HER Internet is proud to be a part of the first LBQ Loose Network in Uganda. This network was formed for all LBQ womxn around Uganda to come together and discuss the issues that affect us as a movement. It is a unique space that allows us to share with our key constituencies knowledge on digital literacy and security.
Starting out as a partnership with a civic tech organisation- Policy, HER Internet’s DigiSec Dialogues have brought together artists, journalists and activists to discuss digital security and digital literacy. We delved into topics like Unlocking Algorithms; Misinformation, Disinformation and Trolling; Personal and Professional Branding; and Protecting your content online.
For Womxn’s Day 2020, we held a safe space for minority womxn to discuss circumstances that enable gender inequalities to persist in online usage and spaces. We tackled themes of patriarchy, misogyny, cyber security laws and enactment in Uganda in relation to minority womxn.
On 11 May 2021, HER Internet hosted a dialogue on Surveillance and security to unpack what digital safety and security look like in this age of digital surveillance. The Internet excels at the job of quickly sharing things with others while on the other hand, keeping private information safe and secure online is a challenging task, doubly so for Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer womxn and female sex workers in particular. This dialogue therefore created space for much needed discourse on what the womxn present understand surveillance to mean and what their different and various vulnerabilities are; in comparison to the security skills, tools and information available to them.
On 7th July 2021, HER Internet hosted a dialogue on “Finding Community amidst the pandemic and Internet restrictions”. The aim of the dialogue was to inspire creativity, self care, well-being and connectedness while using the internet and other ICTs during the pandemic. This dialogue therefore created space for the community LBQ women to share on the different ways they are living and trying to cope up with during the second lockdown
HER Internet ran an anti-cyberbullying campaign for several weeks from June to August 2021. The ‘CyberbullyingEndsNow! #NotTodayBully’ campaign involved awareness raising activities online such as information dissemination using creative infographics and posters via all our social media platforms. It was within the above context that HER Internet held a dialogue on 12th/oct/2021 titled Cyber bullying defined. It’s objective was to build and deepen awareness on bullying in the digital era especially with communities of LBQ womxn. The space also fostered conversations on the CyberbullyingEndsNow #nottodaybully online campaign that we ran from June to August.
HER Internet ran an online campaign under the hashtags CyberBullyingEndsNow #nottodaybully and #HERONLINESAFETY. This campaign ran across all our social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during the months of June, July and August 2021. Stop Cyberbullying Day is recognized every 3rd Friday of the month of June each year to celebrate and promote a truly diverse and inclusive online environment. We used this as the foundation for the CyberBullyingEndsNow online campaign. This anti-cyberbullying campaign involved awareness raising on what cyberbullying looks like, as well as tips and possible ways of how to deal with cyberbullying.
HER Internet hosted the launch of the animation videos on Decoding Online Violence which showed some of the many forms of violence LBQ womxn and FSW face on online spaces. These videos depict objective representations of what online violence is, how it manifests and some of the factors at play as in experiences of Violence against Womxn unique to lesbians, bisexual and queer womxn; and female sex workers. HER Internet hopes to contribute to attitude change in society regarding (online) violence against these specific communities of womxn with the help of the messages carried by these resources and materials. Each participant was provided with the IC material produced (handbook, brochure, stickers and a flash disk with the animated videos and soft copies of all resources produced throughout the entire project.) and encouraged to share them widely. The lively conversations at the end of the launch with various participants showed a need.
Our third video reveals how Shane “Outs” her friend Maddie because of a small disagreement they had. In our research report, respondents shared about failing offline relationships being one of the causes of online violence from people they know; friends, family, ex-lovers, neighbours or work colleagues. The risk of one’s private information being exposed this way is a constant threat. We share some important tips to help you cope with being Outed on social media, something commonly faced by members of the LGBTI community. CyberBullyingEndsNow #nottodaybully #heronlinesafety
The second animated video was on “Threats of Violence” portrayed by Pam, who is a single mom. In our research report, for Female Sex Workers, the threats range from rape, denial of parenting rights to death threats too. These threats are usually from private messages but could also appear in posts on public platforms, either through texts and/or calls. Perpetrators usually threaten to expose FSW for the work they do; or LBQ womxn – for their sexual orientation and gender expression.
CyberBullyingEndsNow #nottodaybully #heronlinesafety