UNESCO to Host Global Dialogue on Online Gendered Disinformation

Ms. Audrey Azoulay
Director General of UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will host a global dialogue on “Online Gendered Disinformation” on the occasion of the 2023 International Day of Women in Multilateralism scheduled to take place on January 25, 2023 at its Headquarters in Paris, France.

The event is aimed at advancing effective responses to online gendered disinformation and will examine the pressing global issue of social media content governance to counter gendered disinformation through a global dialogue.

The results of the global dialogue will be compiled as a set of recommendations to provide safe online spaces, free of gender-stereotypes, disinformation and hate speech to meaningfully contribute to the UNESCO Conference on regulating digital platforms taking place in February 2023.

There will be two panels for the event, the first panel will focus on the multilateral action for tackling online gendered disinformation highlighting the main issues and challenges that require the development of a gender-responsive model regulatory framework for digital platforms while the second will channel a way forward for a model regulatory framework for the digital platforms addressing key issues of transparency, content governance and moderation, context-related responses, safety and reporting tools to ensure that online spaces are safe for all women and free from gendered disinformation and gender bias while protecting freedom of expression.

The event will be moderated by Nadia Massih, Broadcast Journalist, France24. The Opening remarks will be given by UNESCO’s Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, and Gabon’s Prime Minister, H.E. Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda.

Speakers will include Jawaher Abdelhamid, Head Public Policy at Twitter MENA, Pakistan, Afghanistan; Dr Rumman Chowdhury, former Director of META at Twitter, Member of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development; Nighat Dad, member of the Facebook Oversight Board and founder of the Digital Rights Foundation; Deeyah Khan, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Creativity and Artistic Freedom – ; Irene Khan, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression ; Lixiviatio, Streamer on Twitch – ; Patrícia Campos Mello, journalist – ; Nanjala Nyabola, writer and member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism; Andrew Puddephatt, Chair, Internet Watch Foundation; Dr. Dhanaraj Thakur, Research Director, Center for Democracy and Technology and Member of the Advisory board of the organization #Shepersisted; H.E. Camila Vallejo, Minister, General Secretariat of the Government, Chile.

Closing remarks will be given by the Chairperson of UNESCO’s Executive Board, H.E. Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili, and the Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO, Tawfik Jelassi.

The nature of the event will be in-person and will take place in Room I Salle des Actes, Room V, Room I Foyer at the UNESCO’s headquarters on January 25, 2023, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Event Type: Cat VIII – Symposia, and will be communicated in French, Spanish and English languages.

Please register at https://forms.office.com/e/g8ymKzakwG for the event and contact gender.equality@unesco.org for more information.