AN online campaign urging consumers to be allies in fighting digital harassment of girls on various social media platforms has been launched with various activities being stage in some parts of the country.
The campaign is being spearheaded by Plan International Zambia, the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Zambia Information Communications and Technology Authority.
Speaking during online conversations the three institutions are urging social media companies to create stronger reporting mechanisms than those currently in place.
Plan International Zambia stated, “online harassment is serious, it causes real harm and its silencing girls and young women’s voices in this global pandemic when all our lives are moving online, and girls are more at risk than ever”.
And Patience Mumbi Chama, a youth advocate, said “We have a right to be heard, the future is at our finger tips it is our time to take control‘’.
Meanwhile, Wezi, a vibrant and unique artist, said she felt its best not only to celebrate the girl-child but also highlight some of the struggles they face on social media.
And the youth advisory panel of Plan International Zambia in Kabwe also urged young ladies not to be quiet about cyberbulling but come out in the open as that is the only way perpetrators will be brought to book.