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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. 


Help buidling a 'gendered disinformation resource list' 

The BPF is compiling a resource list to provide easy access to cornerstone documents and reading materials on the topic of gendered disinformation, intended as background for the BPF discussions and as a community resource on gendered disinformation. The resource list is a living document (current version available here).  Help us building this resource by suggesting research and reading materials via this form or to [email protected] .  

Next meeting

BPF Virtual meeting VII, 14 October, 13:00 UTC, registration 

BPF Update to the IGF Open Consultations and MAG meeting, 29 Sept (slide deck)

Report on the BPF's Learning sessions

Between May and August 2021, the BPF organised a series of learning sessions with experts and stakeholders to explore the concept of gendered disinformation. This report provides a summary to serve as background for the BPF’s work in the second half of the year.  


Meetings & Updates

Upcomming meetings

  • BPF Virtual meeting VII, 14 October, 13:00 UTC, registration 
  • BPF Virtual meeting VII, 4 November (time tbc.)


  • BPF Gender and Digital Rights workshop at the IGF 2021 annual meeting, 9 December 


Past meetings & updates


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: 


BPF Coordinating team

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



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

Información de Contacto

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Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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