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BPF Gender and Access

IGF 2020 Best Practice Forum on Gender and Access


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 will 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 will be 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:


     [NEW] Public survey 

     In line with its work plan, BPF Gender intends to:

    • Look at whether and how the BPF thematic issues (violence, harm, pleasure and consent online) have been brought up at the IGF since IGF 2016
    • Identify regional policy processes and spaces (if any) that tackle the BPF thematic issues (from a gender-diversity perspective)

     For this part of the BPF work, we invite you to respond to our survey. Your input will be highly appreciated.


    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 take place every second Thursday, at 13:00 UTC.

    [NEW] BPF meeting at IGF 2020: 9 November 2020 | 17:20 – 18:50 UTC 

    Past meetings

    Join the mailing list

    Stakeholders 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: 


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

    Past documents


    Контактная информация

    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