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No. 171 Gender and internet governance roundtable

Jac sm Kee
Association for Progressive Communications



Human Rights / Freedom of Expression on the Internet

The IGF has taken constructive steps to integrate gender equality into its space, processes and issues. This roundtable aims to strengthen this by bringing in different stakeholders (including governments, UN agencies, the private sector, civil society etc.) to dialogue on key issues, challenges and best practices on the extent to which gender has been integrated into internet governance issues. This will help to increase knowledge and understanding of gender and internet specific concerns within the internet governance framework and debates. The session also aims to provide a space for assessing and consolidating some highlights of how far gender has been successfully included at the IGF thus far.
The speakers will provide brief and specific inputs in one of the four broad thematic areas below:
a) Access and development
b) Internet governance principles and processes
c) Safety and freedoms
d) Women's right to public participation (economic, cultural, social & political)

Specific policy questions to be discussed:
* What are some of the key gender-related issues on internet governance in the related thematic area?
* What can different stakeholders do to further integrate and mainstream gender equality concerns into their existing work on internet governance?
* Sharing initiatives and best practices among different stakeholders.

Has the proponent organised a workshop with a similar subject during past IGF meetings?


Indication of how the workshop will build on but go beyond the outcomes previously reached

Previous workshops examined the issue of gender and internet governance in targeted ways. Primarily, our workshops focused on the thematic area of openness, security and privacy, as well as on a specific dimension of how the internet impacted on women and development. This is the first time that we will be organising a session that integrates gender as a crosscutting issue across different internet governance thematic areas in a comprehensive manner, where gender will be used as the primary framework to engage in this debate.

Background Paper

No background paper provided

Session Type




Ms. Jac sm Kee, Association for Progressive Communications, Civil Society, MALAYSIA, Asia-Pacific Group

Ms. Anja Kovacs, Internet Democracy Project, Civil Society, INDIA, Asia-Pacific Group

Ms. Siti Noor Laila, National Human Rights Commission, Government, INDONESIA, Asia-Pacific Group

Ms. Ishita Chaudhry, The Youth Parliament Foundation, Civil Society, INDIA, Asia-Pacific Group

Gender Dynamic Coalition - multistakeholder

Have the Proponent or any of the co-organisers organised an IGF workshop before?


The link(s) to the workshop report(s)




Panellists and Moderator

Invited panellists, individuals and organisations

= panellist or organisation has been confirmed

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Ana Cristina Neves, Ministry of Education and Science, Female, Government, PORTUGAL, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG

Karin Alexander, World Wide Web Foundation, Female, Technical Community, SOUTH AFRICA, African Group

Ayesha Hassan, ICC BASIS, Female, Private SectorBiography

Alice Munya, African Union, Female, Government, KENYA, African Group

Erika Mann, Facebook, Female, Private Sector, Director of Public Policy

Graciela Suleiman, Nupef, Female, Civil Society, BRAZIL, Latin American and Caribbean Group - GRULAC

Ishita Chaudhry, Youth Parliament Foundation, Female, Civil Society, INDIA, Asia-Pacific Group, Youth

Joy Liddicoat, Association for Progressive Communications, Female, Civil SocietyBiography

Marianne Franklin, Internet Rights and Principles Dynamic Coalition, Female, Civil Society, NEW ZEALAND, Asia-Pacific GroupBiography

Nighat Dad, Digital Rights Foundation, Female, Civil Society, PAKISTAN, Asia-Pacific GroupBiography

Parminder Singh, ITforChange, Male, Civil Society, INDIA, Asia-Pacific GroupBiography

Theresa Swineheart, Verizon Communications, Female, Private Sector, UNITED STATES, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG, Executive Director of Global Internet Policy

Ginger Paque, DIPLO, Female, Civil Society, VENEZUELA, BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF, Latin American and Caribbean Group - GRULACBiography

Siti Noor Laila, National Human Rights Commission, Female, Government, INDONESIA, Asia-Pacific Group

Anja Kovacs, Internet Democracy Project, Female, Civil Society, INDIA, Asia-Pacific GroupBiography

Google, Private Sector

Global Network Initiative, Private Sector

SIDA, Government


Jac sm Kee

Remote Moderator

Nadine Moawad


Roundtable format, moderated, with 3-5 minute inputs by participants/speakers on each of the thematic areas below:

a) Access and development
b) Internet governance principles and processes
c) Safety and freedoms
d) Women's right to public participation (economic, cultural, social &

Note: because it is a roundtable format, there will be open spaces for people who have done valuable work in this field who can show up and contribute on an equal footing to the topic at the session. Please inform the moderator

Inclusiveness of the Session

The session will be organised as an actively moderated discussion with 3-5 minute inputs by different speakers on key issues, best practices, lessons learned or recommendations on how they have approached and integrated gendered concerns or issues in the four broad thematic areas.

At the end of the session, the floor will be open for participants to provide their thoughts, questions and comments, including inputs from remote participation and a live Twitter discussion, to be hosted by the organisers.  The moderator will synthesise key points for continuity and linkage between different thematic areas.

Suitability for Remote Participation

In our past experience in organising workshops, planned Twitter conversations seem to be an effective platform for encouraging remote (and even on-site) participation. We will be organising this through GenderIT.org, the gender and ICT policy portal that have consistently covered gender and ICT issues at previous IGFs. The conversation will continue on a shared hashtag throughout the IGF, and will be synthesized and presented to the main panel as recommendations.

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