G20 Flagship projects

A mentoring network to strengthen digital security for women

Title of the Project:

A mentoring network to strengthen digital security for women



Geographical presence:

Uganda & Kenya

Status of the project:
start date, duration:

2015 - 2018

Project website:


Geographical impact of project:


Funds available for the project:

2,5 Mio €

Implementation level:

in support of low income and developing countries

Description of the project:

A mentoring network, which was set up by Deutsche Welle Akademie together with the Ugandan Hub for Investigative Media, and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), encourages Kenyan and Ugandan journalists to share their experiences with digital discrimination. Until now, workshops have been relatively informal but the network is now aiming to professionalise its mentoring activities by developing a curriculum and setting quality standards. By the end of 2017, regular workshops focusing on digital security will reflect these standards. Topics planned include how to create a secure password, back up data, or encrypt emails as well as how to avoid risks while using public WiFi or erase digital tracks. The Deutsche Welle Akademie workshop “Digital Security for Women Journalists” in Nairobi also helped raise awareness about digital discrimination and offered participants from both countries a chance to network and gain additional skills. Although women are subjected to more digital harassment than men, very few women are experts on digital security. The workshop and the mentoring network help to change this situation.

Area of focus of the project:

  • information and awareness-raising campaigns
  • enhance women’s and girls’ digital privacy and security