YouTube collaborates with National Council for Women to promote safe experience for women content creators

Ahram Online , Wednesday 8 Feb 2023

On Safer Internet Day, which falls annually on 7 January, YouTube announced an on-going collaboration with the National Council for Women (NCW) in Egypt to help promote a safe experience on YouTube, and encourage more women content creators to share their stories on the platform.

Maya Morsy, President of the NCW
Maya Morsy, President of the NCW

The collaboration will include a series of workshops and meet-ups that aim at creating a support community of content creators, YouTube experts, and representatives from the National Council for Women.

"We are pleased to partner with YouTube to promote a safer environment for Egyptian women on the platform, especially in light of the various types of cyber violence –  such as harassment, bullying, extortion, etc. – that women suffer from on social media, which has become an open space for people to engage in violence against women," said  Maya Morsy, President of the NCW.

Morsy explained that the Egyptian state has been keen in recent years, through various decisions and legislations, to ensure the protection of women from all forms of violence .

The NCW is also focusing heavily on the issue of combating violence against women in all its forms, and is keen on raising awareness of women's rights, especially when they are exposed to any form of cyber violence, according to Morsy.

"We are proud to encourage more women content creators and support them to develop their skills to further understand women issues and promote meaningful and useful content," the NCW president said.

As part of this established collaboration, a series of workshops will be organised throughout the year to help more women content creators benefit from available resources to grow their channels and to learn about the different tools and features to stay safe online.

The NCW team will provide tailored workshops for content creators on how to make content that is sensitive to women’s needs and will raise awareness on women empowerment and how to stay safe from cyber violence against women and girls.

The workshops will also include #IamRemarkable sessions which is part of Google’s initiative that aims to empower women to celebrate their achievements.

The NCW will also be the first entity in Egypt to enroll in YouTube’s Trusted Flagger program in order to be able to directly report content that violates policies. This content will consequently be prioritised by the YouTube team as they review content from around the world and make appropriate decisions.

Commenting on the collaboration, Tarek Amin, Director of YouTube Partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa, said: “We are pleased to collaborate this year with the National Council for Women in Egypt. Together, we aim to continue developing a safe experience for women creators in Egypt by equipping them with the skills needed, and inviting them to join a wider support circle of other content creators and experts of the platform.” 

"The YouTube Trusted Flagger program is part of an ongoing collaboration between YouTube and the National Council for Women, which will include a series of workshops that will be organised throughout the year to support more women creators in Egypt,” said Hisham El-Nazer, Google’s Country Manager in Egypt.

Egypt has been seeing a noticeable increase in the number of mobile internet users since the outbreak of coronavirus and the consequent introduction of  social distancing measures to combat the spread of the virus.

In October 2022, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said that the number of mobile internet users in Egypt reached 69.4 million, up from 39 million in December of 2019, a 77.9 percent increase.



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