IGF Best Practice Forum Gender: Access


About the IGF BPF Gender’s work and objectives:

In 2015, the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF)’s best practice forum (BPF) on Gender investigated online abuse and gender-based violence (see the output report here), and in 2016 the BPF considered women’s meaningful access to the Internet (see the output report here). These reports and outcomes have already informed discussions at various policymaking fora at global, regional and national levels.

In 2017, the Gender BPF will delve deeper into access challenges with the aim of enabling a better and richer understanding of specific communities of women’s experiences with and needs pertaining to the Internet. This is based on the understanding that women in different communities have specific needs and face different barriers when accessing the Internet. These needs and barriers need to be better understood to enable informed policymaking to address inequality in digital access.

Likewise, it is important to gather and share best practices, lessons learnt and thoughts from stakeholders working in this area, as well as from affected communities, on factors that need to be considered and integrated into initiatives that aims to address gender and meaningful access that can have positive impact on specific communities of women. This survey is part of this effort by the BPF on Gender. 

Read more about the IGF, a global multistakeholder platform that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet, here.

The survey:

The list of questions provided in the survey should respond to only one of the specific groups of women that you are focussing your input to the BPF study on, or the population an initiative is aimed at, e.g. women refugees, or women with disabilities, young women, or indigenous women.

Besides the first, second and sixth questions, these questions were drawn from the BPF Gender’s 2016 survey and report.

There are eight broad question areas in total in the survey, with a mixture of closed and open-ended questions, and questions that specifically asks for more information about the initiative you would like to share. Please note that some questions require you to provide brief details in the comment section before you are able to select another option.

Each survey is intended to respond to one specific initiative or community of women. If you have more than one initiative or community of women that you would like to share on, we thank you for your effort in responding to the survey more than once.


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