• #KenyaDecides2022: How Disinformation Fanned Political Anxiety Kenya’s recently concluded election has been lauded as transparent, credible and peaceful. However, in the closely contested presidential race between former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and outgoing Deputy President William Ruto, the torrent of misinformation and disinformation ran rampant online throughout the electoral process. For millions of Kenyans social media has become the primary source […] Loui Mainga September 20, 2022
  • Understanding the Dangers of Gendered Disinformation in African Elections Co-authored by Temiloluwa Alalade One of the targets of SDG 5 is to “ensure women’s full and effective participation, and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.” Over the years, there has been a steady increase in the percentage of women’s leadership and participation in politics and […] Nkemakonam Agunwa August 5, 2022
  • Documenting SGBV Crimes during Conflict: Community Healing for Rohingya Women and Girls This blog post is part 2 of 2 posts. Read part 1 here. Content warning/trigger warning: sexual violence. Rohingya lawyer and educator Razia Sultana is a strong advocate for the rights of her people, and since 2014, has worked with some of the 900,000 Rohingya refugees now in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. She has been working […] WITNESS ASIA March 31, 2022
  • ကော့ဘဇား မှ -ပဋိပက္ခအတွင်း SGBV ရာဇ၀တ်မှုများကို မှတ်တမ်းတင်ခြင်း ဤဘလော့ဂ်ပို့စ်သည် ပို့စ် ၂ ခု၏ အပိုင်း ၁ ဖြစ်သည်။ ဒီစာကို အင်္ဂလိပ်လို ဖတ်ပါ။ အကြောင်းအရာသတိပေးချက်/အစပျိုး သတိပေးချက်- လိင်ပိုင်းဆိုင်ရာ အကြမ်းဖက်မှု။ နိဒါန်း Razia Sultana သည် ရိုဟင်ဂျာရှေ့နေ၊ တက်ကြွလှုပ်ရှားသူနှင့် ပညာပေးသူ ဖြစ်ပြီး ရိုဟင်ဂျာ အရေး တက်ကြွလှုပ်ရှားသူဖြစ်သည်။ ၂၀၁၄ ခုနှစ်ကတည်းက သူမသည် ရိုဟင်ဂျာဒုက္ခသည် ၉၀၀,၀၀၀နှင့် အတူ ဘင်္ဂလားဒေ့ရှ်နိုင်ငံ၊ ကော့ဘဇာ တွင် အလုပ်လုပ်ကိုင်လျှက်ရှိသည်။ သူမသည် လိင်နှင့် ကျားမအခြေခံအကြမ်းဖက်မှုမှ လွတ်မြောက်လာသူများဖြစ်ကြသည့် ရိုဟင်ဂျာအမျိုးသမီးများနှင့် အနီးကပ်လုပ်ဆောင်နေပြီး မြန်မာနိုင်ငံမှ လူမျိုးတုံးသတ်ဖြတ်မှုမှလွတ်မြောက်ရန် မကြောက်မရွံ့ ထွက်ပြေးလာခဲ့သည့် အမျိုးသမီးများနှင့် မိန်းကလေးငယ်များ၏ ဇာတ်လမ်းများကို မှတ်တမ်းတင်ခဲ့သည်။ Razia သည် မြန်မာစစ်တပ်မှ ရိုဟင်ဂျာများအပေါ် လိင်ပိုင်းဆိုင်ရာ အကြမ်းဖက်မှုများကို […] WITNESS ASIA March 18, 2022
  • Supporting Survivors of Gender-Based Violence: Documenting Evidence Join us on International Women’s Day 2022 as we continue to spotlight our newest Video as Evidence guide ‘Using Video to Support Justice and Accountability for Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence’, along with many other resources that will assist you to safely and ethically document evidence of SGBV crimes for deeper justice and accountability. […] WITNESS March 8, 2022
  • Documenting SGBV Crimes during Conflict: The View from Cox’s Bazar This blog post is part 1 of 2 posts. This blogpost is also available in Burmese. Content warning/trigger warning: sexual violence. Introduction Rohingya lawyer, activist, and educator Razia Sultana is a strong advocate for the rights of her people. Since 2014, she has worked with some of the 900,000 Rohingya refugees now in Cox’s Bazar, […] WITNESS ASIA March 7, 2022
  • How Gendered Disinformation in Nigeria Precludes Justice for Survivors of SGBV This blogpost is part two of a two part series. Part one here. Co-authored by Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi The rise of technology, currently in its fourth revolution, has precipitated image-based abuse and online violence against women and girls. When misinformation and disinformation infiltrate the digital space, it spreads with horrifying speed in the absence of […] Nkemakonam Agunwa December 20, 2021
  • The Role of Disinformation in Perpetuating Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Africa This blog post is part one of a two-part series. Co-authored by Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi Media responses to SGBV The proliferation of misinformation and disinformation has introduced new forms  of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) such as online bullying, sexual harassment, image based sexual violence among others. This amplifies the problem and further impedes access […] Nkemakonam Agunwa December 6, 2021
  • Community-led Approaches to Data Collection on Gender-Based Violence This blog highlights community-led approaches to data collection on sexual and gender-based violence in the United States. Jackie Zammuto November 29, 2021
  • WITNESS Marks 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence with New Guidance Cover photo: Zaina Erhaim is an award-winning journalist from Syria, who works to uphold freedom of expression and train frontline documenters from her country. Read this post in Spanish. WITNESS marks 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence: From Awareness to Accountability this year with the launch of a new guide, which looks at how video […] Dalila Mujagic November 23, 2021
  • Cyber-Violence against the Marginalised in Sri Lanka Digital community spaces serve as important tools for Sri Lankan women and the LBT community. A recent research study conducted by Groundviews reveal that deep-rooted misogynistic attitudes driven by hate and fear drive cyber-violence against the marginalised. Meghana Bahar September 6, 2019
  • World Refugee Day 2019 June 20th marks World Refugee Day. But the work of protecting the rights of refugees happens every day of the year. At WITNESS, we help refugees document their stories—specifically human rights violations, through creating and archiving important media that can be used to bring awareness to their experiences and help advocate for change. Here are […] WITNESS June 19, 2019
  • Combating Gender-Based Tech Violence: Groundviews, Sri Lanka Part 1 of 2 Exactly a year ago, on 5th March 2018, we watched as flames engulfed Digana, in the heart of Kandy. We saw quiet, multi-ethnic suburban localities swept up by a wave of anti-Muslim wrath. On 6th March 2018, the Sri Lankan government responded by blocking access to Facebook, Whatsapp and Viber, on […] Meghana Bahar March 8, 2019
  • You Are Power: The Women and Organizations Who Inspire Us In honor and in celebration of International Women's Day 2018, WITNESS' regional teams highlight the women and organizations who inspire us. WITNESS March 7, 2018
  • The Hunt for Digital Evidence of the Rohingya Genocide In documenting historical records of destruction or grievous danger to a peoples over time, digital trails are a human rights crusader’s best–sometimes most accurate–source of evidence. And yet at the same time, such data can fall into the wrong hands, putting the lives of the persecuted, and those fighting for their rights, at grave risk. […] Meghana Bahar November 29, 2017