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August 21, 2015 - Comments Off on Building The Capacity to End Online Harassment

Building The Capacity to End Online Harassment

The Internet has, in a short period of time, become a vital part of our lives. With it we are able to gain access to a dizzying amount of knowledge resources, which provide people with valuable skills and information that can enrich their lives. However, there is also a dark side to this technology. Access to information has also led to the growth of often pervasive forms of digital and offline harassment against women. Personal data will be leaked or hacked into, to try to force women offline, to stop their voices being heard, or even to instigate violence against them. According to the Federal Investigation Agency’s National Response Centre for Cyber Crime, 3027 cybercrime cases were reported in the period between August 2014 and 2015 - 45% of which were related to cyber-harassment against women and young girls via social media.

The cases that have reported are just the tip of the iceberg, as many victims keep silent out of fear of losing access to internet technology or out of fear of being attacked again. By not tackling this head-on, we risk a situation where members of a vulnerable population, one that makes up over half the population of Pakistan, are denied essentially life-enhancing knowledge and tools. The state can, via social and government institutions, provide support and assistance to women of all ages from cyber-harassment, and to give them the vital skills necessary to defend themselves.

DRF proudly join hands with Punjab Commission on the status of women in building capacity of the Punjab Women's helpline staff to effectively deal with Cyber harassment complaints

Digital Rights Foundation, Hamara Internet and the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women have joined together to help build and strengthen the capacity of the staff of the Punjab Women’s Helpline, so that they are effectively able to deal with cyber-harassment complaints, provide the assistance and support needed.

January 2, 2014 - Comments Off on Training Workshop: Security for Women in Digital Age

Training Workshop: Security for Women in Digital Age

Security for Women in Digital Age

Venue: Crystal Ball, Marriott hotel, Islamabad

Date: 13:30 - 17:00, January 9, 2014

Trainer: Nighat Dad (Executive Director, Digital Rights Foundation Pakistan)

In this digital age, it has become even easier than before to be stalked, intruded and harassed. During these times of fast digital innovation, it is important for women to assess their risks online, analyse them and browse securely.

"Security for Women in the Digital Age" workshop will focus on why it is important for women to be cautious about their privacy online. The session will look on the cases in Pakistan where women and girls have been harassed and threatened online. It will then move on to a small digital security training empowering the attendees with basic tools to stay secure in the digital spaces.

For more details, please join our Facebook event page or visit the website.

- With support from Tactical Technology Collective

September 22, 2013 - Comments Off on Call for Participation: Digital Security Workshop in Lahore

Call for Participation: Digital Security Workshop in Lahore


Digital Rights Foundation is pleased to announce a day long digital security training being organized in partnership with Shirkat Gah and Bolobhi. Journalists, bloggers, writers, human rights defenders and students in Lahore are invited to apply for this workshop. The training sessions will be conducted on Thursday, September 26, 2013.

This workshop aims at equipping the participants with the skills and techniques necessary for staying safe online. One of the purposes of this training is to enable the participants carry out similar workshops within their organizations and share the experience gained through their networks.

If you meet the eligibility criteria and would like to participate in this training, please submit a statement of interest along with a brief bio outlining your work to In the statement of purpose, demonstrate your interest by clarifying how the experience gained through this training program will help you in pursuing your goals personally and professionally. You may also indicate how this program relates to your future aspirations regarding digital security.

Further information regarding the event will be shared with the selected participants. The applicants must send their applications by September 24th, 2013. Late submissions will not be considered.