While more people make their way into the internet, it is no surprise that the amount of electronic violence against women also rises and it is not a new phenomenon on the world but is dealt as part of violence and discrimination that women and girls face offline and online throughout their lives. While awareness rising about using secure and safe Internet is not common in Somalia and there is limited data on online harassment and violence, the problem is often overlooked in discussions of violence against women and is not perceived as a serious form of violence or an issue in Somalia and women do not often speak about online harassment and violence.
The recent heated debates on Mogadishu’s representation in the Upper House and arrangements for the upcoming federal elections by the Lower House and public remarks and speeches by some senior government officials, politicians and other prominent figures triggered inflammatory and hate speech, disinformation and confrontation among Somali social media users.
Bareedo Platform Somalia honours the commemoration of Somali Youth Day, an annual event that signifies the beginning of the struggle for independence by a group of young Somalis in seventy-seven years ago on 15 May 1943 under the banner of the Somali Youth League (SYL). The SYL became an instrumental organization in Somalia’s push for independence and their sacrifices, struggle and patriotism united the Somali people, created the country’s flag and led to the recognition of Somalia by the international community.
World has changed in unprecedented ways in the last several weeks due to the Coronavirus pandemic and urgent action is required to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, inform public effectively and treat those it has affected. In this difficult time, it is indispensable that all data and information related to the pandemic is open and available free of charge for use in ending the COVID-19 pandemic and minimizing the impact and spread of the disease.
The availability, openness, dissemination and use of data during the Coronavirus disease pandemic is indispensable and necessary for public benefit to help defeat disinformation and mythms as well as risk of digital security threats or cyber attacks. Open data contributes greatly in the fight against coronavirus, insight into preventive actions, population mobility, the spread of the disease, and the resilience of people and systems to cope with the virus, can help public health and humanitarian leaders respond more effectively to the COVID-19 epidemic.