IGF 2023 WS #237 Online Linguistic Gender Stereotypes

Wednesday, 11th October, 2023 (23:45 UTC) - Thursday, 12th October, 2023 (01:15 UTC)
WS 2 – Room A

Digital Divides & Inclusion
Gender Digital Divide

Organizer 1: Luke Rong Guang Teoh, NetMission.Asia
Organizer 2: Stella Anne Ming Hui Teoh, NetMission.Asia
Organizer 3: Bea Guevarra, 🔒NetMission.Asia

Speaker 1: Sarah Arumugam, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Dhanaraj Thakur, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Manjet Kaur Mehar Singh, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 4: Júlia Tereza Rodrigues Koole, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 5: Luke Rong Guang Teoh, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Additional Speakers

Juliana Harsianti

Umut Pajaro Velasquez

Arnaldo de Santana


Stella Anne Ming Hui Teoh, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator

Bea Guevarra, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Bea Guevarra, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Round Table - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

A. How can such online linguistic gender stereotypes affect users' perceptions of their self-worth and value? Thus, what implications does this have on the current gender digital divide? B. How can these online linguistic gender stereotypes result in negative experiences for youths, both online and in the real world? C. How can end users, especially the youth, stop and challenge these linguistic gender stereotypes online from a bottom-up or grassroots approach? D. What measures can be taken to improve the youth’s awareness of online linguistic gender stereotypes and bridge the digital divide, especially among young girls?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants will gain new knowledge on how linguistic gender stereotypes can affect their perceived self-worth; the impacts of these stereotypes could even affect their future of work and could further increase the gender digital divide. Next, participants will learn how to identify gender stereotypical language and this can better efforts in cultivating an inclusive Internet. Additionally, they will learn best practices that they can utilize to create an inclusive Internet through the power of language. Upon completing the workshop, participants will also be able to compare their experiences with gender-stereotypical language online and contrast the similarities and differences present in different cultures; this will help build a more global perspective and identify common key areas that need to be addressed to build an inclusive Internet for all.


Aligned with Theme 5 Global Digital Divides & Inclusion, this workshop focuses on the intersections of language, the Internet, and the gender digital divide. Linguistic gender stereotypes are generalizations or assumptions that people make based on someone's gender that are reflected in language (Lindvall-Östling et al., 2020). These stereotypes include beliefs about the roles, behaviors, characteristics, and abilities of individuals based on their gender (Casad & Timko, 2017). Such gender stereotypes are a common occurrence in the digital world. Moreover, according to the Internet Society, even in societies with high overall connectivity rates gender-based inequality is common. The topics discussed in this workshop include the following: Examples of linguistic gender stereotypes, the impacts of these stereotypes on Internet users and the gender digital divide as well as the best practices to challenge such stereotypes. A NetLinguistics (Internet Linguistics) and gender focussed approach will be used. The discussion will garner insights from experts in gender inclusivity, sociolinguistic scholars and youth representatives. The fruits of the discussion will hopefully spark new avenues which Internet users can use to promote more inclusive language while on the Internet. In doing so, proving that Language plays an important role in bridging the gender digital divide. Seeing as there is still more room for representation from the field of linguistics in Internet Governance, this workshop will also serve as an impetus for linguists, language scholars and students to garner interest towards the betterment of the Internet; ensuring equal representation from diverse fields in the process of creating an Internet powered by inclusive language that can hopefully uplift the marginalized and disadvantaged.

Agenda: 90 mins Introduction (5 mins) Panel Discussion (30 mins) Roundtable discussion (30 mins) Open floor Q&A (15 mins) Remarks & Summary (10 mins)

Expected Outcomes

The salient findings may be used by the Sociolinguists invited as speakers as a basis for future research and publications in the field of Sociolinguistics or other applied linguistics fields which include gender inequality and language. This would prove to be salient and up-to-date contributions to academia. The workshop organizers will also utilize the pertinent findings from the workshop as material for enablement and training sessions for youth. The key takeaways may also be incorporated as learning material for future workshops/sessions at NetMission.Asia.

Hybrid Format: To facilitate interaction between onsite and online speakers and attendees; the organizers will be allocating speaking time for all parties (+ any buffering). The workshop organizers hope to share the session output in the form of an infographic or report on NetMission.Asia website; to enable participants or other people to revisit the session outputs after the event concludes.