establishing new norms, now
a growing, global gender equality & democracy CSO
based in Geneva
focusing on systems change
by helping feminists gain influence in sectors
that have key structural impact:
technology, economy, sustainability, democracy and governance.
Gender & Cities
The Smart Feminist City 3.0
Democracy & Governance:
International Gender Champions
a leadership network that brings together female & male decision-makers to break down gender barriers for system change.
An initiative conceived by Women at the Table
co-founded in 2015 with
the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Office in Geneva
& the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva.
feminist foreign policy
Help us ideate what feminist foreign policy should look like in the 2020s
Democracy & Governance:
UN Treaty Bodies --
Review in 2020
Our institutions & the international community must show leadership in achieving gender equality within UN Treaty Bodies.
If they can't, who can?
It's time to turn words into accountability and concrete action.
Some of 2020
EY Ripples Collaboration
Q1 January, February, March
'At The Table' chosen by EY as a sustainable enterprise begins work with EY Ripples to model our sustainable 'At The Table' Business Model + Plan.
With a full-time EY consultant in-house for January, February, March.
IGC AI Impact Group
Women at the Table convenes 1st Algorithms 101 meeting for a new International Gender Champions AI Impact Group
Women at the Table will be at the House of Switzerland during Davos 2020
'At the Table' Podcast
Our podcast At the Table: Feminist Algorithms launches in conversation with feminist innovators. Season one will focus on inclusive technology.
World Urban Forum 10
8-11 February Abu Dhabi
Women at the Table will be at WUF10
the biennial World Urban Forum being held this year in Abu Dhabi
moderating the Women's Roundtable
(+ proud to be on UN-Habitat's Gender Assembly Steering Committee)
<AI & Gender>:
A Human Rights Toolbox Pilot at EPFL
13 February Lausanne
Women at the Table's pilot Workshop in collaboration with
EPFL's Digital Humanities Institute, the EPFL
Equalities Office, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights' OHCHR Women's Rights & Gender Section on
<AI & Gender>: A Human Rights Approach
Gender Gap Application,
February - July, Lausanne + Geneva
EPFL Computer Science Masters Student begins
full- time on launch version of
open source software - g-app -
our gender gap application, going from beta June 2019 at WMO to launch at IUCN June 2020
to measure women's participation & influence in international assemblies
Global Women's Forum 20:
Power of Influence
16-17 February, Dubai
Women at the Table speak at Plenary
Revolution 4.0: A new paradigm for the workforce
at the Global Women's Forum 20:
The Power of Influence
speaking about AI, inclusive algorithms & the 4th Industrial Revolution
Digital Society Initiative
Women at the Table outreach luncheon with the Digital Society Initiative, University of Zürich on the <A+> Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms
#FEMALE PLEASURE Screening
26 February, 1830-2100, Graduate Institute Ivan Pictet Auditorium, Geneva
#FEMALE PLEASURE five courageous, self-determined women breaking the silence imposed by their societies and religious communities from Japan and India and the Somali Muslim diaspora to the Hasidic community in Brooklyn and Catholic clergy in Europe.
The feature documentary by Swiss filmmaker Barbara Miller followed by panel discussion with:
27 February, 0830- 0930
Breakfast Briefing with Dr. Leyla Hussein OBE, anti-FGM activist
An intimate breakfast briefing
(after the screening of #FEMALE PLEASURE the evening before at the Graduate Institute Pictet Auditorium)
which will allow Dr Leyla Hussein OBE featured in the award winning film to share her personal journey as well as the day-to-day work she undertakes to shine a spotlight on the human rights challenges women and girls face daily in the context of FGM.
In light of the 25th anniversary of the BDPfA and focus on FGM, this briefing seeks to consider the current challenges and ways forward in achieving the BDPfA and SDGs as well as in the context of anticipated June/July 2020 HRC discussions.
The discussion will be held under Chatham House Rules. Invitation Only.
Breakfast will be served.
