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The 67th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is taking place on 6-17 March 2023. This is the first session in its history to have a specific focus on gender equality and digital technologies. APC will be bringing forward key issues around online gender-based violence, freedom of expression, the gender digital divide, disinformation and cybersecurity to strengthen women and girls’ rights, in all their diversity, in the digital space.
In this article we share APC’s priorities and a list of events that APC will be organising, co-organising or participating in. We have also put together a list of preparatory good reads here (coming soon!)
The session will coincide with International Women’s Day (IWD), which this year revolves around the motto "Embrace equity".
Here is a social media kit to help our network in engaging around #CSW67 and #IWD2023.
Social media accounts and hashtags
In addition to #CSW67 and #IWD2023, we encourage you to use thematic hashtags, such as #HumanRightsOnline #GenderDigitalDivide #FeministInternet #OnlineGenderViolence #FreedomofExpression #InternetShutdowns #GenderedDisinformation #CommunityNetworks.
You can also tag or mention @UN_CSW, @UNWomen, @UN_HRC, @UNHumanRights for #CSW67 related content.
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SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS
Do you need inspiration? Check out these messages based on our priorities to highlight during #CSW67. Post them as they are or adjust them as you see fit.
The full realisation of human rights, participation, security and well-being should be at the centre of #CSW67.
Full realisation of rights must include references to women and girls, in all their diversity. It must recognise historically unequal power relations between men and women. #CSW67 #HumanRightsOnline
Let’s promote inclusion and meaningful participation for all women and girls, in all their diversity, in the digital space. #CSW67 #HumanRightsOnline
Including women in decision making at all levels of use, design, management and governance of digital technologies helps strengthen human rights and advance gender equality. #CSW67 #HumanRightsOnline
Empowerment of women and girls cannot be fulfilled if it does not include the full realisation of human rights, participation, security and well-being of women and girls, in all their diversity. #CSW67 #HumanRightsOnline
Historically unequal power relations between men and women and systemic gender-based discrimination should be recognised for broader, effective societal change. #CSW67 #HumanRightsOnline
Bridging the gender digital divide
The digital divide can deepen other divides, inequalities and discrimination. #CSW67 #GenderDigitalDivide
We need an intersectional lens to women’s rights. Otherwise, many will continue to be excluded, such as women with disabilities, young women, migrant women, lesbian and bisexual women, transwomen and gender-diverse people. #CSW67 #GenderDigitalDivide
What does a feminist internet entail? The Feminist Principles of the Internet offer a gender and sexual rights lens on critical internet-related rights. https://feministinternet.org/en/ #CSW67 #FeministInternet
A feminist internet starts with enabling more women and girls, in all their diversity, to enjoy universal, acceptable, affordable, unconditional, open, meaningful and equal access to the internet. #CSW67 #GenderDigitalDivide #FeministInternet
What is meaningful access for women and gender-diverse communities? Affordability, digital skills, continuous access, accessibility for people with disabilities. #CSW67 #GenderDigitalDivide #FeministInternet
In order to bridge the digital divide, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. There are different and complementary access solutions such as community networks. #CSW67 #FeministInternet #CommunityNetworks
Community networks bring feminist perspectives, feminist governance models and models based on the full realisation of human rights and environmental justice. #CSW67 #FeministInternet #CommunityNetworks
Let’s open up STEM to be more inclusive and accessible to diverse groups of women, girls and gender-diverse people who have, for decades, been excluded from these fields. #CSW67 #FeministInternet
The development of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, should not be gender-biased. In the past, new digital technologies have reflected the values and biases of their developers. #CSW67 #FeministInternet #AIandHumanRights
Online gender-based violence
Online gender-based violence is the manifestation of the historically unequal power relations between men and women and systemic gender-based discrimination. #CSW67 #FeministInternet #GenderViolenceOnline
Online gender-based violence tends to have a disproportionate impact on women and girls, due to their subordinate status in society and vulnerability to violence. #CSW67 #FeministInternet #GenderViolenceOnline
Online gender-based violence can also be conducted against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. #CSW67 #FeministInternet #GenderViolenceOnline
Digital spaces are built and created from a heteronormative and patriarchal logic. #CSW67 #FeministInternet #GenderViolenceOnline
Online gender dynamics reinforce social, economic, cultural and political structures of the offline world. #CSW67 #FeministInternet #GenderViolenceOnline
Cybersecurity has a gender dimension. It is present in data collection and surveillance, as data collection never takes place in a gender-neutral setting. #CSW67 #FeministInternet #GenderViolenceOnline
Data breaches have a more severe impact on women and gender-diverse people because of historical and structural inequalities in power relations. #CSW67 #FeministInternet #GenderViolenceOnline
Internet shutdowns affect the free flow of information, which has massive implications for women and communities at risk of injustice. https://www.apc.org/en/tags/internet-shutdown #CSW67 #FeministInternet #InternetShutdowns
There are gendered impacts of internet shutdowns on personal safety, economic well-being, emotional well-being, education and connectivity. #CSW67 #FeministInternet #InternetShutdowns
Disinformation has a strong gender dimension. Women and girls are already under-represented in global media coverage, which often reinforces highly gendered stereotypes and norms. https://www.apc.org/en/news/how-can-we-address-gendered-disinformation #CSW67 #GenderedDisinformation
We need accountability for surveillance systems. Targeted smear campaigns, harassment and surveillance of communities online create a chilling effect on women and their activism. #CSW67 #GenderedDisinformation
Solutions to online gender-based violence should include research, movement building, and community-based and intergenerational approaches. #CSW67 #FeministInternet #GenderViolenceOnline
Laws on gender-based violence should put women’s rights at the centre, such as the right to bodily autonomy, self-determination, freedom of expression and sexual expression. #CSW67 #GenderViolenceOnline
The private sector must be accountable for data collection and should adopt data minimisation as a key principle of data protection. This will minimise the risk experienced by women when data breaches occur. #CSW67 #GenderViolenceOnline
We need a comprehensive definition of online gender-based violence. It should reflect the continuum of violence, common root causes and experiences of victims/survivors. #CSW67 #GenderViolenceOnline
Sex and gender should be recognised as protected characteristics for the prohibition of advocacy of hatred. #CSW67 #GenderViolenceOnline
We need guidelines on gendered hate speech and disinformation, along the lines of the Rabat Plan of Action https://www.ohchr.org/en/freedom-of-expression @UN_HRC @UNHumanRights. #CSW67 #GenderViolenceOnline
Freedom of expression
Expression is not free for many women or gender-nonconforming people. Their voices are suppressed, controlled or punished by laws, policies and patriarchal values. #CSW67#FreedomofExpression
Journalists, human rights defenders, activists and politicians are increasingly targeted for exercising their right to freedom of expression and challenging the status quo. #CSW67#FreedomofExpression
We defend the right to sexual expression as a freedom of expression issue. We strongly object to the efforts of state and non-state actors to control, surveil, regulate and restrict feminist and queer expression on the internet. #CSW67 #FreedomofExpression
States should include in their legislations the language adopted in the Human Rights Council 2022 resolution to protect, respect and ensure women’s and girls’ full enjoyment of the right to freedom of expression online and offline. #CSW67 #FreedomofExpression
States should uphold, respect and protect women’s right to freedom of expression online, including by refraining from censoring online expression and content relating to women’s sexual and reproductive rights and health. #CSW67 #FreedomofExpression
States must respect and protect the freedom of expression online of women and girls, in all their diversities. This includes refraining from censoring online expression and content relating to women’s sexual and reproductive health. #CSW67 #FreedomofExpression