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BPF Gender and Access

IGF 2020 Best Practice Forum on Gender and Access


     [NEW] Draft report available

     BPF Gender is pleased to present its draft output report –"Gender at the Internet Governance Forum", published on 30 October 2020. Community feedback on this draft report is welcome.



    • Feedback can be sent in an email or as a Word or PDF document attached to an email.
    • If a comment is on a specific section or paragraph, please indicate this clearly.


    • It is possible to submit feedback on this document until the last day of the IGF 2020 meeting (17 November). However, we would appreciate your feedback before 13 November 2020, as this would allow us to take your feedback into account during the BPF session at the IGF meeting.


    • Received feedback will be considered by the BPF coordination team for integration into the final BPF output report.

    [NEW] BPF meeting at IGF 2020

    • Join the BPF Gender meeting at IGF 2020, on 13 November 2020, 11:20 – 12:50 UTC 


    About this BPF

    Since its beginning in 2015, the Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Gender and Access has focused on different aspects of women’s meaningful access to the Internet: online abuse and gender-based violence (2015); barriers for accessing the Internet (2016); identification of the needs and challenges of diverse women’s groups with respect to Internet access (2017); the impact of supplementary models of connectivity on women’s Internet access (2018) were the topics addressed by the community; and opportunities and challenges that women face to get the necessary skills to benefit from the future of work. During these years, the BPF Gender has worked in a bottom-up process that allowed to collect, from diverse stakeholders, valuable data and anecdotal evidence of the challenges that formed the digital gender gap.

    2020 Work Plan

    In 2020, the BPF will conduct an assessment of Internet-related policy processes and spaces through a feminist approach, to determine whether and how they protect and foster participation of women and gender-diverse people, particularly young ones. The focus will be placed on Internet-related policy processes and spaces that address issues related to violence, harm, pleasure and consent online. For more details, consult the work plan linked below:

    BPF co-facilitators

    • Maria Paz Canales Loebel (MAG member)
    • Chenai Chair (MAG member)
    • Mary Rose Ofianga Rontal (MAG member)
    • Marwa Azelmat
    • Bruna Martins dos Santos
    • Sorina Teleanu (IGF Secretariat consultant)

    Upcoming meetings

    BPF meetings took place every second Thursday, at 13:00 UTC.

    Past meetings

    Join the mailing list

    Stakeholders interested in contributing to the work of this BPF are invited to join the dedicated mailing list. Subscriptions can be done via the link below: 


    For any queries related to the work of this BPF, please send us an email at [email protected].

    Past documents


    Contact Information

    United Nations
    Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

    Villa Le Bocage
    Palais des Nations,
    CH-1211 Geneva 10

    igf [at] un [dot] org
    +41 (0) 229 173 411