The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has published the report “Gender Equality and youth: opportunities and risks of digitalization”, where Open Evidence contributed by developing a methodology for qualitative research to fill the knowledge gaps in the area of gender. The report works as part of EIGE’s contribution to monitor EU progress towards gender equality in the context of the objectives of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA).
The BPfA is an agenda for women’s empowerment which reaffirms the fundamental principle whereby the human rights of women and the girl child are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights. As an agenda for action, the BPfA seeks to promote and protect the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by women throughout their lives.
EIGE’s research shows how digital technologies are benefiting young people in access to learning, friendship, information and actions for social change. It also shows that aggressive behaviour online is anticipated and normalised. The publication explores the opportunities that digitalization for active participation can bring in youth policies, how youth accesses and uses digital technologies and young people’s personal take on digital technologies.
About the project
EIGE is the EU knowledge centre on gender equality. EIGE supports policymakers and all relevant institutions in their efforts to make equality between women and men a reality. It provides specific expertise and comparable and reliable data on gender equality in Europe. The methodology developed by Open Evidence enabled EIGE to conduct qualitative research filling knowledge gaps in the area and offering insights into benefits that new digital technologies have for girls and boys and gender-related challenges they bring along.