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ICANN Initiates Gender Diversity and Participation Pilot Survey

14 June 2017

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ICANN was founded on the belief that it should reflect the diversity of the Internet community. To uphold this commitment, ICANN continues to work to ensure that anyone can participate. Promoting greater gender diversity is key to these efforts.

Information on the state of gender diversity in the ICANN community is limited. Existing ICANN data suggests that on average, at the last three ICANN meetings, less than one-third of participants were registered as female. In addition, most available diversity data uses only the male-female binary, thus excluding those who self-identify in another manner.

The ICANN organization has launched a Gender Diversity and Participation survey to contribute to ongoing discussions on this topic. The aim is to gather information on current perceptions of gender diversity and inclusivity within the ICANN community and to identify potential barriers to participation.

By understanding perceived gaps and trends, the ICANN community will be better informed in its discussions to enhance diversity and support broad, inclusive participation.

How to Participate

To participate, please visit https://go.icann.org/gendersurvey by 8 July 2017.

Responses will be anonymous, and survey responses will be used in accordance with ICANN's Privacy Policy. Once we have reviewed the survey results, we will share a report with an analysis of gaps, perceptions, and potential next steps. This data will help us identify ways to enhance gender diversity and support broad, inclusive participation.

Why the Focus on Gender Diversity?

Although gender is only one measure of diversity, the community has identified it as a priority. Understanding underlying contexts and perceptions of gender diversity can help inform discussions on other aspects of diversity, given their interconnected nature.

The survey will help clarify perceptions of gender as it relates to diversity and equality, leadership, and inclusiveness. It will also help us to understand the degree to which barriers such as familial responsibilities play a role.

Future surveys may explore other relevant aspects of diversity and will benefit from this pilot survey.

Please email any questions to gendersurvey@icann.org. Your input matters!


Sally Costerton

Sally Costerton

Sr. Advisor to President & SVP, Global Stakeholder Engagement and Interim President & CEO