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Monday, December 18 • 11:50 - 13:20
A Playbook for Gender Equality: How to Harness the Power of Digital Media & Emerging Tech (WS57)

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Organizer's Name: Ms. Marketa Geislerova
Organization: Global Affairs Canada
Co-Organizer's Name: Ms. Deborah Brown
Organization: Association of Progressive Communications

Marketa Geislerova,
the Digital inclusion Lab,
Office of Human Rights Freedoms and Inclusion
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive, Floor A3
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1A 0G2


Deborah Brown, APC

Association of Progressive Communications
APC Executive Director's Office
PO Box 29755, Melville 2109, South Africa
Civil Society Association

Session Format: Round Table and Workshop - 90 Min

Moderator: Tara Denham, Director, Democracy Division, Global Affairs Canada

Provocations (20 minutes)

Valentina Hvale Pellizzer, Association for Progressive Communications

What do you think are some of the concrete opportunities and challenges digital technologies pose for gender equality? Do you think that the spectrum is balanced?

Dhyta Caturani, Indonesia-based human rights and women rights activist

How would you assess the state of gender equality in the context of digital media and ICTs today? What issues do you consider to be the most critical?

Irene Poetranto, The Citizen Lab

What effects do cyber policies and regulations have on women and girls? What digital and emerging technologies hold for gender equality if we do not address some of the negative trends we are seeing today? How are Internet censorship, filtering, and surveillance used by some states or proxies affecting women?

Farhaan Ladhani, Perennial, Digital Public Square

Are emerging technologies such as AI a game changer for gender equality? What are some of the opportunities and risks related to these technologies?

Chasers and Clarification (10 minutes) - quick questions and answers with the audience

Building the Playbook (50 minutes)

  1. Survey highlights and game plan - Tara Denham (5 minutes)
  2. Create 4 groups based on broader areas of engagement for gender equality identified in the survey
  3. Each group, led by the four panelists, should strive to:
  • Validate or challenge the strategies for gender equality
  • Outline the "How" or action points
  • If possible, make a concrete commitment to advance gender equality

      4. Opportunity to contribute to another area of engagement/group (15 minutes)

Key take-aways and next steps (10 minutes)

Relevance of the Session:
Shape your Digital Future.

Digital and emerging technologies like Internet, mobile phones and artificial intelligence have the potential to promote gender equality and to combat violence against women and girls (VAWG). But that is not the trend that we currently see. The time is ripe for a discussion of how digital and emerging technologies affect gender equality, and how they can be used to promote a more inclusive world where women are on a level playing field. The objective of the roundtable discussion is to inform and contribute to the creation of a Playbook for Gender Equality in the Digital Age, that will raise awareness on pressing issues at the intersection of digital technologies and gender equality, and lay the ground for the creation of a multi-stakeholder network aimed at ensuring that our collective digital future is positive and empowering for all.
Tag 1: Gender 
Tag 2: Cyber VAWG
Tag 3: Artifical Intelligence
Onsite Moderator: Tara Denham
Online Moderator: Marc-André Argentino
Rapporteur: Marketa Geislerova


Session Organizers

Marketa Geislerova

Senior Analyst, Global Affairs Canada

Jennifer Jeppsson

Senior Investment Officer, Global Affairs Canada

Monday December 18, 2017 11:50 - 13:20 CET
Room XXVI - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)