Gender Approaches to Cyber Security

9 December 2020
Gender Approaches to Cyber Security

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is pleased to invite you to this Informal Multi-stakeholder Cyber Dialogue.

The event will be an interactive discussion exploring the relevance of gender perspectives in cyber security. Building on discussion with the OEWG, as well as the pre-draft report, this meeting will unpack the main proposals presented so far and identify actions that are needed to turn those goals into reality.

Participants are encouraged to come prepared to discuss the following:

  • Nexus between gender sensitivity and an “open, secure, stable, accessible and peaceful ICT environment;

  • Women’s meaningful participation and leadership in cybersecurity governance processes;

  • Gender mainstreaming in norm implementation;

  • Gender-sensitive capacity-building; 

  • Gender digital divide. 

Through an active moderated discussion, panelists will take stock of current efforts and research in this area and explore practical measures that governments, international organizations, the private sector and civil society can take to advance gender sensitive approaches to national and international cyber security policies. Moreover, the discussion will consider additional relevant and platforms to advance gender equality in the cyberspace, including human rights frameworks and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.


  • Mila Francisco, Chile

  • Sirine Hijal, Canada

  • Kate Millar, LSE

  • Allison Pytlak, WILPF

  • James Shires, Leiden University


Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 14:00-15:30 (CET), Online


This discussion is organized by Canada, Chile, UNIDIR and WILPF.


Please register here