IGF 2023 Town Hall #83 Measuring Gender Digital Inequality in the Global South

Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (01:00 UTC) - Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (01:30 UTC)
Room C-2

Gender Digital Divide

Tutorial - 30 Min


Despite progress in recent years, women continue to face significant barriers in accessing education and employment opportunities in technology fields. This town hall will bring together a panel of partners of the EQUALS Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age. The panel will discuss the critical importance of empowering women in education and employment in the technology sector, including emerging areas such as artificial intelligence (AI) built on the EQUALS annual report. The panelists will also share their experiences in organizing programs that have helped improve women’s digital skills and leadership in these fields.

The town hall will focus on the challenges that women face in accessing education and employment opportunities in technology fields and explore strategies for overcoming these challenges. Panelists representing diverse perspectives will discuss best practices for designing and implementing effective programs to support women in these fields.

Through this town hall, we aim to inspire and inform participants about the importance of gender diversity in technology fields and provide practical insights into how we can better support and empower women in these industries. By highlighting programs and initiatives that have helped bridge the gender gap in education and employment in the technology sector, this town hall will contribute to ongoing efforts to create a more equitable and inclusive future for women in the fields of technology.



  • Moon Choi, KAIST
  • Michael Best, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Araba Sey, Research ICT Africa and University of Washington
  • Carla Licciardello, ITU
  • Tamara Dancheva, GSMA
  • Dasom Lee, KAIST
  • Taylor De Rosa, KAIST
  • Ern Chern Khor, KAIST
  • So Young Kim, KAIST
  • Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Maria Garrido, University of Washington
  • Allison Gillwald, Research ICT Africa
  • Lilian Volcan, University of Oxford
  • Tavishi Ahluwalia, National Law University Delhi
  • Sisa Ngabaza, University of the Western Cape
  • Gloria Bonder, Latin American Postgraduate Institute of Social Sciences (FLACSO)
  • Ayanna Samuels, Oslo Met
  • Michelle F. Settecase, EY
  • Naima Hassan, Government of Somalia
  • Ayesha Zainudeen, LIRNEAsia
  • Helani Galpaya, LIRNEAsia
  • Javiera Macaya, CETIC
  • Molly Lesher, OECD
  • Leon Gwaka, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Sindhura KS, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Leslie Dwolatzky, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Moon Choi, KAIST (in person)
  • Carla Licciardello, ITU (in person)
  • Tamara Dancheva, GSMA (virtual)
  • Michael Best, Georgia Tech (virtual)


Onsite Moderator

Dasom Lee, KAIST

Online Moderator

Ern Chern Khor, KAIST


Taylor De Rosa, KAIST


4. Quality Education
5. Gender Equality
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
10. Reduced Inequalities
17. Partnerships for the Goals

Targets: This session will provide participants with an understanding of the current state of sex-disaggregated and gender-sensitive ICT data measurement in the Global South based on insights generated from the EQUALS inaugural Taking Stock report and the EQUALS Sex-Disaggregated ICT Data in Africa report. Through presentations and discussions from experts representing diverse regions and experiences, participants will gain insight into the challenges associated with collecting and monitoring sex-disaggregated and gender-sensitive ICT data. At the end of the workshop, participants will leave with an understanding of how policymakers, industry, national statistical offices (NSO), civil society, and researchers can each help overcome the gaps in measuring the gender digital divide. This workshop also provides an opportunity for participants to learn more about the EQUALS Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age, and how to get involved in efforts to generate knowledge about the existence, causes, and remedies for global gender tech inequalities. This session is closely related to SDG 5 , SDG 4 , SDG 8 , SDG 9 , SDG 10 , and SDG 17

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