The accessibility and convenience of computers, smart-phones, PDA’s and other hand-held devices are unprecedented. As such the Internet has become the number one virtual platform of communication, as its provides a quick and easy reference tools with regards to online community, mobile/Internet banking, social media platforms and other digital platforms for information sharing, these technologies have also become a weapon against women and girls coupled with the existing pandemic of violence against them.
Women and Girls are subjected to various forms of gender-based cyber violence. This violence refers to online behaviour targeting women and girls, intended to intimidate, to coerce, or to cause fear, anxiety, humiliation and extreme emotional distress, which includes but not limited to, cyber stalking, non-consensual pornography (or ‘revenge porn’), distributing child pornography, electronic-enabled human trafficking, Identity theft, fraud ‘financial crimes’, gender-based slurs and harassment, unsolicited pornography,
‘sextortion’, rape and death threats.
The digital economy is developing at lightning speed, and with it a new challenge has appeared, along with the economic and strategic stakes that go with it: this new danger is cybercrime.
According to the United Nations, cybercrime covers any illegal behavior directed by means of electronic operations that targets the security of computer systems and the data processed by them.
It goes without saying that the phenomenon goes far beyond the common scams perpetrated through emails – the famous Nigerian “419” scam.
Cyber Wo-fare is a one (1) year National Empowerment Programs that’ll be executed in all the 36 states of Nigeria for Women and Girls on Cyber security via aided technologies, processes, and best practice designed to protect/ mitigate cyber-attacks on Women and Girls. Cyber Wo-fare is a starting point for security awareness, designed to help women and girls develop better cyber hygiene; to identify and react to threats. Then, take a deeper dive into the risks of data breach and security backdoors.
Women and girls are vulnerable to cyber-attacks, and they’ve fallen victim to one type or more of digital hijacking. Cybercrime is not just a concern for technology enthusiast or organizations; women and girls need to know what to look for and how to handle it.
This empowerment programs will offer us the opportunity to lead our cyber security experts to provide educational training women and girls in various government agencies, ministries, departments, and parastatals [Federal & States], not-for-profit organizations, embassies, corporate organizations, financial institutions, IDP Camps, schools, businesses and those in the rural areas on how to improve their cyber hygiene.
They’ll learn how to better manage digital systems, protect their intellectual property, and improve consumer privacy. They should know the basics for how to protect themselves and the organizations they’re part of.
Cyber-Wofare Project will encourage, empower and engage women and girls in the digital space to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to technology and skills to occupy some of the “17 million computing jobs opening expected to be available globally by 2024”. Through this project, we hope to train 100,000 women and girls within the period of one year (s) in each of the 36 states of Nigeria and leading the movement to inspire, educate, equip and bridge the digital divide in the country.
Cyber-crime against women remains an extensive and widely under-reported online human rights violation in Nigeria.
Women in ICT foundation is a non-for-profit organization that focuses on providing technology education for women and young girls to rectify the under-representation of women in the technology industry and STEM profession.
Our primary aim is to inspire, enable and support women and girls using ICT to give them a way for realizing their dreams, overcoming problems and exploring their potential for success. Our movement is built on the belief “That what men can do, women can do better, more perfectly and productive. Women can be as good as men in using, developing and improving technology”.