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BPF Gender and Digital Rights

IGF 2021 Best Practice Forum on Gender and Digital Rights

The Best Practice Forum on Gender and Digital Rights intends to explore the concept of gendered disinformation.

As the phenomenon of disinformation advances, it gains nuances and levels of complexity. In the current context, it is timely to explore the concept of gendered disinformation, its relation with online gender-based violence and hate speech, as well as its immediate effects on women and gender-diverse groups’ existence online and their freedom of expression.

Envisaged goals and deliverables:

  • Understand how gender based disinformation has been deployed as a strategy against women and gender-diverse groups.
  • Understand how the negative effects on digital rights spill over to other sets of rights, such as political participation, what allows gendered disinformation to be used as part of larger political projects of moral policing, censorship, and hierarchisation of citizenship and rights.
  • Map strategies and actions to halt the spread of gendered disinformation and build a less toxic environment for female and gender-diverse groups online.
  • Showcase positive initiatives that set the beginning of what can be a long term multistakeholder dialogue on gendered disinformation. 

Join the BPF Gender and Digital Rights kick-off call

Tuesday 18 May, at 14:00 UTC

Register in advance for this meeting : https://intgovforum.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIuc-mhqTwqG9J064Bb6VJvTGHjJbS7kq_Z  

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Fill in the survey !

The BPF launched a short Survey to gain initial insight in the concept of gendered disinformation, collect background information and identify expertise and resources. Help the BPF kick-start by filling in the survey ( click here for the questionnaire ). 

 

Join the mailing list and Participate 

Participation in the work of the BPF Gender and Digital Rights is free and open to all interested. Participants are expected to respect the IGF Code of ConductStakeholders interested in contributing to the work of this BPF are invited to join the dedicated mailing list. Subscriptions can be done via the link below:

http://intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_gender_intgovforum.org 

 

BPF Coordinating team

  • Chenai Chair (MAG Facilitator)
  • Amrita Choudhury (MAG Facilitator)
  • Bruna Martins dos Santos
  • Debora Albu
  • Marwa Azelmat
  • Wim Degezelle (Consultant IGF Secretariat)

Contact

For any queries related to the work of this BPF, please send us an email at [email protected] .

 

About this BPF

Since its beginning in 2015, a 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.

 

Past documents

 

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Villa Le Bocage
Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland

igf [at] un [dot] org
+41 (0) 229 173 411