APrIGF 2023 Session Proposal Submission Form
Part 1 - Lead Organizer
Contact Person
Ms. Pavitra Ramanujam
Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate) *
Association for Progressive Communications
Asia Digital Rights Lead
Economy of Residence
Primary Stakeholder Group
Civil Society
Part 2 - Session Proposal
Session Title
A Framework for Developing Gender-responsive Cybersecurity Policy
Session Format
Where do you plan to organize your session?
Onsite at the venue (with online moderator for questions and comments from remote participants)
Specific Issues for Discussion
In an increasingly digital world, with emerging technologies poised to bring significant change to cyberspace, cybersecurity is critical for both individuals and states. In Asia, states have introduced a series of policies in recent years that seek to protect national interest, critical infrastructure and safety of citizens. A crucial consideration is the impact of cybersecurity frameworks & policies on women and other gender minorities, who experience special risks and suffer consequences from particular threats.

However, the intersection of gender and cybersecurity is still a field in development. While experts recommend the integration of gender into cyber policies and norms, there is a need for more practical guidance on how this can be done. To fill this gap, APC has collaboratively created a framework for developing gender-responsive cybersecurity policy.

During this session, APC will present this framework that aims to provide practical recommendations for those seeking to uphold women & LGBTQI+ rights in and through national cybersecurity strategies and in international negotiations and processes. In the session, APC will present the framework [], its key findings and recommendations. We will also hear from the APrIGF community through breakout groups and a facilitated plenary discussion on how gender issues are understood in the context of cybersecurity in the region, the current gaps & challenges in integrating a gender perspective in cybersecurity and the usefulness of this framework in helping them to champion gender in their cybersecurity work.

With this workshop, we seek to discuss the framework, gather input for future work on this agenda and continue giving visibility to the differentiated impacts of cyber incidents on women and LGBTQI+ communities. APC also seeks to identify and work with interested stakeholders in the region to use the framework in their work and advocacies.
Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF
The session directly relates to the overarching theme of this year’s APrIGF. As the Asia-Pacific region is adapting itself to emerging technologies such as AI, cloud computing and Internet of Things, effectively strengthening cybersecurity is a must in order to ensure that people can enjoy a safe and secure digital future.

While a gender approach to cybersecurity looks keenly at how cybersecurity impacts women and other gender minorities, it is much more than that. It is a perspective that addresses the differentiated risks and impacts of cyber threats and to make cybersecurity responsive to the complex and differentiated needs, priorities and perceptions based on gender and other factors. This becomes particularly pertinent in the context of emerging technologies, which are set to bring newer and more complex cyber threats; therefore, it is crucial that we take these factors into consideration while preparing for the future of the internet.

The session falls under the Trust and Inclusion tracks. Cybersecurity and trust in cyberspace are not technical issues only. The gender perspective in cybersecurity can positively impact on the robustness and resilience of infrastructure in the face of attacks, strengthen diversity in cybersecurity and build trust amongst previously unheard stakeholders. Further, this session will seek to bring in vulnerable and marginalised groups such as women & LGBTQI+ communities into the conversation on cybersecurity, to create a more inclusive online space for all.

This session will help to collectively identify future policy advocacy and research opportunities, including unresolved questions around an intersectional gender approach to cybersecurity. Beyond this workshop, this framework will seek to provide guidance to policymakers to incorporate gender into cybersecurity legislation and strengthen civil society to engage in global and national policy spaces to advocate for the inclusion of gender into cyber policies and norms.
Methodology / Agenda (Please add rows by clicking "+" on the right)
Time frame (e.g. 5 minutes, 20 minutes, should add up to 60 minutes) Description
5 minutes Welcome and introductions by facilitator
10 minutes Facilitator will present the APC framework and key findings and recommendations. This segment will also give participants the opportunity to share examples of gender approaches in cybersecurity policies in Asia Pacific.
25 minutes Three (3) facilitated break-out groups which will discuss the following: (i) What does a gender approach to cybersecurity mean to you? (ii) What are some challenges related to applying a gender perspective to cybersecurity in the region? What are the gaps that future work on cybersecurity, gender and intersectionality should address? (iii) How could this framework be useful to bring in this gender perspective?
15 minutes Report back and plenary discussion
5 minutes Conclusion and next steps
Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)
  • Moderator (Primary)

    • Name: Pavitra Ramanujam
    • Organization: Association for Progressive Communications
    • Designation: Asia Digital Rights Lead
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: India
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Moderator (Facilitator)

    • Name: Veronica Ferrari
    • Organization: Association for Progressive Communications
    • Designation: Global Policy Advocacy Coordinator
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Argentina
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: Online
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Speaker 1

    • Name: Chat Garcia Ramilo (breakout group facilitator)
    • Organization: Association for Progressive Communications
    • Designation: Executive Director
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Philippines
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Speaker 2

    • Name: Carlos Rey Moreno (breakout group facilitator)
    • Organization: Association for Progressive Communications
    • Designation: Manager, Local Access Programme
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Australia
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Speaker 3

    • Stakeholder Group: Select One
    • Expected Presence: Select One
    • Status of Confirmation: Select One
  • Speaker 4

    • Stakeholder Group: Select One
    • Expected Presence: Select One
    • Status of Confirmation: Select One
Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.
This session will be facilitated by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) team. APC is an international civil society organization and a network of members dedicated to empowering people working for peace, human rights, development and protection of the environment, through the strategic use of digital technologies.

APC supports women, gender diverse people and vulnerable groups to safely connect and use digital technologies in ways that respond to their lived realities. We approach cybersecurity as a human rights issue since people are the ones impacted by cyber incidents and threats.

APC conducts research on these issues and monitors and engages in cyber policy development at global, regional and national levels. In Asia, APC has been working to incorporate a rights-based approach to ICT policy, including cybersecurity policies.

Pavitra Ramanujam is the APC Asia Digital Rights Lead. Pavitra coordinates APC’s digital rights work in the region, which includes a rights-based and gendered analysis and advocacy of ICT laws and policies in Asia.

Veronica Ferrari is APC Global Policy Advocacy Coordinator. Veronica coordinated the development of APC framework for developing gender-responsive cybersecurity policy and leads the engagement of the organization's global cybersecurity policy process such as the UN OEWG.

Chat García Ramilo is APC executive director. Chat has extensive experience working on the intersections of gender and ICT internationally. Chat was the manager of APC’s women’s programme from 2005 to 2012 and led multi-country ICT for development projects that focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Carlos Rey Moreno leads APC work on digital inclusion, with a focus on community networks. This includes looking at the connections between digital inclusion (and exclusion) and cybersecurity and the differentiated vulnerabilities created by the digital divide in terms of cyber attacks.
Please declare if you have any potential conflict of interest with the Program Committee 2023.
If yes, please detail the person and his/her level of engagement on your session proposal. (e.g. 1 or more of the PC members are co-hosting/moderating/speaking at the session)
Organiser and facilitator is co-convenor of the program committee.
Are you or other session contributors planning to apply for the APrIGF Fellowship Program 2023?
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