Description of the event: Women are vulnerable to online security breaches and sexual harassment. Whether it’s a troll or an eve teaser, online or offline women remain easy targets. The challenges are many and identified but the solutions are yet few, and imperfect.
Speaking out is not easy when you don’t know who the abuser is just like identifying an eve teaser is difficult in a crowd. But the time has come to stop being helpless. Online safety is the need of the hour.
Online Safety Summit for Women powered by SheThePeople.TV is an attempt to get all stakeholders together and explore a consolidated approach to safety. A scaled effort, that will build on experiences, lessons, of varied organisations to reflect on the future that’s ahead of us.
Many women are told they must accept just that: If you don’t like the way you’re being treated online, you should log off. Or often they deal with the vagueness that the police wanted to help—but there was a clear lack of understanding.
SheThePeople.TV will produce a set of detailed long form papers as a follow up to the summit and share the same with the Ministry of Women and Child Development and other government bodies.
PANEL #1 The Social Safety Network
How the popular consumer platforms like FB, Twitter, Google are navigating the challenges of safety in a country like India. Lessons. Challenges. Solutions.
Ankhi Das, Facebook
Mahima Kaul, Twitter
Sunita Mohanty, Google
Shaili Chopra, SheThePeople.TV
PANEL#2 The Issue of Access
Lack of the opportunity will never fix the numbers. This panel will aim to cover gendered access in terms of financial/affordability, language, normative values, connectivity, information gaps etc.
Prasanto Roy, Nasscom
Subho Ray of IAMAI
Ranjana Kumari of CSR
Monica Jasuja, Mastercard
PANEL#3 The Importance Of Counter-Speech
The power of raising positive voices over the hate is a major piece of the puzzle. We need to speak
more, not less.
Kiran Manral, SheThePeople.TV
Karuna Nundy, Lawyer
Namita Bhandare, Journalist
Anja Kovacs, Internet Democracy Project
PANEL # 4 Responsible Rule Making On The Internet
Perspective from the government and independent analysts on how easily networks can manipulate what we see and read and how we make decisions, can look at it in a gendered manner as well.
Supreet Singh, Safecity
Swati Maliwal, DCW
Vandita Morarka, Legal Expert