5 March, 0830-1000
WATCH ON FACEBOOK LIVE
Restaurant des Délégués, Palais des Nations, Geneva
International Women’s Day
Climate Justice / Gender Justice
in the run-up to The Generation Equality Forum
Feminist action for climate justice is one of the six Action Coalitions that will develop a set of concrete, ambitious, and transformative actions that Coalition members will take between 2020 and 2025 to achieve immediate and irreversible progress towards gender equality.
Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Fiji to the United Nations in Geneva
Marie-Claire Graf, Global Youth Advocate & Climate Activist
11 March, 1130-1300
EU Delegation to the UN, New York
Briefing with the EU Delegation to the UN
In this crucial moment when AI is transforming every aspect of our lives and the very fabric of our society - potentially the greatest global paradigm shift yet - it is crystal clear that AI and ADM must be grounded in human rights. Similarly, inclusion and gender equality - the very heart of human rights - must be at the centre of AI and ADM. Affirmative Action for Algorithms (<A+>) is needed in order to correct real life bias and barriers that prevent women from achieving full participation and rights in the present, and in the future, we invent.
12 March, 1230-1400
Salvation Army Auditorium, 221 East 52nd, New York
<Coding Gender Equality>
Open Feminist Forum
In this critical year for women’s rights – 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action and 5 years until the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal we must look towards an inclusive future, and tackle bias in ICTs and the accompanying data gender gap, place it and keep it firmly at the top of the multilateral agenda. This is particularly urgent given the scale at which Automated Decision-Making (ADM) systems are being deployed.
The side event sets out the landscape for gender bias in ADM, highlighting the alarming prevalence of real-world examples of gender bias in ADM and machine learning, and aims to deepen individual awareness and knowledge of the relevance of gender in ADM and the real-life constraints that hinder gender equality in ADM including the data gender gap. The side event seeks to create a space for the international and civil society communities to fuel creativity and invigorate focus on gender equality in ADM.
Some Cool Swiss Cancelled Spring 2020 Algorithm Events
VIRTUAL ALGORITHMS 101 with
April 1, 15, 29
Online Series #1
a biweekly multidisciplinary series in April to set the landscape of gender bias in ADM (highlighting real world examples) and share best practices and innovative tools and practices not only to mitigate,
but to correct for gender and racial bias in AI & ADM.
Why and where can algorithms be gender biased? What practical tools and solutions can be used to mitigate and proactively correct for real life gender biases in AI? With the explosion of new technologies and the data revolution, what happens next? How can we use a human rights framework to ensure inclusion and gender equality in algorithms in the future we create? What is a feminist vision for an inclusive digital future?
Feminist AI Research Network
INVITATION ONLY for
April - June
With <A+> Alliance, Gender at Work, and IDRC:
A weekly global & multi-disciplinary exploration from Vancouver to Buenos Aires, Geneva to Rio, Nairobi to Delhi, Mumbai to Santiago, on potential Feminist AI research agenda going forward. With initial focus on:
Feminist Research Methodology
Inclusive Data Collection
Social Norms Change
bsi. British Standards Institution. Diversity & Inclusivity Advisory Panel
Online with bsi. 2020
As a follow on to the Gender Responsive Standards Declaration BSI has formed a Diversity & Inclusivity Panel to
•create a more diverse and inclusive community of BSI standards-makers
•create an inclusive standards-making environment and process
•create more inclusive standards which responsively address different human and stakeholder needs
Women at the Table is proud to Chair this panel.
foraus: What should a feminist foreign policy look like in the 2020s?
22 April 1800-2030 CET
Join the transnational Policy Kitchen challenge and develop your proposals for a Feminist Foreign Policy in this workshop!
An expert input will be provided by:
Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Founder/ CEO, Women at the Table
Gabriella Irsten, Policy & Advocacy Officer, WILPF
Find out more about the challenge and 6 additional workshops here.
Now is a pivotal moment for mapping the future development of a feminist foreign policy agenda.
