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Digital Arguments – Debating from a civil society perspective

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  • Women matter - Gender in the Digital World
    5th November 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In every country, CSOs are committed to the idea and principles of social and gender justice, that every man and every woman should have equal opportunities and the freedom to pursue a life of his/her own choosing regardless of the biological gender and of social background. We know from history that even in an analogue world realities didn’t match these aspirations. Now, it is the time to review what is happening to these fundamental ideas in times of digitalisation and globalisation and whether civil society and CSOs are up to the challenges.

This event series will provide inspiring discussions for the civil society sector acknowledging that digitalisation is forever transforming our societies. Each debate should be a call to action for civil society organisations to take a more active role in shaping our digital future.

Debate 1: Women matter: gender in the digital world


Geraldine de Bastion

Geraldine is a bilingual (en/de) political scientist with an intercultural background and experience working with activists, governments, startups and NGOs across the world. Her work focuses on digital transformation and international cooperation, innovation, and human rights. Geraldine co-founded Konnektiv in 2013, advising various organisations on digital transformation.

Geraldine is also the founder of the Global Innovation Gathering (GIG), a network of grassroots innovators, social entrepreneurs, founders, and managers of makerspaces, hackerspaces, and innovation hubs. In 2018 she authored and moderated the Arte documentary “Digital Africa” which captures many of the innovators active in the GIG network.

Since 2012, she has been part of the curatorial team for the re:publica, Europe’s largest conference on the topic of the Internet and society, and regularly organizes and curates events in the field of politics and digitization. In 2018 she organised the first re:publica in Accra, Ghana with over 2000 participants and over 260 speakers from across Africa.


Kokoévi Sossouvi

Kokoévi is a French Digital Financial Services Expert with 15 years’ experience in humanitarian, social and commercial payments with non-governmental organizations  (NGOs), UN agencies, the World Bank Group, various consultancy firms and mobile telecommunications companies.

Author of multiple publications on digital payments, she has worked in over 30 countries across Europe, North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Muthoni Maingi

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