WG9.8 Gender Diversity and ICT

est. 2001, 2009, 2018

Joint Chairs: Sisse FINKEN/Johanna SEFYRIN/Charles ESS


This WG is dedicated to research and action how different areas of society being transformed by computer technology with particular emphasis on changes in women’s work and life and how these have come about. It is based on the integration of gender studies and computer science. Membership is open to both women and men.

In this context the WG aims

  • to serve as an international, interdisciplinary communication forum and to hold discussions in workshops and conferences,
  • to exchange women’s experiences as scholars and professionals in information technology,
  • to integrate feminist perspectives into computer science,
  • to develop an understanding in the IFIP communities and national bodies of the gendered aspects in design, realisation, and implementation of information systems,
  • to propose and/or evaluate appropriate courses of action.


The topics cover the transitions from women’s traditional work to work based on modern technology, from communication within personal communities to virtual communities, from traditional gendered life to new gendered perspectives. Computerisation is understood in the narrow sense of computing systems as well as in the broader sense which includes the organisational, ethical, and social context of design and usage.

Discourses are linked to

  • the analysis of the effects of computer technology on women’s status as citizens,
  • the analysis of opportunities and risks of computerised technologies for women’s work in the paid labour force and in domestic spheres,
  • the analysis of gender perspectives in the formative and constructive processes of computers and information systems,
  • the analysis of gender in computing education and educational strategies for girls and women.