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Digital Debate 1: The Digital Gender Gap

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  • Digital Debate 1: The Digital Gender Gap
     4th March 2021
     5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Civil Society Perspectives on the Emerging Digital World: the digital gender gap

Register now to guarentee your place in the Centre’s inaugural Digital Debate and engage with our three panelists as we address whether digitalisation is misogynist.

In all countries, CSOs are committed to the idea and principles of social and gender justice. Every person should have equal opportunities and the freedom to lead the life they want, regardless of their biological gender and social background.

We know from history that even in an analogue world reality doesn’t match these aspirations.

It is now time to review what is happening with the digital gender divide and how the COVID-19 crisis has affected women and girls. Are we getting closer to digital gender equality? Are we doing enough to transform gender norms? How do we connect the right dots to scale up projects that will achieve meaningful change? We will discuss these fundamental ideas on digitalisation and globalisation and whether civil society and CSOs are up to the challenge.

Event times in Central European Time (CET)


Barb Iverson

She teaches Interpersonal Skills and Intercultural Management at the CODE University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.


Geraldine de Bastion

Digital rights consultant and activist

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

Digital Financial Services Expert

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.


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Eili Bråstad Johannessen

Maja Kraljic

Web developer & Open source diversity and inclusion advisor

Maja is a web developer at the Association for Progressive Communications where she is building feminist internet. She focuses on the implementation of Feminist Principles of the Internet, usage of privacy-friendly open source software and best practices for web creators. She is also diversity and inclusion advisor at NLnet Foundation.

Since 2008, she has been leading tech workshops at Lesbian-Feminist University and is recently started to explore live coding of music and visuals.