March 07, 2023 @ 13:00 – March 07, 2023 @ 14:45
International Peace Institute
777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor (Corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street)
in New York 10017

The International Peace Institute (IPI), in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York and the International Gender Champions Network, is pleased to invite you to a policy forum on “Using Innovation and Technology to Advance Gender Equality.” The event will take place at IPI on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, from 1:00 to 2:45pm EST.


Opening Remarks:
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Peace Institute
Sylvie Durrer, Director, Federal Office for Gender Equality, Federal Department of Home Affairs, Switzerland
Amb. Amandeep Singh Gill, UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Technology
Iris Bohnet, Harvard University 
Annabella Bassler, Equal Voice, Ringier
Sophie Achermann, Stop Hate Speech, Alliance F  

Adam Lupel, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, International Peace Institute


The objective of this event is to learn from examples of innovative and technological approaches to improving gender equality and to discuss how these and similar strategies can be applied more broadly to gender equality work.

Gender inequality persists around the globe. The latest available data on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 shows that the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030. Despite progress in reforming laws, closing gaps in legal protections, and removing discriminatory laws, gender equality could take up to 286 years to achieve, based on the current rate of change. Women’s representation in positions of power and decision-making remains below parity. Gender inequality in its most extreme form is expressed through gender-based violence and violence against women, which remains high both offline and online. A study of women in 51 countries revealed that 38 percent of women surveyed had personally experienced online violence, including hate speech. Online and ICT-facilitated violence against women increased during the COVID-19 global pandemic as women spent more time online. An important step toward achieving gender equality will be to make sure that women are able to participate safely and meaningfully in online spaces.

Please RSVP here to attend in-person. To participate virtually, click here.