Gender and Diversity in International Cyber Peace and Security

UN HQ, New York Conference Room 7
Gender and Diversity in International Cyber Peace and Security

This event took place alongside the fourth substantive session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (UN OEWG-ITC).

Building on the findings of UNIDIR’s recent publications on the topic, the side event promoted dialogue among OEWG participants on gender mainstreaming in multilateral cybersecurity processes. Panellists discussed ideas to advance gender approaches to cybersecurity and to promote women’s meaningful participation in international peace and security in cyberspace. Questions for discussion included:    

  • What do we mean by gender approaches to cybersecurity?

  • Why do we need intersectional, gender approaches to cybersecurity?

  • What practical measures could be taken by states and multilateral organizations to enhance synergies between cybersecurity processes and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda? 


  • Opening remarks by Kerry-Ann Barret, Program Manager of the OAS/CICTE Cybersecurity Program.

  • Opening remarks by Clarice Lim, Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations in New York. 

  • Daniel McBryde, Senior Policy Advisor for Global Affairs Canada, International Cyber Policy. 

  • Briony Daley Whitworth, Director of Cyber and Tech Multilateral Engagement Section, Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology Branch at the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  

  • Lisa Sharland, Senior Fellow and Director of the Protecting Civilians & Human Security Program at Stimson Center.

  • Gordina Hector-Murrell, Director of Cybersecurity at Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology of Antigua and Barbuda; WiC Fellow. 

  • Q&A session

  • Closing remarks by Moliehi Makumane, Researcher with the Security and Technology Programme at UNIDIR.

  • Networking café


March 9th, 2023, 13:15 -14:30, in UN HQ, New York Conference Room 7.


Open to all accredited and registered participants to the UN OEWG, Women in International Security and Cyberspace Fellows (WiC), Women Peace and Security experts, NY-based interested diplomats, and UN Staff.


The event was co-organized by OAS/CICTE Cybersecurity Program and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament (UNIDIR).