Cyber Security Training for Human Rights Defenders

Programme for One Day Cyber Hygiene Training for Human Rights Defenders

Dates: 5th, 6th, 7th December 2023

8:00 – 8:15 amArrival and RegistrationKICTANet Secretariat
8:15 – 8:30 amWelcome and introductionsKICTANet / Defenders Coalition
8:30 – 9:30 amIntroduction to Cyber Hygiene KICTANet
9:30 – 10:30 amCyber Hygiene for your DeviceKICTANet
10:30 – 11:00 amTea Break
11:00 – 12:00 pmSecure Access to Devices and ServicesKICTANet
12:00 – 01:00 pmCyber Hygiene for Social Media & MessagingKICTANet
01:00 – 02:00 pmLunch Break
02:00 – 03:00 pmConnectivity Cyber HygieneKICTANet
03:00 – 04:00 pmKeeping Your Money Safe OnlineKICTANet
04:00 – 04:30 pmQ&A and EvaluationKICTANet

The Tatua Digital Resilience Centre, in collaboration with KICTANet and Defenders Coalition, is set to organize a three-day training session for 125 human rights defenders in Nairobi, Kenya. The center, affiliated with KICTANet and AIRA, aims to help social justice organizations in East Africa adapt and thrive in a dynamic environment by implementing impactful digital strategies. Specifically designed to assist Social Justice Organizations (SJOs) in East Africa dedicated to promoting human rights and social justice, the center provides crucial support for their digital resilience.

Since 2016, the Defenders Coalition has annually organized the Human Rights Defenders (HRD) Academy. The purpose of this academy is to address the training requirements and other deficiencies identified by HRDs during the previous year’s General Assembly. During this assembly, HRDs assess the challenges faced by their peers nationwide and within various thematic groups, focusing on prioritizing the protection, capacity building, and advocacy needs of HRDs. Since its establishment in 2016, a total of 1056 HRDs have received training on various crucial topics. This year, the HRD Academy is scheduled to take place from December 5th to 8th, 2023.

The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Kenya, known as Defenders Coalition, is a national organization formed in 2007 and legally registered as a trust in Kenya. Its primary focus is to safeguard the safety, security, and overall well-being of human rights defenders (HRDs). Defenders Coalition achieves this objective by enhancing the capacities of HRDs for more effective work and advocating for supportive legal, policy, and institutional frameworks to minimize their susceptibility to persecution or harm.

The organization envisions a just society built on human rights, striving to ensure the safety, security, and well-being of Human Rights Defenders. Defenders Coalition asserts that every individual deserves rights, personal liberties, security, and social justice. According to their belief, HRDs play a pivotal role on the front lines in advancing the realization of these rights and freedoms as outlined in the 2010 Constitution of Kenya. Paramount among these rights are the freedoms of assembly, expression, association, and access to information, which collectively bolster democratic spaces.

Objectives of the Training:

  1. To Equip HRDs with practical skills that include physical and digital security, advocacy
    skills and legal frameworks on HRDs to reduce their vulnerability to risks while conducting
    human rights work
  2. To facilitate dialogue on gaps in the practice of monitoring and documenting human rights
    violations at the county level and equip necessary skills and tools for dealing with the
  3. To map risks faced by HRDs and prioritize intervention strategies to be deployed in the
    following year
  4. To identify and document the most significant stories of change by HRDs, celebrate,
    network, and showcase the positive impact of HRDs work.
  5. To raise the profile and work of human rights defenders across Kenya and to counter the
    narrative they face in many contexts, including at individual and collective level.

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