Workshop On Message Development

Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) in collaboration with Initiative for Equality and Non-Discrimination (INEND) a regional partner of SMUG, invited HER INTERNET for a three day workshop on message development. As our work involves engaging in advocacy and lobbying, we have to develop the right messages for our different audiences who are Partners, allies, and other stakeholders. The messaging guide was called, “Opening Hearts Messaging Guide for Activists and Allies’.

Examining the Effects of Shrinking Civic Space on Feminist Organizing Online.

“Examining the Effects of Shrinking Civic Space on Feminist Organizing Online. Watch the full video of the interview below.

Breakfast Meeting by Women Human Rights Defenders Network and Uganda Women Parliamentary Association.

HER Internet was part of a breakfast meeting organised by Women Human Rights Defenders Network and Uganda Women Parliamentary Association. The purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness on online gender-based violence against WHRDs, as well as discussing the emerging trends of online violence and how it has affected WHRDS and their activism work. At this space, HER Internet facilitated a session on consciousness raising around online violence, the underlying factors causing it and how to collectively mitigate its effects. A commitment to proactively address online gender based violence was made by Uganda Women Parliamentary Association.

Validation Meeting by Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum

HER Internet attended a validation meeting by Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum to discuss and validate a draft training manual to train Civil Society organisations on crisis response, the use of tools for crisis response, and making effective referrals for legal and paralegal as well as relevant health services.

Biannual Newsletter 2021 Issue 2

We share with you the second issue of our biannual newsletter that shares the work we have been doing at HER Internet.

We extend our candid gratitude to everyone who has been present with us throughout the year 2021.
HER Internet Newsletter Issue 2

A Virtual fireplace

Our executive director moderated a virtual fireplace on the experiences of young women and gender-expansive persons on advocacy for inclusive legal and policy frameworks/systems in addressing violence, the alternatives, and sharing the moments of joy and resistance. The goal was to contribute to the conversation and devise strategies for alternative forms of justice in a collective effort to end violence against women now. This space was organized by Akina Mama wa Afrika and was attended by over 50 people.

Social Media Outing

Our third video reveals how Shane “Outs” her friend Maddie because of a small disagreement they had. In our research report, respondents shared about failing offline relationships being one of the causes of online violence from people they know; friends, family, ex-lovers, neighbours or work colleagues. The risk of one’s private information being exposed this way is a constant threat. We share some important tips to help you cope with being Outed on social media, something commonly faced by members of the LGBTI community. CyberBullyingEndsNow #nottodaybully #heronlinesafety

Threats Of Violence

The second animated video was on “Threats of Violence” portrayed by Pam, who is a single mom. In our research report, for Female Sex Workers, the threats range from rape, denial of parenting rights to death threats too. These threats are usually from private messages but could also appear in posts on public platforms, either through texts and/or calls. Perpetrators usually threaten to expose FSW for the work they do; or LBQ womxn – for their sexual orientation and gender expression.
CyberBullyingEndsNow #nottodaybully #heronlinesafety

Identity-Based Violence

Her Internet launched three animated videos on “Decoding Online Violence” The first video is on Identity Based Violence something that is common in the LBQ community especially when it comes to the masculine representing womxn. This character is portrayed by Zawadi who feels comfortable with her Identity body, and outfit. We also see how the violence manifests from online to her offline life. Tips and Advices show how one can protect themselves from people who share hateful comments especially if they don’t know the person. CyberBullyingEndsNow #nottodaybully #heronlinesafety.

Launch of Animation videos

HER Internet hosted the launch of the animation videos on Decoding Online Violence which showed some of the many forms of violence LBQ womxn and FSW face on online spaces. These videos depict objective representations of what online violence is, how it manifests and some of the factors at play as in experiences of Violence against Womxn unique to lesbians, bisexual and queer womxn; and female sex workers. HER Internet hopes to contribute to attitude change in society regarding (online) violence against these specific communities of womxn with the help of the messages carried by these resources and materials. Each participant was provided with the IC material produced (handbook, brochure, stickers and a flash disk with the animated videos and soft copies of all resources produced throughout the entire project.) and encouraged to share them widely. The lively conversations at the end of the launch with various participants showed a need.