Women's Technology Empowerment Centre – W.TEC

W.TEC Joins 2023 -16 Days of Activism

W.TEC Joins 2023 -16 Days of Activism

Lagos, Nigeria.

“In a world where technology shapes our daily lives, ensuring a safer online space for women and girls is not just a necessity; it’s an imperative. As the curtains rise on the W.TEC’s 16 days of activism against violence directed at women and girls, the spotlight shines on a pivotal mission: fostering a digital realm free from harm and fear. This year’s campaign unfolds with a series of transformative workshops spanning Lagos and Kwara States, championing safer internet practices within educational institutions. W.TEC’s unwavering dedication to supporting this global movement extends its reach to secondary schools for girls, paving the way for empowerment and safety in the digital age.”

The “The International Day the Elimination of Violence Against Women”, kicks start the annual 16 Days Activism Against Violence Against women.

The 16 Days of Activism campaign is set aside to raise sustained awareness for the fight against gender based violence.

The campaign has become a global movement against gender based violence supported by Government institutions, CSOs, Corporate bodies and private individuals who through different forms of programmes and partnership push for the end of this global scourge.

In recent times the campaign has achieved getting new legislations, policies and practices has been put in to stop this global challenge.

At W.TEC we support the annual campaign by organising staying safe online workshops for girls and women in schools and institutions across the country. For 2023 we are holding workshops for girls in Lagos and Kwara States, focusing on the following:

  1. Techniques for staying safe online and secure their internet enabled devices,
    2. How to avoid being groomed online,
    3. How to officially report officially online sexual abuse stay and bullying.
    4. Familiarise them with cyber laws of the land to help them appreciate how to be law abiding and civil citizens online.                                                        5. Basic self-defense techniques for girls.

The Following has been our programme for activities to support the 2023 – 16 Days of Activism:

Kwara State

  1. Staying safe Online workshop for girls at C & S College, Sabo-Oke, Ilorin on Monday, 27th November, 2023.

So far a total of 668 girls and 15 teachers has participated in our series of workshops across the country in 2023.

Lagos State

  1. Staying safe Online workshop for girls at Methodist Girls High School, Yaba –

    Lagos. Held on Friday 1st December, 2023.

  1. Staying safe Online workshop for girls at Queens College Yaba Lagos (Both

    Junior and senior secondary students of the college) participated in the  

    workshop. Held on Wednesday, 7th December, 2023

  1. Staying safe Online workshop for girls at Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls

    Secondary school, Sabo – Yaba, Lagos is schedule for next week.

All our workshops  also featured  a side show on self-defense techniques for women and girls where participants are thought how females could defend themselves when attacked.

Based on feedback and observations of our participants, we discovered that the girls were quite concerned about how to securely password their apps and devices to avoid being hacked. Deep fakes from AI technology, as well as online harassments, are big sources of concern for our girls, which we addressed with them throughout our sessions to instill confidence in them.

Another issue that our authorities must address is the lack of faith in the authorities to act on internet complaints, which majority of the girls expressed doubt about our law enforcement’s ability to resolve if reported.




For more information or inquiries about this partnership and future initiatives, please contact:

Adeyemi Odutola

External Relations Lead



C & S College, Sabo-Oke, Ilorin, Kwara.
Methodist Girls High School, Lagos
Queens College, Lagos
Reagan Memorial , Lagos