What is Safe Sister?

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Safe Sister: The East African Women’s Digital Safety Fellowship is a program for tech-savvy women working in the human rights and media movement in Eastern Africa. Through a combination of self-study, tool practice, mentorship, workshops, peer sharing, and small grants, this cohort of technologists will join forces to take on today’s digital challenges of women human rights defenders.

It’s hard enough being a human rights defender without having to worry about our technology betraying us. It’s not possible to expect everybody to keep up with the steps necessary to avoid viruses, loss of important files, spying, hacking, blackmail, account hijacking, and other unfun digital emergencies. On top of that, women human rights defenders especially face cyber-harassment and bullying online. East Africa needs a league of women technologists working within civil society who can dispense appropriate advice and support for people facing these high-tech challenges. And that’s exactly what we hope to create with Safe Sister!

Meet Aisha

Aisha is a woman living and working in Sub-Saharan Africa. She loves to chat with her friends and sends them funny GIFs that she finds on the internet. She also has to send weekly reports via email to her supervisor. Does this sound familiar?

We use the internet for a lot of things. The online environment is part of our lives. We post on social media sites, do internet searches and send emails, but as we do these things our personal information is left behind.

Join Aisha as she learns simple tips to keep safe online. Click here to download the Safe Sister common sense guide to digital safety for women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa

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