Be careful With Virtual Networks – Gender Minister

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Peace Mutuuzo says that social media networks have made women vulnerable to online abuse, attacks and violence, orchestrated under the banner of free speech, freedom of expression and empowerment.

State Minister for Gender and Culture Peace Mutuuzo has urged women to be more cautious especially while dealing with virtual networks on Social media platforms.

Mutuuzo says that, under the banner of free speech, freedom of expression and empowerment., social media networks have made women vulnerable to online abuse, attacks and violence which sometimes results into life threatening situations.

She says that although social media platforms come with an element of empowerment for women and girls, they have exposed themselves extensively to the foes by sharing too much on platforms like Facebook, the largest social networking platform that enables people to stay connected world over.

"We live in a global world today and it is important for us to be careful because you do not know who wants to take advantage of you on social media," Mutuuzo told journalists ahead of the annual women's day celebrations on March 8.

She said that although the problem cuts across gender, women have often shared more personal issues on social media than men adding that Women need to maintain safety nets both online and offline.  

Her sentiments come a few days after the gruesome murder of 28-year-old Susan Magara, a former accountant with Bwendero Dairy Farm (BDF). She said that as government works towards protecting everyone in the country, ladies need to change their mindset as far as their security is concerned by limiting what they share on social media.
 
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Mutuuzo says that if women do not learn how to protect themselves, all the other empowerments that government has fought for to fight for women will be useless. "The government has provided funds for women; education of women is possible today. But all this will be a waste if women do not learn how to value their security."

This year's main celebration will be held at Busubizi Core Primary Teachers College, Mityana under the theme, 'Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls. Other celebrations will take place at district level.