I am Generation Equality: Kathy Gitau, tech-violence student activist
Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality.
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
How to tackle with tech-violence:
- Learn more about cyber security and tech assisted violence
- Safeguard your personal information on social media and the internet
- Avoid/ remove yourself from unhealthy online conversations
Men and boys need to be part of the conversation. When they come on board, and say “yes we are men and we support women’s rights, it gives women an upper hand to be able to feel like they have a louder voice"
I am Generation Equality because…
Having witnessed violence first-hand, it made me obsessed with fighting for this conversation [on equality]. I witnessed my mum suffer violence and its always made me feel bad – being discriminated because she is a woman. Growing up didn’t get any simpler - I wanted to become Vice-President of the Student Union in Maseno University. But as a woman you are told you need to do this and that, sleep around with men to get favours and such things – it makes you lose focus. It makes you think ‘let’s call it quits.’ I don’t want anyone to suffer the same things I have.
Tech-based violence: the latest threat to women and girls
Technology based violence is violence and discrimination propagated through technology such as cyber bullying and cyber-attacks. People can hide behind pseudo accounts and names. This problem has become global because everyone is connected by technology and the audience is everywhere. I think it has been a growing problem over the years due to the existing threats faced by women and an idea that they are the weaker sex.
Finding a voice
I think the major issues for women in Kenya are employment opportunities and political positions. Previously they’ve been put out for men and many women feel they do not stand a chance to get to that point. Also, many female students have lacked a voice, so we need champions for these issues. Without a voice, you’re even more vulnerable to suffer from discrimination.
Men and boys need to be part of the conversation. When they come on board, and say “yes we are men and we support women’s rights, it gives women an upper hand to be able to feel like they have a louder voice. When they support events and activities, they become part of the solution.
“...many female students have lacked a voice..."