Introducing Myself

Daisy Onkoba
Posted September 24, 2015 from Kenya

Digital empowerment is the way to go at this error. The world has been converted into a global village due to advancement in technology. Today traditional form of communication is diminishing slowly, people have gone digital starting with education, business, conference, health and so on; so why will I like to remain analogue while other are advancing? Research has shown countries which embrace technology have performed well in their economy so personally I would advocate digital empowerment for women in our society and country as a whole. I came to learn the world pulse when I was so thirsty and looking for trainings and courses that talks about issues of women globally online. I felt I was lacking something and I thought that if I can get a platform to share my thought, be inspired and motivated, I can also transform somebody is life through positive stories and that’s how I joined it. On this article, I would like to share the status of Kenya in Violence against women and women empowerment. Personally i do agree with the say that “If you educate a woman, you educate the whole society “so telling positive stories and motivate women to come up with the initiative, be independent and know their rights is the important factor. Of late in Kenya, we have witness an increase of cases of Gender based violence; both physical and technological violence. Study has shown that there has been a big shift from physical violence to technological where woman are the victim. But why is this happening? The constitution of Kenya has no clear laws that touches on Technological Violence against women (Tech VAW) and that’s why the culprits are taking the advantage. Many women are shy to share the abuse they have received from social media platform hence most of them have undergone psychological tremor and end up quitting from using social media platforms. So my appeal is to encourage my fellow women who have been the victim of Tech VAW abuse to be strong, seek justice, learn to be safe online, lobby the law maker to come up the Tech VAW laws, sensitize the women about their right, sensitize the law makers on importance of Tech VAW cases and how to handle them and have posters on every police station that not only educate the society but also inform them that abusing a person on social media platform is a crime; be it hacking somebody’s account, posting nude photos, or any other offense that interfere with somebody’s privacy.

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nsahmala
Sep 28, 2015
Sep 28, 2015

Hello Daisy Obare!

It is soul-uplifting to read from you. This present posts of yours has even motivated me to read your story of last week where I have been inspired by your saying that honestly begins when we remain our true selves.

This present post reveals you as a leader who is constantly abreast with the changing tides of the present world. The world is really and inevitably becoming global and digital and consequently the spheres of violence and crimes against women and other vulnerable persons are increasing. And the best way to fight the digital abuses that our women face is to go digital as an advocate and that is exactly what you have chosen to do by joining world pulse. Your stories, like this one, are already reminding people of new or techno forms of violence against women. Ignorance, you know, is deadly. So, the more you help get women to know their rights and men to know they SHOULD NOT abuse women whether physically or digitally is a milestone towards leveling gender fields.

I must confess that even here in Cameroon women also suffer from Techno VAW and I am convinced women from this end who read your stories will improve things. So remember Cameroon too in your campaigns and rest assured of my support.

Thanks for the great job.

Nsah Mala Cameroon

JohannaEM
Sep 28, 2015
Sep 28, 2015

Dear Daisy Obare,

Your introduction is really interesting and moving. To be honest, I was not aware of the shift from physical to technological violence against women. I am really glad I got to read your post, since this is such an important issue. As you are writing, women who are victims of Tech VAW quit using technologies and social media, but that can absolutely not be the solution. The work you are doing is so important. Informing women about their rights, bringing the topic of Tech VAW to the public, sensitizing law makers, and educating the society.

Digital empowerment for women is so important, and it can only happen in a safe environment where women are protected from violence. Thank you for sharing this! I hope I can read more about your work!

Warmly,

Johanna

Emily V
Sep 29, 2015
Sep 29, 2015

Hi Daisy Obare, thank you so much for your thoughts on one of the most pressing issues of this day and age!  You have an insight into a very important issue for women worldwide.  Technology and the information age have a lot to offer in terms of development and empowerment, but they are also something we all need to be fully aware of, in terms of the reality of coercion and abuse that can occur.  Thanks for your views the subject, I didn't realize this was an issue currently in Kenya.

-Emily

Jewels5484
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Dear Daisy Obare,

Violence against women on social media is an immediate and very real problem. As you pointed out, laws have not kept up with the changing technologies and there is very little legal protection. We are facing the same problem in the U.S. with online bullying and psychological trauma. You are not alone. I think you have the right objective to teach women their rights and to tell society that abusing someone online is a crime.

You have come to the right place with World Pulse. I hope to read more of your journal entries as you progress through this journey.

~Julie

Daisy Onkoba
Oct 07, 2015
Oct 07, 2015

Hi Julie,

Thanks a lot for your observation.Indeed Technology based violence against women is a global problem and it needs more attention. if we can form a movement to protect our women from Tech VAW cases and make them to embrace Technology it will be a good step for the world.Kindly lets come together and make a change.

Warm Regards

Daisy

Daisy Onkoba
Oct 07, 2015
Oct 07, 2015

Dear Kenneth Toah Nsah and Emily,am so humbled with your remarks.Thank you for being so positive to my articles and i believe change begins with us. Regards  Daisy