The Working Group on Broadband and Gender’s 4th onsite meeting: 24 September 2015, New York, USA
On 24 September 2015, the Working Group on Broadband and Gender convened for its 4th onsite meeting in New York, USA at the UN Women HQ.
A new discussion paper from the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development aimed to mobilize the public and private sectors around concrete strategies aimed at stemming a rising tide of online violence against women and girls.
Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is already a problem of pandemic proportion; research shows that one in three women will experience some form of violence in her lifetime. With social networks still in their relative infancy, this is a problem that urgently needs to be addressed if the Net is to remain an open and empowering space for all.
The official launch of the discussion paper:
Combatting Cyber Violence Against Women & Girls: A Worldwide Wake-up Call was held in the UN HQ and opened by the Working Group Co-Chairs:
Ms Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator and Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director.
The programme of the event included the
opening remarks by Broadband Commission co-Vice Chairs:
Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO
Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin, ITU Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership on behalf of ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao
Baroness Beeban Kidron, award-winning filmmaker and iRights campaigner
The moderated panel discussion with floor interaction was led by Nidhi Tandon, the report coordinator with following Contributors:
Anita Sarkeesian, Feminist Frequency
Zoe Quinn, CVAWG survivor and Cofounder of Crash Override Network
Madeline di Nonno, CEO of Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media
Roberta Cocco, Corporate Social Responsibility and National Development Director, Microsoft Italy
Dafne Sabanes Plou, Association for Progressive Communication (APC)
Doreen Bogdan, Chief, Strategic Planning & Membership, ITU at launch event, September 24 2015
Helen Clark, Adminstrator, UNDP, ITU at launch event, September 24 2015
Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO, ITU at launch event, September 24 2015
Guest Keynote: Baroness Beeban Kidron, filmmaker and activist for iRights