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Azmina Dhrodia

Azmina Dhrodia is currently Head of Operations and Founding Advisor at Block Party, a new technology start-up working to address online harassment on social media platforms and empower users with greater controls and filters over their communications online. She was previously a Research and Policy Advisor on Technology and Human Rights at Amnesty International where she spear-headed the organization’s research, policy and advocacy on violence and abuse against women online. She has authored several reports on the issue including ‘#ToxicTwitter: Violence against Women Online’ which analyses the human rights impact of abuse against women on social media platforms, including the silencing and censoring of women’s voices – particularly women facing intersectional discrimination.

She has conducted in-depth research with dozens of high-profile female politicians, activists and journalists in the UK and US about their experiences of harassment online and has carried out extensive policy and legal analysis of company community standards and reporting mechanisms against existing international human rights standards. She has also collaborated with artificial intelligence software developers on a joint-project for the Amnesty International Decoders platform which tasked digital volunteers to crowd source and classify training data on abuse against female politicians and journalists to determine levels of abuse against women on Twitter. From 2011- 2016, she was the Campaign, Projects and Network Coordinator in the Gender, Sexuality and Identity Programme at Amnesty.

Azmina has also worked as a Policy and Advocacy Manager in the Mobile for Development Team at GSMA and focused on enabling regulatory and policy environments to increase mobile-led solutions for digital and financial inclusion for women and girls. She is an Advisor for Glitch, an organisation that aims to eradicate online abuse and promote digital citizenship and a Campaign Coach at the The Advocacy Academy, a social justice institute for young people in South London. She holds a Masters Degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia.