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40 Women to Watch 2019: Nighat Dad protects women from cyber harassment through advocacy and policy


Nighat Dad

Nighat Dad is part of The Tempest’s 40 Women to Watch 2019, which spotlights extraordinary women and femmes making waves in their industries or passions of choice.

Nighat Dad is the co-founder of Digital Rights Foundation, an organization dedicated to enhancing the protection of human rights defenders within digital spaces.

One of the major concerns of the foundation is protecting women from cyber and workplace harassment through cybersecurity awareness. Dad and her organization help to empower women to fight back against online harassers and threats and advocates for policies to do the same. The organization also created Pakistan’s first toll-free helpline for victims of cyber harassment. By making women more aware of cybersecurity and the ability to silence their trolls, she helps to enable women to have a voice and to stand in their power.