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BPF Gender and Access

IGF 2020 Best Practice Forum on Gender and Access



[NEW] Final output report available

The BPF Gender 2020 is pleased to present its final output report –"Gender at the Internet Governance Forum", published on 2 December 2020. 


BPF meeting at IGF 2020

The BPF Gender meeting at IGF 2020 took place on 13 November 2020, 11:20 – 12:50 UTC. The session recording is available: 


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 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 was 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

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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