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Getting ready for the 2020 International Women’s Day: an Advocacy Kit for Libraries

International Women’s Day - 8 March - is drawing near, and this year’s celebrations will hold special significance in light of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. For libraries, this is an opportunity to join in the global discussion, celebrate the achievements, reflect on lessons learned and chart future action towards gender equality.

12 Février 2020 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Women’s issues

Libraries for a Better Internet: Safer Internet Day 2020

Libraries work to protect the online safety and wellbeing of their patrons and communities by promoting digital literacy and offering inclusive ICT skills training and assistance. On Safer Internet Day 2020, libraries in many countries are joining the campaign to raise awareness and help children and young people develop the skills for safe and responsible Internet use.

10 Février 2020 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Children, Digital inclusion, Internet access, Young adults

IFLA Input to a Report on New Information Technologies and Racial Equality

The UN OHCHR Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance has launched a call for submissions to prepare a report on new information technologies, racial equality, and non-discrimination. IFLA has prepared a submission for this call for inputs, focusing on library experiences and interests.

4 Février 2020 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital inclusion, Racial equality, non-discrimination

Now available: Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action - Briefing for Libraries

The 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action set out an ambitious UN agenda to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality. 2020 marks their 25th anniversary, and a large-scale review has been launched to assess the progress made towards implementing the Declaration and the Platform. This review process offers libraries an opportunity to reflect on how their work can help advance gender equality and take further action. This briefing examines the role that access to information, knowledge and lifelong learning play in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; as well as library activities and initiatives noted in national reports prepared as part of the Beijing+25 review.

21 Janvier 2020 | Access to information, Access to knowledge, Gender equality

A Unique Potential, A Real Responsibility: Libraries Mark Human Rights Day 2019

Today is Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. To help libraries and others reflect on the state of fundamental rights where they are, IFLA has released its Intellectual Freedom Checklist.

10 Décembre 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Human rights, Intellectual freedom

IFLA at IGF 2019

Between 25 and 29 November 2019, IFLA participated in the 14th annual Internet Governance Forum meeting in Berlin. The key messages IFLA emphasised were the importance of policy support for public access in libraries, the role of libraries in enabling meaningful connectivity, and in generating meaningful internet content through digitisation efforts.

2 Décembre 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Germany, Internet governance, IGF, Public Access, Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries

A Look Ahead to the 2019 Annual Internet Governance Forum Meeting

Between 25 and 29 November, 2019, IFLA will be taking part in the 14th annual Internet Governance Forum meeting in Berlin. IFLA has participated in IGF events since 2008; and we continue our involvement in policy discussions relevant for the library field: public internet access facilities, digital and information literacy, intellectual freedom in the digital sphere, and many others.

21 Novembre 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital divide, Digital inclusion

IFLA Input to 2019 WSIS Review

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process is a UN-based initiative to bridge the digital divide, foster an inclusive information society and promote the use of ICT for development. Libraries have an important role to play in achieving these goals, and IFLA has been actively involved with the WSIS process since its first phase in Geneva in 2003. This includes contributing to annual reports to take stock of the progress made towards the WSIS Action Lines and Targets – and the 2019 IFLA submission is now available!

1 Novembre 2019 | Access to information, Digital inclusion, Public Access

Libraries Defending and Delivering on Fundamental Rights in Croatia and the United States

IFLA has worked with FAIFE committee members from Croatia and the United States to prepare submissions for the Universal Periodic Reviews organised by the UN Human Rights Council.

8 Octobre 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital inclusion, Human rights

The Human and the Algorithm: Response to Council of Europe’s Draft Recommendation on Human Right Impacts of Algorithmic Systems

In July 2019, the Council of Europe invited public feedback on its draft recommendation on the human rights impacts of algorithmic systems. IFLA, through its Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Information, has responded, highlighting the issues and priorities of libraries.

17 Septembre 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital inclusion, Human rights

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