Cecilia Mwende Maundu
Cecilia Maundu is a broadcast journalist, a digital rights researcher and a digital security trainer. She is also an African Union Media Fellow. She works at the intersection of journalism, technology and human rights, with a focus on countering online abuse against women journalists while protecting freedom of expression online. She is also a podcaster. She has a podcast called “Digital Dada Podcast." "Digital Dada” is a podcast focused on online violence against women and digital security. It aims to change the narrative and perceptions that online violence is not “real violence.” Through conversations with women journalists and leaders across the globe who have been victims of this kind of violence. The podcast aims to cultivate in the citizenry of the world, a culture of digital security and encourage healthy conversations online for the advancement of a safer and a feminist internet."
Ms Maundu is a graduate of the University of Nairobi where she completed a Bachelor of Arts. She also has a Master of Arts in communication from the same university. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in communication Studies at Moi University in Kenya and her thesis is on “digital security in this era of data mining”.
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E-governance models are leaving women and gender minorities behind in Kenya, despite the increasing focus of the Kenyan government to digitise delivery of government services. Due to this, there remains a challenge of who gets to access these services through technology. Cecilia Maundu explores ways to bridge these gaps.
In her Podcast, “Digital Dada,” on a special series called “Stories of Resilience”, Cecilia Maundu invites Lucia Ayiela from Kenya. This conversation explores the experience of women journalists and digital advocates in the region. Lucia Ayiela shares with us her journey, the high and low points of her career, as a digital activist and how she empowers women activists to join the digital…
The system of integrated biometric database in Kenya, Huduma Namba, exposes multilayered challenges of statelessness, loss of basic human rights and availing government services. Through conversations with Mariam, a Nubian woman, we learn about the tedious and extremely long waiting period to obtain an ID card, without which people from ethnic minorities are not counted as citizens, and are…