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MUYA & OUMA: Why Kenya must address online violence against women ahead of elections

In the height of political campaigns next year, there will be an increase in spread of gendered disinformation

In Summary

• A recent report by the Web foundation shows that at least 52 per cent of young women surveyed had experienced online violence in different forms

• As we draw into the election period, we must recognise the impact of online violence in driving women in politics away from leadership positions.

In October this year, Kenya chaired a session at the United Nations Security Council aimed at addressing online hate speech and incitement to violence, especially on social media.

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