Technology can be a powerful tool in the fight for gender equality and to help women develop agency in fragile and conflict-ridden environments. The digital gender divide is especially prevalent in conflict and post-conflict environments, but women have used technology as a tool to help reduce their vulnerability and isolation. How can technology be harnessed to help women build agency and reduce their vulnerability and isolation? The question raises a complex set of questions and issues related to women’s access to technology, the degree of digital literacy, and the specific needs for which the appropriate level of technology can serve–to protect women or create economic opportunities–while building the networks that enhance women’s agency. On June 22, 2023, Women In International Security (WIIS) and the Embassy of Liechtenstein held a virtual discussion on how technology can increase women’s agency in decision-making, leadership, and collective action in the face of gender-based violence.
On May 17, 2023, Women In International Security (WIIS) and the Embassy of Liechtenstein hosted a virtual discussion on how arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament efforts must identify and address the harmful impact of weapons on women and girls. This event brought together experts on gender and nuclear weapons, biological weapons, small arms, and light weapons to find new ways of acknowledging the gendered impact in arms control and disarmament debates. The discussion took stock of the ways in which weapons can harm women and girls; discussed obstacles to effective assistance and support for victims; compared best practices of acknowledging gendered harm in arms control and disarmament debates; and developed proposals for practitioners to address the disproportionate impact that weapons can have on women and girls.