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The Chilling Effect: Hate, Misogyny and the Digital Information Disorder

Although the digital space continues to extend the promise of extraordinary opportunities for expanding the voice and agency of women, girls and marginalized groups, it has fallen short of our ideals. It has enabled the transfer to the online space of the misogyny that politically-active women face in person, as well as supported the deliberate assault on the political activism of women and girls by authoritarians and those with illiberal tendencies. The impact of these dynamics is to have a chilling effect on the political ambitions, engagement and empowerment of women and girls, causing many not to step forward, to withdraw or to self-censor. In a moderated conversation political women, activists, journalists and industry insiders will discuss what needs to be done to address the digital information disorder.

*The event will be available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.



  • Patrícia Campos Mello, Journalist at Folha and Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University
  • Soraya Chemaly, Author
  • Nighat Dad, Executive Director of the Digital Rights Foundation
  • Jennifer Klein, Co-Chair and Executive Director of the White House Gender Policy Council
  • Mimoza Kusari-Lila, President of Alternativa
  • Jeanine Mabunda Lioko Mudiayi, MP and former Speaker of Parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Derek Mitchell, President of the National Democratic Institute
  • Ellen Pao, CEO at Project Include