IGF 2023 Lightning Talk #38 Place and role of women in cyberspace

Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (04:50 UTC) - Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (05:20 UTC)
SC – Room H

Digital Divides & Inclusion
Gender Digital Divide

The Ministry of Digital Affairs (Poland)
Katarzyna Bis-Płaza - Director of Projects and Strategy Department, (speaker), The Ministry of Digital Affairs (Poland) Mariusz Przybyszewski - Head of State Information Architecture Unit, (moderator, rapporteur), The Ministry of Digital Affairs (Poland)


Katarzyna Bis-Płaza - Director of Projects and Strategy Department (speaker), Mariusz Przybyszewski - Head of State Information Architecture Unit, The Ministry of Digital Affairs (Poland)

Onsite Moderator

Mariusz Przybyszewski

Online Moderator

Mariusz Przybyszewski


Mariusz Przybyszewski


5. Gender Equality
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
10. Reduced Inequalities

Targets: The presented topic links with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. 5.1. End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. 5.B. Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women. 5.C. Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels. 8. Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. 8.5. By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value. 8.8. Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment. 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries. 10.2. By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status. 10.3. Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard.


Onsite and online presentation with participants interactions.

Duration (minutes)

The main focus of the speech is to highlight the seriousness of the problem of digital exclusion, and in particular the digital exclusion of women. The speakers want to emphasize what digital exclusion is and how this exclusion affects the position of women in this sphere of social and professional life. As part of the deliberations, an attempt was made to identify the causes of such disproportion in access to cyberspace and its effects (e.g. pay gap, lack of devices connected with mentioned pay gap, privacy and security concerns). It then concentrated on identifying areas where countries should work to close the gender gap in access to IT. Among other things, the need to take legislative action, implement social campaigns involving both public and private entities in this common goal was indicated. In addition, it was pointed out how much impact the new political and economic conditions resulting from the refugee crisis related to Russia's aggression against Ukraine may have on the change in the structure and proportion of employment in the IT industry. background paper https://www.gov.pl/attachment/0790c223-6fdd-4b9f-a225-8426ab074b63

All participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and comment on presentation. Participants comments will be moderated by onsite and online moderator. Online tools for collecting expressed opinions are planned to be used in real time.