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Gender-based violence (GBV) or violence against women and girls (VAWG), is a global issue that affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime. According to World Bank (2019), about 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence, Globally, 7% of women have been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner. 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner and over 200 million women have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting, which is a major violence against women. 

In recent times, the elimination of violence against women and girls as not progressed so much and as such requires the intervention of technology and social media as a tool for tackling and addressing these issues. In this global age and with the influx of media (both traditional and new media), it is important to use these trendy technologies as a medium for creating awareness and disseminating information on reducing gender-based violence. One of the ways to reduce gender-based violence and change societal norms is to amplify the voices of girls and young women through the use of media in all forms. 

This event will provide a platform for experts in development communication, media,  IT  and advocates to be able to consider ways by which young women’s voices can be strengthened and expose issues affecting girls and young women. The event will also create a means where tech experts can discuss how tech innovations can be used to tackle the prevailing cases of gender-based violence. This event targets young women and girls within the ages of 18 to 35 years. 

To improve humanity, society needs to eliminate all forms of violence against women and enable them to access equal opportunity, thereby maximising their potentials for community and global development.

1. Learn ways in which social media can be used to amplify the voices of women who are victims of gender-based violence. 

2. Understand the importance of media as a means to amplify the voices of young women and girls against gender-based violence. 

3. Learn how to use social media to change negative social norms on gender-based violence and other gender-related issues.

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olabukunola WILLIAMS

Executive Director, Education As A Vaccine
Buky is the Executive Director of Education As A Vaccine, an organization that works with young people to advance their right to health and protection from all forms of violence. Previously she worked as the Program Coordinator for Nigerian Women in Agricultural Research for Development... Read More →
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Olusegun Medupin

Program Manager, YouthHubAfrica
As a Youth Advocate, Medupin Olusegun Paul is a Program Manager with Youth Hub Africa working with youth-focused groups and organizations to ensure quality service delivery to young people. He is a passionate girl education advocate who fights to ensure the rights of women and girls... Read More →
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Wemimo Adewuni

Anchor, News and Current Affairs, Nigeria Info FM
Wemimo Adewuni is a strong advocate of the media's role in holding government accountable, as the Fourth Estate of the Realm. Passionate about impact Journalism, she is the founder of MEDRIVE, a media hub training journalists and providing a mentoring platform which has trained about... Read More →

Friday February 28, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm WAT
NXT / Tech Stage