Why Gender Matters in International Cyber Security

Submitted on 29 April 2020

Submitted in original language: English 

This report was submitted by WILPF and the Association for Progressive Communications to the UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security.

The report looks at how and why gender matters in international cyber peace and security. It identifies multiple gender-differentiated impacts of cyber operations with an international dimension, such as internet shutdowns, data breaches, and disinformation campaigns, and builds the case that these differentiated impacts need to be better accounted for and understood by policy-making and technical communities. The report explores the digital gender gap that exists within cyber diplomacy and policy professions. In order to improve gender diversity and women’s meaningful participation, thereport advocates for solutions that also address problematic underlying gender norms and stereotypes.

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