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Photo taken by Ingrid Brudvig
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The Great Threat to Women's Rights Online: Reflections from World press Freedom Day

During the Global Conference marking the World Press Freedom Day 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, GDL Members and other experts discussed the high number of incidences of online violence against women. Studies estimate that around 23 % of women have experienced online abuse on at least one occasion.

GDL Members Elizabeth Maloba and Patrick Mpedzisi gave an interactive workshop on the safety of women journalists online with the aim to identify potential solutions to fight online harassment.

Read reflections on the conference and proposals for reducing cases of online harassment of women by Ingrid Brudvig, Gender Policy Manager at Web Foundation, here.

Published on July 3, 2019.

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Elizabeth Maloba

Elizabeth has twenty years’ experience in addressing complex challenges. She works in cross-sectoral, trans-professional, multi-stakeholder settings, providing support in problem solving and decision making processes and facilitating learning and the exchange of ideas and information. She has extensive experience in international cooperation, development cooperation, and private sector development.

Elizabeth is active in cross-cultural groups, from grassroots level to global platforms, assisting in the professional development of leaders and the formation of, teams, policies, strategies, plans, and business models that contribute to addressing development challenges. She brings skills in capacity building, knowledge management, facilitation, conflict resolution and management, as well as experience as an entrepreneur gained through a wide variety of assignments. She lives in Nairobi, works across the world, and speaks English, Swahili, German and French.

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Find out more about her engagement here and in this interview. Furthermore, Elizabeth reflected on inclusion here.

Patrick Mpedzisi

Patrick Mpedzisi is an organisational development consultant with over 15 years’ experience in the NGO sector in Africa. During this time he opened various processes for CSOs in Africa to engage in regional processes. He has managed major CSO initiatives, led regional campaigns and built civil society capacities across the continent. He now focuses on building NGOs’ capacities to be more effective in their sustainability and resource mobilisation.

A lawyer by profession, he also founded Mitupo.org, a platform for restoring, preserving and celebrating African culture and identity and promoting ownership of the evolution of culture. Prior to that, he coordinated the African Democracy Forum, was project coordinator at Southern Africa Trust and led the African Youth Parliament, among other roles. He also co-authored a paper on South African foreign policy and regional integration.

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You can read more about his engagement here and about his reflections on inclusion in this interview.

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