National Council for Women, Facebook launch partnership to raise awareness about protecting women online

Ahram Online , Thursday 17 Dec 2020

The Women’s Safety Resources initiative includes defining the procedures that must be followed by any woman and girl exposed to any form of violence on Facebook

National Council for Women

Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) and Facebook Arabia announced on Thursday that they launched a partnership to spread awareness on means of protecting women on Facebook.

According to a statement by Facebook and the NCW on their new partnership, the new initiative, Women’s Safety Resources, aims to educate women and girls using Facebook on how to manage and adjust their privacy settings on the popular social media network, as well as the ability to prohibit anyone from practicing any form of violence against women on social media.

The initiative includes the use of materials such as GIFs, cartoons, and videos.

"The NCW pays great attention to the issue of combating all forms of violence against women. Social media has become an available platform for practicing violence in various forms such as harassment, bullying, blackmail, along with others. Therefore, we are delighted with this partnership that aims to spread awareness among women about how to protect themselves from all forms of violence practiced against them through Facebook," said Maya Morsy, the president of NCW on the new partnership.

Joelle Awad, policy programs manager at Facebook in the Middle East and North Africa, was quoted as saying that the “safety of all users is of paramount importance at Facebook, and the platform is committed to continuously providing meticulously designed tools and resources that keep all users safe, as well as working dedicatedly on developing them so that Facebook can be able to support enjoyable experiences in an ever-changing digital environment.”

“We are particularly pleased to offer these resources in cooperation with the NCW in Egypt, which will allow us to reach and interact with a wider group of women,” she added.

The Women’s Safety Resources initiative includes defining the procedures that must be followed by any woman and girl exposed to any form of violence on Facebook.

Among these procedures is contacting the women complaints office of the NCW by contacting 01007525600 or the hotline at 15115.

The resources include a four-step guide to help women assess their level of privacy and safety on the platform, including a privacy check-up on Facebook, connections' management, reviewing users' personal privacy settings, and reviewing users’ activity timeline to understand what their contacts see when they visit their profile.

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