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A Woman’s Fight For Safe Online Space

Admin    15 April 2019    0 comments

Nighat Dad

Nighat Dad has been honored as the Times next generation leader. A lot of women fall victim to online harassment as the population on internet is increasing day by day. They belong to small towns, villages, working women, students, journalists and from all walks of life. She says, what we are trying to do is aware them of their legal rights and how can they fight back in case of any harassment. Nighat also says that not only online harassment but hate speech on social media is also one of the ongoing issues. Her organization “Digital Rights Foundation” tries to aware people abut their rights and in case of need how can they use their rights, which is only possible if there is an efficient cyber crime bill. Nighat is a lawyer and a single mother, who after her separation decided not to lock herself down in a room and live a miserable life, but to step out and help others who are victims of this brutal society and their evils.
Nighat Dad’s work has earned many admirers. “Nighat has established herself as a recognized international leader in such a short period of time,” says Gus Hosein, a co-founder of London-based NGO Privacy International, which advocates for enhanced privacy protections and investigates surveillance practices by assisting local NGOs around the world. “When other partners say they can involve 30 people for a project, Nighat worries about only getting 700. I just love that ambition.”

Nighat in a Facebook post said, “Why you should worry about Cyber Crime Bill because it allows to prosecute children as young as 13 year old who commit cyber crime unknowingly. Not only just like the poster but share it widely and educate your networks. Collective resistance is needed!!”
In a journal she wrote “The government’s plan of introducing cyber-crime bill to monitor internet for terrorist activities, inflict several restrictions on the regular users, and violators, of the internet. Civil society fears that any such law could be misused in the name of terrorism, not least because there is no comprehensive personal data protection mechanism.”

She is also going to serve as a faculty member Asia’s first, Pakistan School on Internet Governance. After all her struggle, there is a lot more to be done. The Cyber crime bill, which has been delayed for a long time is still not made with the consent of stake holders and there is a lot to be done in future, from spreading awareness, to passing and implementing cyber crime bill, and make online space safer for every individual; because this is the current only social platform left where anyone can express their self and ideas without fear of being abandoned.