WILPF and APC submit report on gender and international cyber security

WILPF and the Association for Progressive Communications have co-authored a new report looking at how and why gender matters in international cyber peace and security.

It has been prepared a as submission to the UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security.

The report identifies multiple gender-differentiated impacts of cyber operations with an international dimension, such as internet shutdowns, data breaches, and disinformation campaigns, and builds the case that these differentiated impacts need to be better accounted for and understood by policy-making and technical communities. The report explores the digital gender gap that exists within cyber diplomacy and policy professions. In order to improve gender diversity and women’s meaningful participation, thereport advocates for solutions that also address problematic underlying gender norms and stereotypes.

Read WILPF's reporting on OEWG meetings in 2019 and 2020, or view our resource page on the UN's information and communications technology processes and fact sheet on cyber peace and security.