Forbidden Topics (FT), a platform for advocating against gender-based violence, trains young women on digital safety and the prevention of technology-facilitated gender-based violence (TFGBV).
The 3-day virtual training is organized through the She Village Fellowship with support from Safe Sisters and DefendDefenders.
The training facilitated by Oluwadamilola Akintewe, the founder and curator of Forbidden Topics, is designed to equip young women with the requisite knowledge to identify and fight technology-facilitated gender-based violence.
According to Akintewe, “The program provides a platform for young women – especially undergraduates – to share their experiences with TFGBV and gives them the resources to push back against TFGBV.
Akintewe emphasized the importance of mobile security due to its potential to facilitate gender-based violence and theft of personal information.
“Women need to take mobile security seriously to prevent GBV and fraud.” She noted.
During the training, data privacy on the Internet was also discussed.
Akintewe suggested that the motive and the purpose behind data collection are equally important. She stressed that safety measures are needed to ensure data privacy online.
She further noted that evolving technology such as Artificial Intelligence poses a threat to privacy and can enable cyberbullying.
Akintewe cautioned about the potential dangers of sharing personal information online and the need for vigilance.