Using the collaborative online platform Policy Kitchen, as well as a series of online workshops , the Open Think Tank Network - Agora (UK), Argo (FR), foraus (CH), Polis180 (DE) and Ponto (AT) - invites experts and the public to address this question From April to May, submit your proposals online here or join one of the interactive ideation workshops.
Algorithms 101: Advocacy
6 May 1500-1545 CET
Join <A+> Alliance co-founders:
Renata Avila, of ciudadania inteligente &
Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Women at the Table
as they celebrate their <A+> Alliance inclusion in Fast Company's 2020 World Changing Ideas: AI & Data
and talk about plans for advocacy for an inclusive, feminist, democratic, accountable future.
AI for Good
The Future of Gender, AI + Gender
5 May 1800-1730CET
with ITU &
the X Prize
Andy Coravos, CEO / Co-Founder, Elektra Labs
Kishau Rogers, CEO/Founder Time Study Inc.
Caitlin Kraft-Buchman CEO/Founder Women at the Table
Ida Tin CEO/Co-Founder Clue
Neama Dadkhahnikoo, XPRIZE
Launch of <A+ Global Directory>
26 May online
AI for Democracy & Women's Rights
Let's build a new world
<A+ Global Directory> from <A+ Alliance> and Gender at Work suppoted by the IDRC, a multidisciplinary cohort of global experts from around the globe working to lift gender & racial bias from Artificial Intelligence + Automated Decision-Making Systems
Intelligent Health AI
12:40 - 13:20 CET
Hardwiring Equity into Health through AI:
Women Leading in Global Health
Rachel Sibande, Program Director, Data for Development, Digital Impact Alliance, UN Foundation
Associate Data Scientist, Center for Digital Acceleration, DAI Global Health
Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, CEO/Founder, Women At The Table
Moderator: Roopa Dhatt, Executive Director, Women in Global Health
AI for Good
Gender Breakthrough Track
As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning replace manual design and human oversight, society gains efficiency. However, the inputs used to determine these machine-made choices rely on flawed data that lacks critical information about female preferences, behaviours, and needs.
AI is learning gender bias from humans. Biased data leads to biased insights, biased algorithms, biased solutions and policies, and ultimately a biased world that is designed only to meet the needs of the few. However, if harnessed for good, AI and machine learning can create a future in which unbiased insights tell the story of all humanity —not just a subset of it.
With <A+> Alliance, Gender at Work, and the IDRC we launch the second cohort of the Feminist AI Research Network gathering a multi-disciplinary array of technologists from Africa, Latin America and Asia to contemplate new systems and new structures for the times ahead.
"The Importance of diversity in AI in healthcare"
Una-May O'Reilly, MIT,
ALFA Group at MIT-CSAIL
Mylynn Tufte, North Dakota State Health Officer
Judy Wawira Gichoya,
Emory University School of Medicine
Katherine Heller, Duke University, School Statistical Science
Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, CEO/Founder, Women at the Table
w@tt we do
Galvanizing women’s influence & establishing new norms
a growing global civil society organization based in Geneva, Switzerland
the first organization to focus on systems change by helping feminists gain influence in sectors that have key structural impact: economy, democracy and governance, technology and sustainability.
Women at the Table exposes the systematic exclusion of women in defining the rules – and pinpoints strategic changes to laws, regulations and norms to achieve gender equality and strengthen democracy. By connecting the right people, at the right place at the right time, women are influentially involved in all levels of decision-making, so change can happen now.
International Gender Champions
Our first initiative in 2015
One of w@tt’s first initiatives was conceiving and founding the International Gender Champions (IGC) with the then US Ambassador and UN Director-General in Geneva to form a collaborative network of senior female & male decision-makers who drive systems change. Using implementation of practical interventions to promote equality IGC now numbers 300+ Champions including the Secretary-General of the UN, Heads of many if not most International Organizations, NGOs, Ambassadors and private sector.
Currently IGC has hubs in Geneva, New York, Vienna, Nairobi, Paris; IGC-Den Haag launched winter 2019 at the International Criminal Court. IGC-Paris launched autumn 2019 under the watchful eye of President Macron at the Paris Peace Forum. The IGC Impact Groups are focused on movement and action.
