The BPF provides an open and inclusive multistakeholder platform for the exchange of information on online conduct and behaviour that potentially constitute abuse of and/or gender-based violence against women and girls, with the aim of collecting and compiling a helpful resource output for communities to create a safe and enabling environment for women online to participate fully in the development of an inclusive and people-centred information society. The BPF therefore asks all stakeholders to help it address the following question:
What are effective practices and policies that address, mitigate and/or prevent online abuse and gender-based violence against women?
For more details about the BPF's proposed sub-themes, methodology and provisional timeline, see the Outline & Approach and Timeline tabs. For a comprehensive description of the BPF's methodology, see Part II of Draft JP.
The BPF's work is community-driven, bottom-up and multistakeholder. To aid the process, Jac Kee (IGF MAG member; APC) acts as lead coordinator, and Anri van der Spuy (IGF Secretariat) as rapporteur.