A Coventry graduate who helps inspire women from minority communities will take her work to a UN delegate to tackle issues including modern slavery, trafficking and child sexual exploitation across Africa.
Stephanie Itimi will join the panel at the UN Women event, Unleashing the Potential of Youth in Africa, in Kenya this week to discuss what can be done to help women and girls in the face of the often violent and damaging crimes.
Speaking on the topic of Understanding and Breaking the Cycle of Technology Assisted Violence, the former Coventry University economics student hopes to encourage greater youth inclusion in projects to build safe digital spaces across the nation.
She will urge African governments to make cybersecurity a priority, especially in terms of protecting women and children online both through implementing cybercrime legislations and spreading education across communities.
The 23-year-old cyber intelligence analyst, said:
“The fact that I have been given a platform to share my thoughts and experiences is amazing. It’s a huge responsibility to be acting as an ambassador for so many women who may not have the opportunity to speak out.
“It is so important to get the message out that young people should be included in shaping digital projects like this. That is how we dispel false assumptions and make sure initiatives being developed are created with the intended audience in mind.”