Women and Girls Speak Up and Stay Safe: Media and Mobiles

9:00 am - 11:00 am UTC

Doors and breakfast: 9:00
Panel: 9:30-11:00

Women and girls are navigating an increasingly complex information space.  Larger platforms and broader freedoms have encouraged women and girls to make their voices and opinions heard, domestically and abroad. At the same time, increased harassment, trolling, and physical threats spread fear and self-censorship in women’s participation, particularly online.

Join Vodafone Americas Foundation, Internews, and invited guests for a discussion on this challenge to expression and how to safely amplify the voices of women and girls. 


Kat Duffy, moderator

As Internews’ Vice President for Global Technology Programs, Kat leads global efforts to support safe, adaptable tools and practices that enable free expression and access to information online. With Vodafone Foundation, Internews is developing a guide to digital literacy for women and girls, partnering with women leaders and technologist in East Africa. Kat previously served as the Labs Director at the Sunlight Foundation, where she guided the development of technological tools to make government and politics more accountable and transparent, and as Senior Programmatic Strategist in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. Department of State.

Khwezi Magwaza

A digital content professional and editor from Johannesburg South Africa, Khwezi is the former editor in chief of Seventeen South Africa, and has worked with Primedia Broadcasting, Africa.com, BET News, and Ebony.com. She also launched South African Broadcasting Corporation’s popular entertainment show The Real Goboza, hosted by Trevor Noah. A Ford Foundation Fellow, Khwezi is currently the Editorial Director, Girl Effect Mobile, a global digital platform connecting girls to inspiring content in 60 countries and 26 languages.

Solange Nyamulisa

A human rights advocate and journalist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Solange has served as a Communications Specialist for the UNDP and UNHCR. Solange is a journalist, currently serving as an Atlas Corps Fellow in the Africa Division at Voice of America, where she works to engage audiences and implement outreach to youth in Africa.

Emily May

Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hollaback!, Emily is an international leader in the gender justice movement. Under her leadership, Hollaback! has scaled to more than 50 cities in 25 countries. Emily brings a fresh perspective to social action in the digital age: she argues that the internet gives us new opportunities to tackle injustice by transforming discrimination from a lonely experience into a piece of a larger, public movement. Emily has a Master’s Degree in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, is an Ashoka Fellow, a Prime Movers Fellow, and winner of the TEDCity 2.0 Prize. She recently co-founded HeartMob, Hollaback!’s platform designed to support people being harassed online.

Allison Maloney

As news and politics editor at Teen Vogue, Alli Maloney is responsible for bringing the hard-hitting and heavy-weighted to a teenage audience that actively demands more from their outlets. In the past, she has worked to help produce Women in the World, as produced by The New York Times, Circa News, The Shriver Report, and written for publications like Lenny, Quartz, and Fusion.

Opening Remarks:

June Sugiyama

June has been in her current role as Director of the Vodafone Americas Foundation for more than 10 years. Previously, she served in several roles at Vodafone’s predecessors, AirTouch and Pacific Telesis International. She most recently led the Foundation’s transition towards impact through technology related programs. She also developed the Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project, a competition designed to seek the best wireless technology solutions to address critical social issues around the world.

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New York City

Free event