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BPF GENDER AND ACCESS: Virtual Meeting I, 2 July 2018, 13:00 p.m. UTC ‎


‎- Virtual Meeting I, 2 July 2018, 13:00 p.m. UTC -‎

‎1.‎    The first meeting of the BPF Gender and Access took place on 2 July 2018, 13:00 p.m. UTC, and was ‎moderated by Agustina Callegari. ‎
‎2.‎    The agenda (see Annex A1) for the meeting was focused on the planning.‎
‎3.‎    Each participant was again given the opportunity to introduce him- and herself, along with his or her interest in the BPF’s work. The list of meeting participants is attached as Annex A2 ‎to this Report.‎

Summary of raised key points

‎4.‎    ‎2017 BPF Gender Recap 
Last year BPF participants shared both the primary outcomes and the main challenges they ‎faced during the process. You could find the 2017 report here: ‎
‎5.‎    ‎2018 BPF Gender Work 
Following the proposal that was approved by the MAG in May, the group started to discuss ‎the scope of work for this year. We talked about the following aspects:‎
‎1.1.‎    Continuing the work done in 2017 by focusing on communities from which it was ‎not possible to gather enough information. While it is not listed on the proposal, it ‎was suggested to focus on non-binary identities and transgender.‎
‎2.1.‎    ‎ For studying the way that alternatives ways of connectivity - community networks, ‎public WiFi, free basics and TV White Spaces- are impacting on women, it was ‎suggested to narrow down the scope to two or three of them and focus on ‎meaningful access. It was also proposed to continue working with young women. 
For more information about the proposal, you can find it here: ‎
‎6.‎    Engagement with NRIs 
Gender is widely discussed in the NRIs and they are a good place for gathering information in ‎a bottom-up process. However, based on last year experience, there are concerns about the ‎methodology to get that inputs that also affects BPFs for not receiving the information. In ‎that sense, it was suggested to:‎
•    Look at the NRIS annual reports to extract information from there;‎
•    ‎   Join the NRI calls to share the aim of the BPF Gender this year.‎
‎7.‎    Besides, the possibilities to organize activities during LACIGF and APrIG was mentioned.‎
‎8.‎    Communication and promotion of the BPF
Use the @intgovforum Twitter account to promote the BPF work #BPGender2018. ‎Example: #BPGender2018 is already meeting and gathering inputs from NRIs, gender and ‎tech groups > Collaborate signing up to the list:  ‎
‎9.‎    ‎ Write blog posts about the work that has done in previous years to promote the BPF; and ‎Engage with other initiatives like EQUALS and W20.‎
‎10.‎    Call for volunteers
The group decided to make a call for volunteers as soon as possible. Please find below the ‎information to start sharing with your networks using the HT #BPGender2018.‎

Planning the Next Meeting
‎11.‎    The BPF Gender will have its second call the week of July 16-20.‎
‎12.‎    Please complete the Doodle Pool by Tuesday, July 10. Link to the Doodle Pool: ‎

Annex A1‎
Meeting Agenda

‎1.‎    Welcome and introductions
‎2.‎    BPF 2017 work recap
‎3.‎    Proposal for 2018: comments and ideas
‎4.‎    Opportunities to link with other gender initiatives
‎5.‎    Next meeting
‎6.‎    Any other business

Annex A2‎
List of participants

‎1.‎    Adama Jallow
‎2.‎    Anja Gengo ‎
‎3.‎    Debora Albu
‎4.‎    Bruna Martins dos Santos ‎
‎5.‎    Renata Aquino Ribeiro ‎
‎6.‎    Zeina B. Harb ‎
‎7.‎    Agustina Callegari

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) 229 173 678