Our first Impact Group and coalition
Created for impact, IGC currently mobilizes Champion-led consortiums on Representation, Trade, Standards and Disarmament and International Justice.
Its political action and draft of its Trade Impact Group’s Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment became the Buenos Aires Joint Declaration on Women and Trade, which was joined at the WTO Ministerial in December 2017 by an unexpected 120+ Member States and Observers, making it the first time in WTO, and GATT, history that women are mentioned in an official context of international trade. (Watch the short video with the amazing Arancha Gonzalez in the thumbnail.)
The Declaration is critical in that it institutionally encourages countries to identify impact of trade on women and to take this into consideration in their trade agreements; with a potential massive impact on women’s economic status globally.
w@tt and IGC continue their trade work in collaboration with the International Trade Centre, Iceland, Sierra Leone and Botswana who co-chair the group, with a 13 member circle of Member States, (Canada, EU, Argentina, UK, Australia, Korea, Moldova, Kenya, Pakistan, Chile, Costa Rica), IOs (UNCTAD), NGOs (CUTS, ICTSD) with an action plan for change taking them to the WTO Ministerial in 2020.
leverage points in intricate systems
Women at the Table identifies leverage points in the intricate yet fundamental systems that dictate women’s day-to-day lives. We also spotlight and support women change-makers in order to share multiple, varied visions of women’s leadership and innovation.
establishing new norms
Women are an essential, untapped resource – with the power to reshape our society’s systems. It is crucial that we focus on gender equality and democracy for both women and men, now.
Then everyone can thrive.
Partnerships & Collaborations 2020
Women@TheTable is honored to be collaborating with some trailblazing organizations, and their exceptional members & grantees in 2020 including...
World Changing Ideas 2020
The <A+> Alliance was honoured to be an AI & Data Finalist in Fast Company's World Changing Ideas 2020 for projects that harness the power of data, machine learning, or artificial intelligence to understand the world and empower change
for Inclusive Algorithms
co-led by Women at the Table & Ciudadania Inteligente:
A global coalition of technologists, activists and academics who focus on affirmative action for algorithms and creating gender equality, so that machine learning does not embed an already biased system into our future.
Our <A+> Alliance partners, a Latin American, inclusive and feminist organization that fights for social justice and for the transformation of democracies.
for Technology & Innovation for Gender Equality
A great honour, and one of our new, exciting work streams for 2020-2025, the <A+> Alliance was chosen to be Leadership with Global Fund for Women, UNICEF, ITU, and Governments of Finland, Tunisia and Armenia for UN Women’s Generation Equality Action Coalition for Technology and Innovation for Gender Equality.
Addressing issues of global, social and environmental concern
Strong women’s movements are key to creating and sustaining social, cultural and political change. Therefore, Oak invests in the people, organisations and networks that build these movements.
The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA supports our work on Inclusive Algorithms
Supports our <A+> Alliance work on the f<A+i>r feminist artificial intelligence research network
works with <A+> Alliance on our <A+> launch, FAIR Forward-Artifical Intelligence for All, and Open for Good Alliance
feminist AI research network
gathers eminent social scientists, economists, feminists, activists, side by side with data, machine learning and computer scientists to discuss how to fix the system and leverage AI for women's rights.
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Collaboration on our <AI & Gender Human Rights Toolbox>
Yale Computation & Society Initiative
<A+> Alliance Advisory Board Members Professors Nisheeth Vishnoi + Elisa Celis
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne
Collaborators on the <AI & Gender Human Rights Toolbox> and the g-app, gender gap application
Our partners on the <AI & Gender Human Rights Toolbox>
International Union for the Conservation of Nature
Our pilot partners for the. g-app Gender Gap Application at their quadrennial World Conservation Congress to be held this year in Marseilles.
Collab on the g-app Gender Gap Application
AI for Good
United Nations platform on AI organized every year in Geneva by the ITU with the XPRIZE Foundation + 35 sister UN Agencies to identify practical applications of AI and scale those solutions for global impact.
