48th Session

Panel Discussion on Integration of a Gender Perspective…

27 September 2021

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Panel Discussion on Integration of a Gender Perspective - 22nd Meeting, 48th Regular Session Human Rights Council

Production Date: 
27 Sep 2021

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01:52:05

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Summary: 
Annual discussion on the integration of a gender perspective throughout the work of the Human Rights Council and that of its mechanisms - Theme: The gender digital divide in times of the COVID-19 pandemic
Description: 
The continuing gender disparities in access to and benefit from information and communications technology (ICT) reflect discrimination faced by women and girls in society, including insufficient financial resources to access ICTs; gender stereotypes that prevent their usage of ICTs; their disproportionate exposure to online harassment and sexual and gender-based violence, among others. Women and girls subjected to intersectional discrimination will often be particularly affected. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has significantly accelerated the digital transformation and highlighted the potential it has to impact human rights. Yet, greater dependency on ICTs, also bears the risk to further exacerbate the gender digital divide. Mobilization and defence of rights, for instance, has become more dependent on new technologies, changing the work of women human rights defenders. Victims or persons at risk who are not digitally literate or cannot afford the purchase of tools and data, cannot be reached. While the usage of digital communication tools can make voices heard, increase visibility of victims and attention to human rights violations, it also bears risks of surveillance, hacking and online violence. COVID-19 has also shown digital technologies' potential to fasten access to health services, such as to sexual and reproductive health services, public health initiatives, however, people who are not connected might be excluded. Sexual and gender-based violence offline and online has also spiked during the pandemic. While phone-based support and communication via social media can facilitate communication with and assist victims, lockdown with and observation by their perpetrator, or lack of access to devices has hampered their usage of this tool. The panel discussion aims: - To foster a deeper understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on the gender digital divide; - To discuss how the gender digital divide can be overcome in a sustainable and crisis-proof manner, taking into consideration the various underlying contexts in which women and girls live and the intersecting forms of discrimination they are subjected to; - To explore how the gender digital divide can better be taken into consideration in concrete crisis response and recovery measures and exchange good practices in this regard; - To discuss how the Council and its mechanisms can contribute to making COVID-19 response and recovery measures responsive to the gender digital divide. - SPEAKERS:   - Ms. Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights (Introduction) - Ms. Tlaleng Mofokeng, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health - Mr. Jaroslaw Ponder, Head of the Office for Europe at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) - Ms. Lainah Ndiweni, Legal researcher, Veritas Zimbabwe - Australia, Ambassador for Gender Equality, Ms. Julie-Ann Guivarra - European Union, Ambassdor for Gender and Diversity, European External Action Service, Ms Stella Ronner-Grubacic - Luxembourg (on behalf of a Group of Countries), Ms. Lynn Tockert - Switzerland (on behalf of a Group of Countries), Ms. Barbara Fontana - Norway (on behalf of a Group of Countries), Ms. Anniken Enersen - Chile (on behalf of a Group of Countries), Ms. Montserrat Fuentes - Barbados (on behalf of a Group of Countries), Mr. Ricardo Kellman - Lesotho (on behalf of a Group of Countries), Ms. Nthabiseng Matlhohonolofatso Lelisa - Egypt (on behalf of Group of Arab States), Ms. Enas Faisal - Israel, Ms. Adi Farjon Israel - Canada, Ms. Leslie Norton - Greece, Ms. Natalia Panourgia - National Human Rights Commission India, Ms. Jyotika Lakra - European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Federation (Joint Statement), Ms. Julia Ehrt - Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Ms. Karell Calpito - Egypt, Ms. Enas Faisal - Spain, Ms. Aurora Díaz-Rato Revuelta - France, Ms. Emmanuelle Lachausée - Food and Agriculture Organization, Mr. Celso Mendes de Carvalho - Thailand, Mr. Rongvudhi Virabutr - Angola, Ms. Margarida Rosa da Silva Izata - Viet Nam, Ms. Le Thi Tuyet Mai - India, Ms. Seema Pujani - Cyprus, Mr. Christos Makriyiannis - United Nations Population Fund, Ms. Monica Ferro - Georgia, Ms. Nino Bakradze - UN WOMEN, Ms. Adriana Quinones - Stichting CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, Ms. Poppy Stanbury - Plan International, Inc. (Joint Statement), Mr. Dorian Hall - Action Canada for Population and Development, Ms. Meghan Doherty - Ms. Tlaleng Mofokeng, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (Final Remarks) - Ms. Tatiana Vasconcelos, Disability consultant - Mr. Jaroslaw Ponder, Head of the Office for Europe at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) - Ms. Lainah Ndiweni, Legal researcher, Veritas Zimbabwe
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