A REFLECTION OF THE OFFLINE PECULIARITY OF OUR SOCIETY AND THE ADVERSE EFFECT ON DIGITAL EQUALITY
By Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga for the International Women’s Day #Embrace Equity
The dynamics of the world have changed forever. This occurred when life moved online. This reality may not be a common experience for the entire world’s population due to the challenges of accessibility and affordability. Still, the fact is that every world citizen has a right to life online.
In this vein, every man or woman can be online. No one must be deprived of the right to the internet, to live freely and to exercise all their rights online.
ONLINE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.
This means that people online can confidently exercise their rights as provided for under Articles 17, 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and in Articles 19, 21 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), that is, the rights to peacefully assemble online, to associate with others and to freely express themselves, to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice or by holding opinions without interference.
According to the 2019 Report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, “universal human rights apply equally online as offline – freedom of expression and assembly, for example, are no less important in cyberspace than in the town square”.
UN Secretary–General’s High-Level Panel, Report on digital interdependence, available at: https://www.un.org/en/pdfs/DigitalCooperation-report-for%20web.pdf p16
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