IGF 2023 WS #379 Feminist Technology: Driving Joy in the Digital Realm

Organizer 1: Neema Iyer, 🔒
Organizer 2: Irene Mwendwa, Pollicy
Organizer 3: Bonnita Nyamwire, Pollicy

Speaker 1: Anwulika Okonjo, Private Sector, African Group
Speaker 2: Neema Iyer, Private Sector, African Group
Speaker 3: Mardiya Siba Yahaya, Civil Society, African Group


Irene Mwendwa, Civil Society, African Group

Online Moderator

Bonnita Nyamwire, Civil Society, African Group


Irene Mwendwa, Civil Society, African Group


Break-out Group Discussions - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

A. How can feminist technology foster joy and empowerment in the digital realm?

B. What role do new forms of technology development play in democratising content creation and tech product development for women?

C. How can we redefine success metrics in digital spaces beyond productivity and capitalism?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants will gain an understanding of how feminist technology is reshaping digital spaces and contributing to joy and empowerment. They will learn how new and no-code technologies are democratising content creation and tech product development, thereby facilitating a more diverse and inclusive digital landscape. The session will provide participants with fresh perspectives on metrics of success, beyond capitalism and productivity, inspiring them to incorporate joy and fulfilment in their digital endeavours.



Our session will investigate the potential of feminist technology to instigate joy, creativity, and empowerment on the internet, breaking away from traditional, capitalist norms of productivity. With the rise of new technology, an increasing number of women are engaging in content creation, bringing fresh perspectives and voices to the digital world. This trend is further augmented by no-code technologies, enabling women to create tech products rapidly, without requiring extensive coding knowledge.

In this lively and engaging session, we'll examine how these technological advancements can foster an environment of joy and inclusivity, countering digital divides, and amplifying diverse voices. Our discussion will revolve around embracing these technologies as tools of empowerment, education, and learning, while challenging our participants to reconceptualize success in the digital world, with an emphasis on joy and personal fulfilment.

Expected Outcomes

The session aims to stimulate thought-provoking discussions, resulting in new ideas and strategies to cultivate joy and empowerment through feminist technology. We expect to identify potential policy recommendations for promoting inclusivity and diversity in tech. The session will inspire new collaborations and initiatives and feed into a broader manifesto on redefining success metrics in the digital world.

Hybrid Format: We will use an online platform with capabilities for interactive features, such as breakout rooms, real-time polls, and Q&A sessions. This will ensure effective engagement between onsite and online participants. All participants will be encouraged to share experiences and ideas, enhancing the richness of the session. Technical checks will be carried out prior to the session to ensure smooth participation.