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Film Screening: Women in Coding. More details here.

Day 1: Friday 24 November 2017

Panels + Discussions + Skills-Sharing [Pre-registration required]

09:00-9:30               Registration

09:30-09:40            Welcome note + Security briefing

09:40-11:15             Panel 1—Countering Online Violence


Farah Kobaissy, MENA Regional Gender & Advocacy Manager, Oxfam


11:15-11:30:            Coffee Break

11:30-13:00             Panel 2—Whose Internet?


Sara Abou Ghazal, Coordinator of  Women Human Rights Defenders in MENA and Co-director of the Knowledge Workshop.


13:00-14:00:            Lunch

14:00-16:00             Skills Sharing Workshops
5 parallel workshops running in parallel

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-18:00             Panel 3—Shifting Economic Power

Facilitator: Lara Bitar, Editor and researcher at SMEX


  • Tara Tarakiyye, Program manager at the Open Technology Fund
  • Nadine Moawad, Activist in gender, sex, and technology with the Association for Progressive Communications
  • Ranwa Yehia,  Co-founder of the Arab Digital Expression Foundation
  • Ahmed Kheirco-founder and executive director of Support for Information Technology Center (SITC)

18:00–18:15            Wrap-up

Day 2: Saturday 25 November 2017

#HackAgainstViolence [by invite only]

Closing Reception [Open event for participants from Day 1]

A creative hackathon on online and offline violence against women will mark the first day of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The purpose is not necessarily to come away with an app or a tech-based solution. Rather, it is to bring together different sectors from across the region (feminist activists, techies, creatives) with a shared role to play in developing new ideas, solutions or further analysis of violence against women. Following the hackathon, participants of Day 1 are invited to a closing reception with food and snacks where the hackathon innovations will be presented.

 9:30 – 10:15            Introduction

Introductions of participants, organisers, and the methodology for the day.

10:15 – 11:30          User Stories and Problem Statements

Participants will be divided into groups to explore the following problem statements and undertake related activities:

  1. REPORTING: How can we create a trusted reporting platform for those affected by violence, in a way which is easy to find and interact with?
  2. PREVENTION: How can we enable those living in fear of violence to access services for support, with minimal logistical burden?
  3. DATA GAPS: How can we fill much needed data gaps related to eVAW to better influence key stakeholders?
  4. DIGITAL SAFETY: How can we help those affected by violence to gain the confidence and knowledge they need to use technology safely, with full control over their online data and privacy settings?
  5. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: How can we support those affected by violence in using online opportunities to raise awareness of what an abusive relationship looks like and the legal process or the financial situation women find themselves in?

11:30 – 11:45: Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00          Rapid Prototyping Loop 1 + 2

Short time-boxed activities which helps participants design potential solutions.

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 15:00          Rapid Prototyping Loop 3

15:00 – 16:30           Prototype Development

17:00-19:00             Presentation of Hackathon innovations & Closing Reception (open)