What we've been up to
26 November, Berlin.
Women at the Table and Ciudadanía Inteligente officially launched the <A+> Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms at the Internet Governance Forum in Berlin with the support of GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit.
The Deadly Data Gap: Gender & Data
21 November, London.
Speaking on the Closing Plenary of the BSI - British Standards Institution Conference we launched our new paper ‘The Deadly Data Gap: Gender & Data’.
All data tells a story. And like all stories, its power and purpose depend on the protagonist and their point of view.
Highlighting mounting evidence that the exclusion of women is pervasive in data research, collection and analysis, with examples from 20th century drug trials, to the design of safety features in cars, to the work equipment we wear,
this is a subject we will be working on throughout 2020 in advance of the 2nd UN Data Forum to be hosted by Switzerland October 2020.
27 November, Geneva.
Treaty Body Report
Ahead of the 2020 UN Treaty Body Review process – the same year we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – we released our ‘Best practices for the election of members to international and regional treaty bodies’ authored for Women at the Table by Elizabeth Robertson, Kathlene Burke and James Anderson from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK).
UN treaty bodies are at the heart of the international human rights framework and yet the numbers of women participating in UN treaty bodies are abysmally low. We have no excuses any longer, we must institutionalize gender equality during the 2020 UN treaty bodies review process.
10 Ways to Improve Gender Equality at the UN
Martin Chungong, Secretary General, Inter-Parliamentary Union,
Elizabeth S. Salmón, Chair, UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee,
Alejandra Vicente, Member Secretariat, GQUAL Campaign and
Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, CEO / Founder, Women at the Table
released an Op-Ed on the 10 Ways to Improve Gender Equality at the UN which followed on from the Annual session on gender integration in the Human Rights Council.
We need innovative thinking to drive gender equality but most of all we need simple structural changes to create an enabling environment.
As one of the three founders of the International Gender Champions we are over the moon that after four short years the IGC network has expanded to more than 300 active Champions and Alumni from international organizations, governments, and civil society ranging from UN Secretary General Guterres to the new Paris Champion heads of the OECD, UNESCO, Sciences Po and Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.
Where else have we been?
6 December, Geneva.
The UNECE conference on Smart and Sustainable Cities. As a panellist at the opening plenary Women at the Table spoke on Smart Feminist Cities – citizen co-creation, and the galvanizing of 21st century cities that have gender equality, climate change resilience, and democratic values at their core of creativity and governance. Cities are hubs of innovation and sustainability – Smart Feminist Cities offer an opportunity to close the gap between visions of equality for women and the cities we live in now – uniting SDG 11 to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” with SDG 5’s ambition to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.
We were invited to speak & greatly enjoyed:
5 November, Helsingborg. H22 Summit: Making of A Smarter City
13 November, Geneva. Moderating the Bias in AI Panel at the Convening on 'Governance of Data and AI – A Human Rights Based Approach to AI' organised by OHCHR + UN Global Pulse
19 November, Reykjavík. Reykjavík Global Forum - Women Leaders
What’s coming up?
10 December, Palais des Nations, Geneva.
On the occasion of Human Rights Day, Women at the Table is delighted to officially participate in the Young Activists Summit – Women and Girls Driving Progress. The event organised by the UN, RTS and dev.tv will bring together together six young female activists, with Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad as the guest of honour.
11 December, Graduate Institute Geneva.
At individual working sessions for the six activists we will share practical knowledge and technical tools with the amazing Memory Banda who we have been asked to mentor.
We must amplify the voices of young women, and celebrate both the potential and power of youth as agents of change ...