Friday, 14.10.16 - Reykjavík

The gender blind spot in our digitalized world

We are in the midst of the ongoing debate about the possibilities and challenges facing our societies in the course of digitalization. But little debate takes a gender perspective into account. Digitalization is being discussed as if the labor market and other spheres of our societies were gender neutral. It is thus fair to talk about a gender blind spot in the debate.

The digitalization provides us with new possibilities of participation and access to decision making within our societies. This requires the ability to access and to help shaping these new forms of interaction and communication. But new forms of social interaction and participation also creates new forms of discrimination, cyber-harassment and violence. Most of which is directed towards women, according to research. These violations restrict women’s participation online, and ultimately women’s freedom and right to self-determination.

Digitalization should therefore not be treated as a gender neutral process that effects all citizens in the same way. The structural inequalities already inhabiting our societies won’t automatically dissolve in the digital world. So in order to make valid and fair use of all the potential deriving from the information society, we must put a special focus on the importance of gender equality and the empowerment of women within the digital arena.

This conference aims at high lighten the need for a gender perspective in shaping our digitalized world, on the labour market as well as in other spheres of our society. During the day we will take a closer look at how the digitalization influences women on the labour market, but also discuss the role of women in shaping the digitalization, and ultimately our future.

We hope you will join us!

Practical information

CenterHotel Arnarhvoll
Ingólfsstræti 1
101 Reykjavik

Conference venue:
CenterHotel Plaza, room Eyjafjallajökull and Katla
Aðalstræti 6
101 Reykjavík

In case of questions regarding the conference, please do not hesitate to contact: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Nordic Countries, Linda Larsson, +46 8454 6593


Friday, October 14th 2016, 8.30-10.00, Public seminar: “The gender blind spot in our digitalized world”

(Venue: CenterHotel Plaza, room Eyjafjallajökull)

Is there a gender blind spot in our digitalized world, and if so how can we change it? A progressive and feministic discussion on how to shape our digital future in a more (gender) equal way.

Key note speech by Gesche Joost, Digital Champion of Germany on the European Commission’s Digital Agenda initiative on “Hacker Ladies - new role models and female perspectives on the digital society”

Input by Emma Holten, online human rights activist, editor and teacher on the challenges of women’s rights in our digital world and the democratic importance of an internet free of harassment and violations of privacy.

Panel discussion with Gesche Joost, Emma Holten, Maarit Feldt-Ranta, MP Finland and the Nordic Council, Heiða Björg Hilmisdóttir, councilor of the city of Reykjavik and Susanne Andersson Secretary General for Social Democratic Women in Sweden

Moderation by Hrannar Arnarsson

FES Nordic Countries

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