This two-day long online event is organised by Arthan in collaboration with Breakthrough India. The focus of the sessions is to understand how technology can be made gender-friendly and more accessible by women and girls. During the pandemic, and lockdown situation, the gender gap in the use and access to technology has increased. This event brings different stakeholders funders, experts, NGOs and policymakers together to look forward to solution-specific strategies. Dr Anja Kovacs from the Internet Democracy Project is invited as a guest speaker on whether technology is gender-inclusive as well as to take part as a penelist in the session on ‘Feminist Internet – An Alternative’.

In the days to come technology in various forms is going to affect and influence all spheres of our lives. Making use of technology for advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment is an integral component of SDGs. Goal 5 of the SDGs, which stands for Gender Equality, talks about, ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls. One of the targets under Goal 5 exclusively states — Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.


Date: September 222020

Time: 10.30 am — 11 am


Introduction to Building Civil Society Organisations of the Future by Arthan

Introduction to Gender & Technology track by Breakthrough

Time: 11 am — 11.30 am

Guest Speaker: Anja Kovacs (The Internet Democracy Project)

Time: 11.30 am — 1 pm

Session: Is Digital Technology Gender Inclusive?

Speakers: Gayatri Buragohain (Feminist Approach to Technology), Neha Dixit (Journalist),

Angelica Pago (Fight Inequality), Urvashi Gandhi (Breakthrough)

Time: 1.30 pm — 2 pm Guest Speaker: Bishakha Datta (Point Of View)

Time: 2 pm — 3.15 pm

Session: Reaching the Most Marginalised Women & Girls through Technology

Speakers: Isha Chitnis (Adivasi Lives Matter), Osama Manzar (Digital Empowerment Foundation), Ritika Bhatia (Khabar Lahariya), Anika Verma (Breakthrough)

Time: 3.15 pm — 3.45 pm

Guest Speaker: Paromita Vohra

Time: 3.45 pm — 5 pm

Session: Feminist Internet — An Alternative

Speakers: Anja Kovacs (The Internet Democracy Project), Anita Gurumurthy (IT for Change), Aiswarya Rao (Physician & Activist), Greeshma Kuthar (Firstpost), Barsha Chakraborty (Breakthrough)

Date: September 23, 2020 — FREE TO ALL

Time: 11.15 am — 11.30 am

Recap & Introduction by Arthan and Breakthrough

Time: 11.30 am — 1 pm

Roundtable: Stakeholders Consultation [Free Session]

Speakers: Kalpana V (Safetipin), Pradeep Nair (Ford Foundation), Sara Chamberlain (BBC Media Action), Subhalakshmi Nandi (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Subhayu Roy (Notebook), Sohini Bhattacharya (Breakthrough) and more

Please register for the event here.