Submission to OHCHR on the Gender Digital Divide

In February 2017, the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project made a submission to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on ‘Ways to Bridge the Gender Digital Divide from a Human Rights Perspective’.

The submission explores the development of a gender digital divide, discussing impediments to access to, and the effective use of, ICTs, before analysing the impact of the gender digital divide on women’s human rights. The submission then advances a human rights approach to addressing the gender digital divide, concluding:

“Human rights should serve as a foundational principle as well as a key goal of Internet governance including with respect to efforts to tackle the gender digital divide. The development and utilisation of ICTs should be guided and regulated by international human rights law in order to avoid negative rights consequences, whether intentional or unintentional. Such an approach should include respect for equality and non-discrimination, and the tripartite obligation to respect, protect and fulfil human rights.”

You can find the Project’s submission here.