Since the first session of the Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes (AHC), member states have made notable progress on incorporating gender and gender equality. Member states have moved from several general initial commitments to women’s participation in treaty negotiations to some states providing more nuanced considerations of gendered dimensions of cybercrime and the importance of gender mainstreaming.
However, while some member states have made considerable progress on advocating for gender considerations in the convention, more remains to be done, especially with regards to: ensuring gender equality pertains to the entire convention; recognizing the rights of people of diverse gender identities, expressions and sexualities; and recognizing the essentiality of the right to privacy to gender and sexual equality.
Held under the fourth negotiation of the AHC, this Track 1.5 meeting will bring together policymakers and civil society to discuss the gendered impacts (implicit and explicit) of the current negotiating document.
This event is based on a briefing paper written by the Cyber Policy team in Chatham House’s International Security Programme. This event is organized as part of a project funded by Global Affairs Canada entitled ‘Towards an active civil society in global cybercrime efforts’. This event is in-person only.