Fighting Violence using Social Media Networking Platforms

Adanna
Posted June 12, 2016 from Nigeria

"Keep quiet!" One of the elders shouted

"Why?" Obiageli asked

"Because in our culture and according to the traditions of our land, a woman is not allowed to speak in the midst of elders", one of the elders replied

Shocked from what she just heard, Obiageli composed herself and asked again "So, how do I defend myself if I am not allowed to speak?"

The elders simply laughed at her and said, “let us see who will listen to you!”.

Obiageli was tired of being asked to keep quiet. On several occasions, she has complained to the elders in her husband's village about the way she was being treated by her in-laws but no one did anything about it. Obiageli decided to share her problem and seek solution through a social media networking platform. Within an hour, she received 20 messages.

Social media allows people to create, share and exchange information, career interests, ideas, pictures and videos. Social media networking platforms have not only connected so many people, but also has enabled so many voices to be heard and has helped many women speak up against all forms of violence and abuse.

Social networking platforms have connected many girls and women with communities of advocates against violence. Many women who were unable to speak in the past about their horrible experiences are gradually opening up thanks to social media. Today, a woman in a remote village can tweet a message and it gets to reach millions of people around the world.

Speaking out about the importance of educating and empowering young girls and women with digital empowerment skills just like World Pulse is doing cannot be overemphasized. Women need to understand their rights and be able to access services that can help protect them from violence. With social media networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc., women can notify key support people and organizations if they are at risk of violence.

So many people get away with violence and abuse because their victims do not have sufficient evidence. It is heartwarming to know that many countries are gradually putting in place laws to help end violence against women and girls. Also various organizations are supporting projects to help end violence against women and protect the rights of girls and women. Indeed, many women are no longer afraid to speak up.

Access to mobile phone is very important and is very helpful in documenting evidence to all forms of violence against women both in public and private. Campaigns such as UNiTE to End Violence against Women are encouraging and helping to create more awareness on the need for people to take action against violence against girls and women. Activities such as “Hackathons” also aim to build technology solutions to prevent violence against women and girls, assist survivors and assist the agencies that work to support them. Daily, lots of women are fighting violence and abuse by simply using their phones and telling their story through social media networking platforms. Many survivors of violence today are ‘lucky” to be alive because an organization or an individual picked up their story through social media.

The internet and mobile technologies are also providing platforms to build technology solutions that can assist and aid survivors as well as prevent and end violence against women and girls. Women are encouraged to learn more about mobile technologies and the internet; not just for social networking or economic empowerment but also to understand that social media is a great tool for their voices to be heard all over the world no matter their location.

Using social networking media platforms, many women are connecting, informing and collecting evidence to end violence against women as well as increasing access to justice for survivors of domestic, sexual and all other forms of violence.

This post was submitted in response to Speaking Out for Change.

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RIZIKI BADERHEKUGUMA
Jun 13, 2016
Jun 13, 2016

Je remercie le Social Media networking plantforms pour son courage de toujours défendre les femmes et de lutter contre toutes formes des violences, des blessures intérieures faites à la femme. J'invite la femme de continuer à lutter avec toutes ses forces jusqu'à ce que le droit de la femme ne soient plus violés ni bafoués.

Je vous remercie.

Adanna
Jun 13, 2016
Jun 13, 2016

Oui Riziki , nous allons continuer à lutter jusqu'à ce que les droits des femmes ne sont plus violés et maltraités.  

Ese Ajuyah
Jun 13, 2016
Jun 13, 2016

Dear Adanna,

We can never underestimate the power of social media in addressing social ills and injustice especially those against women. Your story reinstates the relevance and advantage of social media raising awareness as well as generating response on violence against women. Thank you for your story.

Ese

Adanna
Jun 13, 2016
Jun 13, 2016

Dear Ese,

Yes, I totally agree. With social media, many voices will be heard especially on social ills and injustice against women. 

Have a great week!

leila Kigha
Jun 13, 2016
Jun 13, 2016

Speak out!

thank you Adanna for this brilliant write up!

it all begins there. when as women we can take up the courage to use the platforms available to speak out against all the ills and injustices!

many women especially in our grass root need to make the most out of al these platforms. to me it is more of an effective means of personal communication;where you can authentically share your story and reach out to those in similar situations, who maybe for one reason or another could not. The personal touch of your story and the 'real" nature of your story captivates!

that is what world pulse has been doing, weaving a web of women with voices around the world!

thank you for reminding us!

Adanna
Jun 13, 2016
Jun 13, 2016

Dear Kariz,

Thank you!. You made a very important point on " many women especially in our grass root need to make the most out of all these platforms". 

By sharing our stories, people especially women in similar situations might find the courage to reach out.

United We Stand!

Gladys Muthara
Jun 14, 2016
Jun 14, 2016

Thank you Adanna for emphasizing this! Social media is crucial in helping end violence against women and girls. The need for us to equip women and girls with digital empowerment skills can never ever be over-emphasized.

Adanna
Jun 15, 2016
Jun 15, 2016

Dear Gladys,

I agree!...Digital Empowerment Skills training is very important in this century.

echo demitrez
Jun 17, 2016
Jun 17, 2016

Hi  Adanna, 

I agree social media has become a powerful media ever since the number of people who started using it has increased. People are getting connected globally, they share valuable  thoughts online, this is the moment of empowerment of women as well. Kudos to online renaissance!

Love * Peace, 

Echo Demitrez prays for you!

Adanna
Jun 17, 2016
Jun 17, 2016

Dear Echo Demitrez,

That's right! People are getting connected globally through social media as well as sharing valuable thoughts online.

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Dana Anderson
Jun 20, 2016
Jun 20, 2016

Dear Adanna, 

Thank you for reminding us all of the importance of the technology in our lives today. This is truly a blessing, that we can take advantage of these tools to speak out and connect in new and exciting ways. From friendships, to petitions, to evidence of violence, our social media tools allow us all to shine light on the achievements and challenges faced by women. Great job highlighting this crucial tool!

~Dana 

Adanna
Jun 21, 2016
Jun 21, 2016

Dear Dana,

The importance of technology cannot be over emphasized. More women need to take advantage of it.

Your name sounds similar to mine when pronounced :)