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Activists push for  digital privacy policy

Activists push for digital privacy policy

A SECTION of activists in Arusha have urged the government to hurriedly send the digital privacy policy to parliament for enactment.

The activists argued that lack of the legal provision was giving cyber bullies loopholes to inflict emotional pain and humiliation on other users, especially young women.

An Executive Director of the Civic and Legal Aid Organization (CILAO) Charles Odero urged the government to expedite the enactment of the legal provision of the girl child and women as a whole.

Mr Odero, who was speaking here during the launch of a Digital Literacy Project for women, observed that women are now forced to trade carefully on social media as cyber bullies lurk to dehumanize them.

“It is high time the government rolled out the provision to shield women from perpetrators of cyber bullying,” opined Mr Odero.

His sentiment comes a month after a Special Seat MP through the Tanzania Mainland Civil Society Organizations (NGOs) Neema Lugangira urged the government to expedite the establishment of the Digital/Data Private Policy.

The MP further challenged the government to enable the current digital ecosystem to create an online space which is safe for everyone, including the women.

The three-month Digital Literacy Project which targets 30 students from St Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT), Tengeru Institute of Community Development (CDTI) and Tumaini University seeks to create a free digital space for women, according to Mr Musa Juma, a Media Aid for Indigenous and Pastoralists Community (Maipac).

“Such a platform will enable women enjoy a free digital space,” he said.

On her part, Lucy Simon a person living with disability who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Education from SAUT said she will l use the online platform to reach out to women and young girls living in the peripheries to raise their awareness on their rights.

The 9mn/- project is jointly implemented by Maipac, Women and Children Welfare Support (WOCWELS) and CILAO.

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