What is Safe Sisters?

A fellowship program for women human rights defenders, journalists or media workers, and activists that train them to be able to understand and respond to the digital security challenges they face in their work and daily life.

Through a combination of self-study, tool practice, mentorship, workshops, peer sharing, and small grants, these cohorts of women will join forces to take on the most pressing digital challenges that keep women from being able to live and be online safely.

The Need for a
Digital Security
Fellowship Program

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.

The world 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 Sisters!

Meet The
Safe Sisters

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 The Safe Sisters as they learn simple tips to keep safe online. Download The Safe Sister Common Sense Guide to Digital Safety for Women and Girls in your region.

Thank you to everyone who visited our digital safety booth to ask us questions or attended our launch of OGBV research with @PollicyOrg at @cipesaug’s #FIFAfrica2022! It was clear from discussions that #digitalsafety for women is - and needs to continue to be a priority. #ogbv

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