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Let’s Stop Posting Nudes and Sex Tapes – Ladies in Media

 

You’ve probably heard a lot about sex tapes. A moment of consensual intimacy between couples.
Followed with an illegal exposure of privacy on the web. And finally, a guilt-ridden ostracized victim.
Although Ladies In Media recognizes the immense benefits of technology, we are alarmed by the
increasing evils being perpetrated in the digital space. Technology and virtual spaces are awesome
because you end up with some wholesome benefits. But just like everything else, there are some
cons to the pros, such as revenge porn.
This act of ‘sextortion’ is often used as a means to blackmail victims or to force them to continue a
relationship they do not want. Sometimes this action is used to tarnish the victim’s reputation or
hard-earned image. Unfortunately, most victims of revenge porn happen to be women.


The Digital Violence Awareness Campaign is an initiative rolled out by the Ladies in Media Network
to empower women to speak up against the violence of any form. The initiative also serves to inspire
women through highlighting struggles, vulnerability and stories of great achievers in the media
space.
The maiden edition which took place on the premise of Gh Media School on 15 March 2019, saw
great speakers including Adu Safowaah ( a pan-Africa youth empowerment ambassador and Ms
Cassie Xu (the China Africa relation executive) holding court with the students. They implored
students to take advantage of technology to improve upon their skill set, both academically and
professionally. And in doing so be mindful of sharing nude pics/movies even with trusted friends or
partners.


On 2nd April 2019, the campaign moved to Multimedia Institute of Ghana with esteem media
personalities, Vanessa Gyan and Mrs. Roselyn Felli together with Madam Shika Quaye, CEO of
Naaviq Company limited as guest speakers. They also touched on the hunting effects of sharing nude
photos online. Sharing her experience, Vanessa Gyan said social media has been very instrumental in
building her brand and business. She, therefore, pleaded with the students to take advantage of the
numerous benefits of being online.
Popular MzGee of the multimedia group had a few words to share with students on the third leg of
the campaign. Together with Mz Debbie and Ms. Charity Bartels of Information Ministry shared
some pearls of wisdom with the students on how to comport themselves online, at the Crystal
Galaxy College on 16th May 2019.
The Digital Violence awareness Campaign was finally brought to its climax at Knutsford University
College with special guests such as Diana Hopeson, Sophia Lissa (Head of Communication; Jospong
group) and Rev. Dr Comfort Asante (from Ministry of Gender). In her closing remarks, Ms. Magaret
Akua Baiden, president of Ladies in Media, appealed to the Gender Ministry and Cyber Crime Unit of
the Ghana police service to carry out education on digital violence whiles criminalizing revenge
pornography on social media.

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