UNESCO/UNOCT WEBINAR on Youth and Digital Spaces: Addressing and Countering the exploitation of the COVID-19 pandemic using Media and ICTs in Eastern Africa

When :

from Tuesday 2 June, 2020
09:00
to Tuesday 2 June, 2020
12:00

Type of event :

Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Where :

Online, Nairobi, Kenya

Contact :

John Okande, National Programme Officer, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, Email: jo.okande@unesco.org

Media and digital spaces significantly affect young people's lives. They provide them with boundless opportunities for not only accessing information, but also creating, curating, and sharing knowledge. These platforms also promote exchanges and intercultural dialogue that further common values, human rights, tolerance, and peace.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa is partnering with United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) in organizing a webinar to empower young people to counter and prevent online hate, cyberbullying, racism, and violent extremism, for promotion of peace building and sustainable development during COVID-19 Pandemic.

The webinar will bring together regional and international researchers, specialists, public policy experts, and media practitioners to discuss issues, challenges and good practices in supporting and involving young people to counter and prevent, online hate speech, cyber bullying, racism, and violent extremism, inter alia, by using Media and ICTs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic; and also to identify effective measures that can be adopted to prevent and combat these issues. It also aims to increase understanding of how online hate speech, cyberbullying, racism, and violent extremism is affecting young people in particular, and how ICT and Media could play a role in preventing or countering the divisive and harmful impacts.

UNESCO and UNOCT will mobilize panelists from the region, and internationally, to share good practices and examples demonstrating MIL skills among young people that can be used to counter and preventing online hate, cyberbullying, racism, and violent extremism to promote peace building and sustainable development during COVID-19 Pandemic in the region.

The webinar is organized in cooperation with the Government Ministries, UNDP, UNODC, UNESCO National Commissions, Academia and non-state actors from Eastern Africa Region.