Kenyan advocate among three fellows picked for digital rights learning lab

Mr Wilson Wahome, Research and Consulting Lead at Lawyers Hub Kenya. [Courtesy]

A Kenyan advocate is among three fellows who have been selected to attend Paradigm Initiative's digital rights and inclusions learning lab.

The three Mr Wilson Wahome from Kenya, Tunisia's Ms Ameni Saidani and Ms Sibongile Mokapane from Lesotho were unveiled on Thursday as the winners of the 2023 Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab (DRILL) Fellowship.

The three emerged winners from a pool of 1,265 applicants drawn from across the continent who had applied for the four-month fellowship.

The program, which takes place between August and December 2023, will allow the fellows to be embedded in the digital rights and inclusion ecosystem.

Through the fellowship, PIN seeks to host innovative learning around digital rights and inclusion in Africa and serve as a space for enhanced capacity and networking.

While Mr Wahome is a Research and Consulting Lead at Lawyers Hub Kenya, Saidani is a Project Assistant at the Ibsar Association and Mokapane is an Advocacy Specialist at Politics4Her.

Wahome is an advocate specialising in the areas of technology and intellectual property. He has a background in a variety of cross-cutting issues that touch on telecommunications law, media law, data protection and privacy.

At the Lawyers Hub-Kenya, he works closely with startups and other clients and advises them on issues touching on intellectual property, data protection, telecommunications law and other contractual issues.

Saidani is a dedicated advocate with a primary focus on digital rights, particularly for individuals with disabilities.

With a comprehensive background spanning over four years in civil society engagement, Ameni has demonstrated an unyielding commitment to digital inclusivity and equity.

Holding dual Master's degrees in 'Disability and Rehabilitation' and 'Sign Language Interpretation', she blends academic prowess with hands-on experience.

On the other hand, Mokapane is a passionate human rights lawyer specialising in women's and children's rights, digital rights, and gender issues.

With an LLB and an LLM degree, she is an advocate admitted to practice and is currently working as an advocacy specialist at Politics4Her, focusing on the Women's Leadership and Political Participation portfolio.

PIN in a statement to newsrooms said the credentials reflect its commitment to fostering digital rights and inclusion.

"We are excited to welcome Ameni, Sibongile, and Wahome to the DRILL Fellowship. Their dedication to digital rights and their respective areas of expertise make them valuable additions to our community. We look forward to the positive impact they will create," read part of the statement signed by Ms Bridgette Ndlovu, the Partnerships and Engagements Officer at Paradigm Initiative.

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