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Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) plans to organize a Public Forum addressing Women’s Online Rights in Ghana


The increasing internet penetration rates in Ghana have indeed expanded access to extensive opportunities and knowledge repositories online, benefitting a considerable portion of the population.

Despite these positive strides, a significant number of women in Ghana still face barriers to online access. Factors such as gendered mis/disinformation, harassment, and limited digital literacy have contributed to a notable segment of women remaining offline. This, in turn, exacerbates the existing digital divide in the country.

In response to this pressing issue, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) is actively engaging in collaborative efforts with various stakeholders. Recognizing the urgent need to bridge the gender gap in internet usage, the MFWA is organizing a National Stakeholders’ Forum on Women’s Rights Online in Ghana.

This forum aims not only to address the challenges preventing women from accessing the internet but also to empower them to assert their rights in the digital space. Additionally, it seeks to enable women to tap into the diverse opportunities available online, fostering a more inclusive and equitable digital landscape in Ghana.

Scheduled for November 28, 2023, the National Stakeholders’ Forum on Women’s Rights Online in Ghana is set to be a significant one-day event taking place at the Sunlodge Hotel in Accra.

This gathering aims to facilitate constructive discussions and collaboration among a diverse range of participants, including representatives from the government, women’s rights groups, civil society, activists, academics, media practitioners, and the general public.

The central theme of the forum revolves around exploring ways in which stakeholders can effectively join forces and implement proactive measures to mitigate and prevent the amplification of gendered disinformation.

Additionally, the forum is dedicated to promoting women’s rights in the online sphere within the context of Ghana.

This pivotal event, dedicated to advancing women’s rights online, is made possible through funding from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana.

It represents a concerted effort to address the challenges faced by women in accessing and utilizing the internet while fostering collaboration among various sectors to build a more inclusive and empowering online environment for women in Ghana.

By dworldgist.com

Peter Ritdung Wakkias is a Nigerian blogger and programmer, known for being the CEO of www.dworldgist.com and www.gospelrespec.com. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Computer Science from Isa Mustapha Agwai 1 Polytechnic Lafia. Based in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

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