating prevention strategies for young girls to protect themselves from any form of cyber harassment and develop cyber-risk management strategies so as to foster better digital experiences. There will be 2 cohorts of 15 girls each. These Ambassadors will represent schools in various districts in Uganda.
The Ambassadors will receive training and mentorship form GCN and its partners and they will go and lead initiatives in their own school clubs to create the effect of mentoring more students. The objective of this project is to ensure that over 1,000 girls in the school clubs understand the basic principles of digital technology and have the ability to run campaigns and prevent or respond to digital attacks/incidents.
Funds raised will cover the following costs:
- Equipment (tabs & laptops)
- Training costs
- Transport for girls during mentorship period
Statement of Need
While internet is taking over the world, the education dynamic is changing as well. Students are now being advanced to the use of computers, phones and tabs to learn, which means now they have more access to the internet than ever before. However, this means having to deal with all the exposure that comes with the internet e.g. revenge pornography, over sharing of personal information, hacking, cyber-attacks and bullying. And yet schools have limited control over what students are doing on the internet, which makes it important to sensitize the girls about the rightful use of the internet. Digital safety protection is better than having to deal with the outcomes of these digital challenges.
Our target in this case would therefore be the girls in the empowerment clubs and the teachers/club patrons that run the club on behalf of GCN. Reason being there is a new trend of violence which is online that targets mainly girls and women. Many young girls and women have been frequently subjected to sexual harassment, revenge pornography, and hate speech among others and yet there are no clear laws to protect them from such which means their safety solely lies in their hands. This program will build up on an incubation activity GCN implemented with support from DefendDefenders' Safe Sisters program.