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Human Rights, Gender & Youth

IGF 2018 DC Internet Rights and Principles: Sustainable Futures: The Internet, Human Rights, and Environmental Issues

The IRPC Meeting will focus on the emerging relationship between the - built and natural - environment and future internet designs, terms of access and use, data and content management. Be there to establish a new agenda for this important issue-area



IGF 2018 Pre-report

Main Session Human Rights, Gender and Youth #HRGenderYouth #IGF2018

Session Title: The importance of human rights as a direct link to Gender, Youth and Equality

Date: Tuesday, 13 November, 2018 

Time: 16:30 to 17:50

Session organizers:

Renata Aquino Ribeiro - MAG member - Civil Society - LAC

June Parris - MAG member - Private Sector - LAC

IGF 2018 LIGHTNING SESSION #11 Empowering women through Digital Markets: the case of Ayitic Goes Global


Presenter Name: Carolina Caeiro

Organization: LACNIC

Stakeholder Group: Technical Community

Regional Group: LAC

Gender parity in the workforce and women underrepresentation in the ICT sector are two major factors in the future of work. Ensuring women’s access to the digital economy, particularly in the least developed countries is a significant policy challenge.

IGF 2018 LIGHTNING SESSION #2 The DNS and Children’s Rights

Subtheme: Child Online Safety

The session will shed light on the iinterrelatedness between the Domain Name system and children's rights. It will elaborate on the various options to ensure children's rights to freedom of information, to particpate and play, and to protection are respected and fulfilled in regard of domain names allocation.

Key issues for the discussion:

IGF 2018 LIGHTNING SESSION #5 Trends in Digital Rights in Africa

Title: Trends in Digital Rights in Africa

The state of Digital Rights in Africa has worsened in the past 3 years. The regularity and severity of digital rights violations such as Internet shutdowns, clampdown and arrests of citizens for comments made across digital platforms have intensified, leading to great concern among civil society groups on the continent. This session seeks to provide an overview of the situation for Africa. 

Sub-theme: Freedom of Expression Online

Presenter Name: Rigobert Kenmogne, Wathagi Ndungu

Organization: Paradigm Initiative

IGF 2018 WS #139 Refugees digital rights: Necessities and Needs

IGF 2018 Pre-Session Synthesis & Short Report

- Session Type: Roundtable


- Title:  Refugees digital rights :Necessities and Needs


- Date: 11 th Nov,2018

Time: 12:20 -1:20


- Organizer(s):

Egyptian Foundation For Refugees Rights (EFRR)

 African Civil Society on information Society (ACSIS)


- Chair/Moderator: Mr. Ian Brown


- Rapporteur/Notetaker:


- List of speakers and their institutional affiliations (Indicate male/female/ transgender male/ transgender female/gender variant/prefer not to answer):


1. Mohamed Farahat(Male) Egyptian Foundation For Refugees Rights (EFRR) & African Civil Society on information Society (ACSIS)

2. Ms. Xianhong Hu (Female) (UNESCO)

3. Dr. Cisse Kane (Male) African Civil Society on information Society (ACSIS)

4. Dr. Abeer Shakweer (Female) Egyptian ministry of Communication and Information Technology

5. Mr. Sharmark Dubwo (Male ) refugees community



- Theme (as listed here):  Human Rights, Gender & Youth


- Subtheme (as listed here): Refugees                                    


- Please state no more than three (3) key messages of the discussion. [150 words or less]


For refugees Connectivity is not a luxury. The digital rights are very important for refugees in host countries , to what extent the exited legal framework is relevant to ensure refugees digital rights ?


In education. Connectivity would enable refugees to take part in online training courses and access education remotely—and, for refugee students at the secondary and university levels, it will enable them to continue their disrupted education. Without connectivity, millions of displaced children won’t get the education to improve their skills and knowledge


In Livelihoods / self-reliance. Besides, Connectivity would make it much easier for refugees to create and sustain their own businesses, as well as make remote work possible, which will be particularly important in situations in which there are constraints on the right to work or limited opportunities in the local economy, and to what extent  access to internet could change the refugees life in host or resettlement countries.

IGF 2018 WS #346 Refugee Rights and Emerging Technologies: Building Digital Futures for all?

In this session the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition brings together a group of speakers who will participate in an in-depth discussion on Internet Governance and Refugees' rights. Following on previous discussions mapping the difficulties that refugees face when accessing and participating in the online environment, the group will now be focusing on restrictions in access by design or governance (affordability, coverage, governmental restrictions) and the implications that technology used to help refugees may have on the personal lives of the subjects.

Contact Information

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Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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