Two online webinars were held on July 16, 2021, and October 11, 2021 on online safety for women and on the International Day of the Girl Child.

The first online webinar focused on deconstructing what ‘online safety’ means for journalists and provided women journalists a platform where they shared their experience of navigating the Internet, their fears, and inhibitions and what they believe needs to be done for it. The discussion centred around platforms’ responsibility in making Internet safer for women, and what role media literacy and awareness can play in countering online disinformation and stopping hate campaigns that malign and discredit women journalists or politicians.

In the second webinar on the International Day of the Girl Child, panelist discussed how different communities of women; minorities, migrant and disabled, could benefit from technology and the Internet. Abia Akram, a disability rights activist, spoke about her work on empowering disabled girls in rural Pakistan with digital skills, and the challenges she faces, Kinza Momin, a data scientist, talked about the need for early STEM education for young girls, so the field can see a bigger female representation, and shared her own experiences of working in a male-dominant industry in Pakistan.

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