IGF 2021 Town Hall #8 South-South strategy on facing digital gender inequalities

Friday, 10th December, 2021 (09:45 UTC) - Friday, 10th December, 2021 (10:45 UTC)
Conference Room 7

Economic and social inclusion and sustainable development: What is the relationship between digital policy and development and the established international frameworks for social and economic inclusion set out in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and in treaties such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Conventions on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, on the Rights of the Child, and on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? How do policy makers and other stakeholders effectively connect these global instruments and interpretations to national contexts?

Round Table - U-shape - 60 Min


The largest gender gaps in internet use are in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. As countries look to grow their digital economies as part of a post-pandemic recovery, what does this strategy mean for women and girls in these regions?

This session brings together experts and advocates from these two regions to share strategies and reflect on forthcoming research from the Alliance for Affordable Internet on the costs of exclusion and the continued denial of equitable access to the internet for women and girls.

A continued failure to close the digital gender gap presents not just a moral but economic failure. This session will aim to answer the question of what strategies are most effective to change the status quo through a South-South knowledge sharing exchange across these two regions and for stakeholders throughout the world fighting for gender equality in the online world.

Our session anticipates having a majority of the participants, including our panelists, to participate online. As such, we will run our session with an ‘online-first’ approach: everyone, including participants in the room, will primarily participate through their own device. We will use the chat function to have a robust conversation and collect documentation around individual experiences within the session.


Alliance for Affordable Internet/Web Foundation
Eleanor Sarpong, Alliance for Affordable Internet/Web Foundation, Civil Society, Western European and other States Teddy Woodhouse, Alliance for Affordable Internet/Web Foundation, Civil Society, Western European and other States


Audrey Ehouman, AE Tech Consulting Ltd, Private Sector, African States Temitope Ogundipe, TechSocietal, Private Sector, African States Amrita Choudhury, Cyber Café Association of India, Civil Society, Asian-Pacific States Nila Achia, WomenInDigital, Civil Society, Asian-Pacific States

Onsite Moderator

Teddy Woodhouse

Online Moderator

Eleanor Sarpong


Eleanor Sarpong



Targets: This session will align with three SDG targets since it will discuss the digital gender gap, economic empowerment of women, and bringing more women online: 1.4 on gender equality for economic resources, 5.b on increasing women's empowerment through technology/ICT use, and 9.c on achieving universal internet access.