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Role of Digital Technology and Innovations in Bridging Gender-inequality for Just Sustainable Futures. 
Ayesha Subhani (Lahore School of Economics, Kashf Foundation)
Ahmad Nawaz (Lahore School of Economics)
Fariya Hashmat (Lahore School of Economics)
Asad Ghalib (Liverpool Hope University)
Issam Malki (University of Westminster)
Gender & generation Technology & innovation
Wednesday 6 July, 11:50-12:30 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

Digital Technology and innovations may play an instrumental role in overcoming Gender disparities and injustice, particularly amidst patriarchy and spatial disparities, thus leading to just sustainable futures.

Long Abstract

Digital technology and innovations in many ways may impact equitable growth and development crucial for just sustainable futures. Nonetheless, without gender-justice, the process of equitable and sustainable future is a remote possibility. Its importance is further highlighted in times of climate and ecological crises, such as during recent covid-19. This panel thus aims to invite both papers and case studies, built on quantitative and qualitative findings/results, which explore the role of digital technology and innovations in overcoming gender-inequalities, paving sustainable future pathways, in following manners:

-Digital technology and innovations, beyond its instrumental role of connectivity, may surface up as a means to reflect and mitigate gender-inequalities in health, education, income/economic opportunities, inheritance, poverty, migration, violence and many other areas constituting gender-injustice.

-Digital technology's outreach and role goes beyond the notion of connectivity and communication around the globe, while disregarding spatial, patriarchal and other divides. For example, during pandemic times, through use of digital technology and innovations such as digital apps, helplines, social media platforms and online redressal forums, collaborations were made among several social, economic, legal, civic and political institutions to address, provide redressal and to mitigate the incidents of gender inequalities, acts of violence and discrimination.

-Digital technology may also impact the supply side of gender-justice besides demand for justice, through interventionist measures in legal spheres.

Work in the said area from both non- and patriarchal social setup as well as global north and south, will be equally accommodated.

This is a paper-based and not a workshop panel, following DSA’s digital pedagogy of more focus on discussion and debate on new evidence, ideas and approach originating from the work of the contributors/presenters.

Three weeks prior to Conference-Week, contributors/presenters will be required to submit full presentations (and/or paper) in any of the forms such as video/video-with-slides/slides-with-audio/podcast/audio-only/text-only; with input of 8-12min (equivalent to 1200-1800words) excluding references. On the presentation day, each paper will be allocated a total of 10-12minutes; where each presenter will have 5-6 minutes to present while starting with a 2-3min pitch highlighting the intriguing question and main contribution, followed by 5-6minutes for chair/discussants’ comments. Thereafter, the house will open for Q&A, discussion and debate.

Accepted papers: