WSIS Special Initiative on ICTs and Gender Mainstreaming

ICTs and Gender Mainstreaming

The WSIS Process affirms the importance of promoting and maintaining gender equality and women empowerment, guaranteeing the inclusion of women in the emerging global ICT society, and emphasizes the need to fully integrate gender equality perspectives in WSIS related strategies and facilitate their implementation to ensure that the Information Society enables women’s empowerment and full participation based on equality in all spheres of society and in all decision-making processes.

Dedicated to the issues of bridging the gender divide, maintaining gender equality, and a 50/50 gender balance participation at the WSIS Forum, WSIS continues their special track of ICTs and Gender Mainstreaming. Through this special track, WSIS introduces initiatives such as the WSIS Stocktaking Repository of Women in Technology to connect women in all sectors of the ICT industry, the WSIS Gender Trendsetters to advocate and promote the inclusion of gender issues in ICT discussions, and many other interactive sessions that will be held during the upcoming WSIS Forum 2022.

Gender mainstreaming is a cross-cutting issue across all WSIS action lines, from strategies and planning through to implementation, to ensure the action lines take account of continuing gender issues, redress discrimination and contribute to ending violence and harassment.

  • Launch of Repository of Women in Tech, 04 August 2021 — Recording »

  • Brainstorming Session, 26 November, 14:00-15:00 CET — Learn more »

WSIS Gender Trendsetters

WSIS Gender Trendsetters' Pledges

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I challenge Governments to create an enabling environment for ICT and Gender Mainstreaming and pledge to continue addressing digital gender inclusion.

H. E. Neema Lugangira, Member of Parliament of Tanzania and Founder of NGO, Omuka Hub

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I pledge to continue promoting proactive engagement of female diplomats in Geneva to bring together the technical and diplomatic communities especially focusing on digital gender equality, as well as on digitalisation more generally, and I further challenge our colleague diplomats to stimulate placing higher priority on digital gender equality in their capitals.

H.E. Ms Lotte Knudsen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, European Union

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I pledge to work towards gender equality in all panels I participate in and conferences which I organize.

Mei Lin Fung, Chair and Co-Founder, People Centered Internet

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I propose that businesses adopt 'equality' as one of their company core values, and I pledge to be an advocate for the importance of promoting, maintaining and inclusion of gender equality and women empowerment.

Mr. Vala Afshar, Chief Digital Evangelist, SalesForce

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I pledge, in my work with industry, academia and government, to ensure all people of colour, First Nations peoples throughout the world, people living with disabilities, and people of all genders are recognised, embraced and called upon to share their perspectives, expertise and knowledge to create a safe, equitable future for all.

Mikaela Jade, Founder and CEO, InDigital

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I pledge to act to ensure that gender has less and less impact, and if possible none, on access to digital knowledge, education, jobs and development of each individual across the world and across different cultures.

Mr Benoit Louvel, Service Design Front Office Director, Customer Service and Operations, Orange Business Services

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I propose the prioritization of intersectionality and inclusion in enabling access to ICT tools the world over.

Kirthi Jayakumar, Coder and Creator, Saahas

I, GAB-HINGONNE Gabdibé, as a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, challenge barriers and pledge to address digital gender inclusion.

Gabdibé Gab-Hingonne, National Coordinator, Action pour l'Education and la Promotion de la Femme, TCHAD

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I pledge to support women of any race, age or location to lead, participate and engage in digital transformation across different industries and business processes.

Tatyana Kanzaveli, Founder and CEO, Open Health Network

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I pledge to support female students in building confidence and growing their ICT skills.

Natalja Rodionova, Founder, Sisters of Code and IT Academy STEP Cambodia

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I pledge to bring gender perspective to ICT discussions and decision-making, as an essential means to bridge the gender digital divide.

Ms. Elena Estavillo Flores, CEO, Centro-i para la Sociedad del Futuro - Think Tank

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I propose an activity addressing digital gender inclusion, and am willing to make a better world for all.

Ms. Fang Li, Deputy Director, Research Institute of Technology and Standard, China Academy of Information and Communication Technology

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I pledge to raise awareness of advocacy projects and initiatives aiming at gender equity in business and healthcare

Ms. Samantha Paoletti, Research and Business Development Manager, CSEM

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I enthusiastically support access to great digital education and jobs for both males and females. I look forward to a world in which all people have access to the education they need to achieve their goals.

Ms Magatte Wade, Entrepreneur, Magatte Wade

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I pledge to address digital gender inclusion for indigenous women in rural communities. I commit to developing leadership and organizing projects to improve women´s digital skills and create sustainable business models through the New Sun Road Solar Digital Community Centers.

Ms. Susana Arrechea, Digital Community Center Project Director, New Sun Road

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I challenge the high-level private and public stakeholders to address digital gender inclusion more strategically and I pledge to develop digital skills and building human capacities to match the needs of the XXIst society: although technologies are becoming increasingly affordable, the acquisition of basic digital skills remains a barrier and the digital divide persists. I also commit to strengthening youth employability, and creating new job opportunities, while ensuring the participation of girls and women in ICT in all socioeconomic sectors.

Ms Yvette Ramos, President, WOMENVAI

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I challenge the UN to develop new standards that the Venture Capital industry must uphold in order to improve women’s empowerment through, and access to, the Web, propose that the UN allocate upwards of 50% of SDG funding to ICTs that further gender equality and are building solutions for all other SDGs (i.e., by increasing funding to companies who have women in at least 50% of the C-Suite through IPO), and pledge to leverage applied behaviour design to create a diverse network of women and men in the boardroom pushing for greater digital equality that will continue to support economic and social progress over many decades, while maintaining privacy and integrity of information used on the web.

Ms Ari Qayumi, Founder and CEO, Mindful Venture Capital

As a WSIS Gender Trendsetter, I propose to be an advocate for education of girls and women with visual impairments in the Global South on the usage of assistive and mainstream technologies to enrich their lives through my domain expertise. I will also motivate girls and women with or without disabilities through motivational talks on self-empowerment by sharing my journey on overcoming challenges to become a social entrepreneur.

Ms. Vidhya Y, Co-Founder and Trustee, Vision Empower

Repository of Women in Technology

At the request of and in collaboration with WSIS Stakeholders a repository of Women in Tech has been launched. The goal is to identify and connect women leaders and practitioners in all sectors of the ICT industry from all regions and engage them in events, forums (e.g. WSIS Forum) and activities such as various workshops, training courses, networking events, aimed at fostering a dialogue on the use of ICTs as a means for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).