We are a member of their Gender Braintrust.
International Gender Champions IGC
Global Board Member
a leadership network that brings together female & male decision-makers to break down gender barriers and make systems change and gender equality a reality.
Co-Chairs with w@tt and Sweden of the IGC Representation Impact Group
International Trade Centre
Co-Chairs with Iceland and Botswana of the IGC Trade Impact Group
UN Institute for Disarmament Research
Co-Chairs with Ireland, Namibia, Canada, the Philippines of the IGC Disarmament Impact Group
Graduate Institute Geneva
We had the pleasure of co-hosting screenings of #Female Pleasure, and moderating Dark Money this season, as well as being part of the Graduate Institute family.
British Standards Institution
w@tt are honoured to Chair the BSI Diversity & Inclusivity Advisory Panel
part of the BSI commitment to their Gender-Responsive Standards Declaration pledge.
Swedish Institute for Standards
w@tt is proud to be working w/ SIS, ITC and many others on a new standard: Definition of Women owned business
Standards Council of Canada
w@tt is proud to be part of SCC's Chair Working Group on Methodology to assess gender-responsive standards and develop gender-responsive standards
world urban forum 10
Geneva Environment Network
International Planned Parenthood Federation
Digital Society Initiative University of Zürich
Women in Big Data Zürich
Women in Global Health
Global Fund for Women
WSIS World Summit on the Information Society
Reykjavik Global Forum Women Leaders
X Prize Foundation
Data Pop Alliance
Partnerships & Collaborations 2019
Women@TheTable is honored to be collaborating with some trailblazing organizations, and their exceptional members & grantees in 2019 including...
The Oak Foundation
Issues Affecting Women Programme
Oak: building a strong and vibrant movement of women who are empowered individually and collectively to challenge patriarchal norms and tackle the root causes of inequality.
International Gender Champions
Geneva, New York, Vienna, Nairobi, Den Haag
A leadership network that brings together female & male decision-makers to break down gender barriers for system change.
Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
United Nations and International Organizations Division
w@tt is extremely proud to be the Gender Platform working with the Swiss Government to highlight the Geneva Gender Experience in multilateral fora.
Republique et Canton de Genève
post tenebras lux
w@tt is grateful for the support of the Republique et Canton de Genève.
Paris Peace Forum
Chosen to be one of ten projects followed by the Paris Peace Forum over the year. IGC will help open the 2019 edition.
Co-Chairs w/ w@tt & Sweden of the IGC Representation Impact Group
International Trade Centre
Co-Chairs w/ Iceland & Botswana of the IGC Trade Impact Group
UN Economic Commission for Europe
Initiative for Gender-Responsive Standards
UN Institute for Disarmament Research
Co-Chairs w/ Ireland, Canada, Namibia of the IGC Disarmament Impact Group
International Trade Centre (ITC) Women & Trade Programme
bringing one million women to market by 2020
Graduate Institute Geneva
Working on w@tt's idea for Open Source Software that can track women's participation & influence in international fora
United Nations Economic and Social Council
w@tt is extremely proud to have achieved ECOSOC status at the UN in 2018.
UN Conference on Trade & Development
World Bank Group
Women, Business & The Law
Women in Global Health
Increasing the visibility and recognition of women’s contributions to global health & achieving gender equality in global health leadership.
Batisseuses de la Paix.
Stories of ordinary women creating extraordinary change in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with partner Julienne Lusenge, recipient of French Legion of Honour, Amnesty International’s Ginetta Sagan Award & 2018 International Women's Rights Award.
Media Matters for Women
Our partner in Wamama Tujenge, Media Matters for Women is at the forefront of harnessing the potential of mobile phones to address the unmet information needs of women and girls in rural Africa.
Women, Homes, Communities
A global coalition empowering grassroots women leaders in development and policy-making around the world.
Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal programme connecting high-impact NGOs and social enterprises working to create social and environmental change with the best law firms and corporate legal teams to provide them with free legal assistance and groundbreaking legal research.