Join Us: Women and Girls Speak Up and Stay Safe: Media and Mobiles Event

Digital technology and social media have given people all over the world ways to make their voices heard, and they’ve also sparked countless meaningful conversations and interactions. However, these platforms, although well intended, do not always lead positive communication. They have unfortunately opened the door for cyberbullying and online harassment, especially targeted at women and girls.

On Tuesday, June 6th, we will host a panel with Internews, in partnership with Technology Salon NYC, to explore the safety and security of women on media platforms. The conversation will focus on how we can empower women and girls with technology, while at the same time ensuring they remain protected. During the discussion, we will explore ideas and questions such as:

  • What are some of the barriers to online expression that girls and women face in different contexts? What strategies and tactics are they using to overcome these barriers?
  • How can media organizations purposefully support safe, dynamic and relevant spaces for girls and women to speak up and speak out? What are the benefits, challenges, and implications of doing so?
  • Are there times when stronger women and girls’ participation generates greater media engagement and revenue? How can we build on this while balancing the desire for increased numbers with gender parity, political and/or development goals?
  • Should we be engaging men and boys in this conversation? How and why (or why not)?

Several incredible social impact leaders and journalists will join me on this panel:

  • Emily May, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Hollaback!
  • Khwezi Magwaza, Content Lead, Springster
  • Kat Duffy, Vice President, Global Technology Programs, Internews
  • Solange Nyamulisa, Journalist, Voice of America
  • Alli Maloney, Teen Vogue, News and Politics Editor

Empowering women and girls through technology is a core area of focus in our work at the Vodafone Americas Foundation. Through partnerships with organizations like Internews, Girls Who Code and Technovation, we are working to promote women in technology, with opportunities for mentoring and education, in order to help make a difference in the global community.

Please join the conversation on Tuesday, June 6th at 9am in New York City. Additional details and RSVP for the event