Facebook has today announced the launch of a Global Women’s Safety Advisory Board and a new women’s safety hub in the Facebook Safety Centre. Uganda’s Neema Iyer, founder of Policy, a civic technology advocacy is among the 12 expert women in the safety advisory board whom Facebook will consult whenever it’s developing new policies, products and programs related to women’s safety.
As part of its commitment to women’s safety, Facebook joins other big tech companies in signing on to the Web Foundation’s commitment to women’s safety ahead of the UN Women’s Generation Equality Forum in France (30th June -2nd July).
This is supported by a letter signed by 150 prominent women from across 6 continents including Emma Watson, Ashley Judd, Gemma Chan and Aranya Johar, former presidents and prime ministers including Michelle Bachelet, Julia Gillard and Helen Clark, journalists including Maria Ressa and Femi Oke, and sports icons like Billie Jean King.
Commenting on the announcement, Facebook’s Safety Policy Manager for Africa Middle East & Turkey Sylvia Musalangani said, “Women’s safety is an important issue around the globe and we are committed to keeping women safe from abuse, exploitation and harassment online and offline which is why we’ve established this advisory board to guide us on our policies, tools, and resources and also share their insights on key issues facing women in their communities.”
The 12 Global Women’s Safety Expert Advisors are nonprofit leaders, activists and academic experts and were established after years of working with over 200 organizations and experts in women’s safety across the world. They were instrumental in the creation of the Facebook Safety Center, and will be meeting quarterly. The advisors include: Neema Iyer, Asher Flynn , Enrica Duncan, Kalliopi Mingeirou , Lisa Moore, Tunggal Pawestir, Caitriona Gleeson Margarita Guillé Tamayo Stephanie Willman Bordat Mariane Dorothy Rosario Ji-Yeon Lee: Erica Olsen