Two-Thirds of ICANN Community Believe More Should Be Done For Gender Diversity

By October 13, 2017 Governance No Comments

ICANN logoOver two-thirds (68%) of the ICANN community believe more should be done to increase gender diversity with the goal of increasing participation, according to a report released by ICANN Thursday on gender diversity and participation in the ICANN community.

The report was reasonably positive with most of the 584 respondents to the survey, split roughly 50/50 to female (49%) and male (48%) while 1% identified their gender in Some Other Way, and 3% Prefer Not to Say. But there is work that needs to be done.

Other key results from the survey were:

  • Over 85% do not feel excluded from events or discussions because of their gender with females perceiving the community as less inclusive than males
  • Over 75% indicated they haven’t experienced or witnessed what they perceive to be sexism or gender bias while most chose not to report the perceived sexism or gender bias they had experienced or witnessed
  • Feelings of exclusion, sexism or gender bias are most likely to occur at ICANN Meetings
    Cost is the most significant barrier to participation for all
  • More females face gender-related barriers while more males face language-related barriers
  • Over 70% would support voluntary targets to increase gender diversity while most would not support mandatory quotas
  • Two-thirds (68%) agree that more should be done to increase gender diversity among community volunteer leadership
  • Females are more likely than males and those who identify with a non-binary gender to indicate that caring/familial responsibilities impact participation

The survey report provides a question-by-question analysis of the survey data and gives proposed data-driven recommendations for the community to consider. The findings offer insights into current perceptions of gender diversity in the community, potential and perceived barriers to participation, and the community’s support for initiatives to enhance gender diversity.

ICANN have published the report and a one-page visual overview at: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/gender-diversity-participation-survey-report-2017-10-11-en