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Gender BPF: Gender and Access Best Practice Forum: A short survey to help refine the work programme for 2019

Gender and Access Best Practice Forum: A short survey to help refine the work programme for 2019, July 2019

Since its launch 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 to accessing the Internet (2016); identification of the needs and challenges of diverse women’s groups with respect to Internet access (2017); and the impact of supplementary models of connectivity on women’s Internet access (2018).

During the BPF session at the 2018 IGF, the community highlighted the need to move beyond the focus on access to consider “after access” issues. By “after access” we mean, what happens once women and LGBTIQ people have some form of access to the internet? Does it mean they  are automatically able to benefit from this access? To participate online freely and with ease? To participate in the Digital Economy in ways that improves their lives?

In this context, in response to input from the broader community who have been part of this BPF, it was decided that the focus of work in 2019 will be the opportunities and challenges faced by women and LGBTIQ people who want to participate meaningfully in the digital economy. 

To help us move to the next phase of our work please respond to the following questions:

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United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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