May 16, 2024 @ 12:00 – May 16, 2024 @ 13:00

The IGC Secretariat cordially invites you to the IGC Lunch and Learn: A once-in-a-generation opportunity: Integrating Gender into the Global Digital Compact on Thursday 16 May from 12:00 to 13:00 CET.


Although the internet, digital platforms, information and communications technology (ICT), artificial intelligence (AI) and New Emerging Technologies (NETs) offer unprecedented pathways to increase women’s participation across all spheres of life, there is no denying that existing social inequalities have permeated the technology arena. The digital gender divide, persistent gender stereotypes, the under-representation of women in tech and decision-making, significant gaps in digital literacy and a rise in technology-facilitated gender-based violence threaten to reproduce and exacerbate existing inequalities.


The Global Digital Compact (GDC) - an initiative proposed by the United Nations Secretary-General and expected to be adopted at the Summit of the Future in September 2024 - promises to be a once-in-a generation-opportunity to ensure openness, security, and inclusivity in digital governance. By establishing an inclusive global framework, the Compact will outline a multi-stakeholder approach to address the challenges posed by digital technologies, including digital, data and innovation divides.


During this upcoming Lunch and Learn session titled ‘A once-in-a-generation opportunity: Integrating Gender into the Global Digital Compact’, speakers will discuss why it is crucial that gender perspectives be mainstreamed and prioritised in every dimension of the Global Digital Compact and what this centering of gender might look like and positive effects it could bring. They will share updates on the current state of play following the recent circulation of the Zero Draft of the Compact, which draws on the oral and written inputs provided during the informal consultations with Member States and Stakeholders and serves as the basis for the intergovernmental process taking place ahead of the Summit of the Future.


We will offer this event in a hybrid format. If you are available to attend in-person, please join us on the seventh floor of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), where lunch will be served. Please note that in-person attendance is limited to 25 participants and that spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Kindly RSVP by Tuesday 14 May via the following link to let us know whether you will attend in-person or online: https://gcsp-ch.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oduqppz4uGtK0GIYKvTcj73iaj0FVC02t