Impact Update: A+, Beijing +25, Treaty Bodies, Schedule of Events

<A+> Alliance

On Ada Lovelace Day, 8 October, commemorating the brilliant mathematician, first computer programmer + technology visionary Ada Lovelace, Women@theTable in partnership with Ciudadania Inteligente, launched its new website and a global media campaign dedicated to the <A+> Alliance for Affirmative Action for Algorithms.

The <A+> Alliance has developed a number of resources and algorithms for individuals and organisations to use to support gender equality in Automated Decision-Making (ADM) and to correct for gender bias in machine learning systems.

We can either seize the moment to correct bias in the digital realm, as we tackle bias in the analogue world, or condemn ourselves to having historic bias baked into new Automated Decision-Making one with old stereotypical associations of gender, race and class baked in and which will be impossible to 'bake out'.

For this reason we have created a global alliance that can leverage International Geneva's unique vantage point. Join the <A+> Alliance.

Beijing+25 Regional Review

Women@theTable is delighted to participate in the upcoming Beijing+25 Regional Review meeting and civil society forum on 28, 29 and 30 October in Geneva.

Recognising that no country has achieved gender equality in any of the twelve critical areas of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BDPA) on its 25th anniversary, Women@theTable’s top priority at these meetings will be to shine a spotlight on the multiple and intersecting structural challenges faced day-to-day by everyday women, and advocate for lasting institutional and cultural systems change.

Our aim is to galvanize women’s influence particularly in sectors that have key structural impact: technology; democracy and governance; the economy; and sustainability. We need our commitments in Beijing to deliver results by 2030. In order to innovate and thrive in a rapidly changing global environment new norms are needed, now.

2020 Treaty Body Review Process

UN treaty bodies are at the heart of the international human rights framework. And the numbers of women participating in UN treaty bodies are abysmal. In 2020, a Treaty Body Review process will take place in the same anniversary year as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action +25.

This provides a unique opportunity for our institutions and the international community to close the gender parity gap through lasting institutional change within treaty bodies.

In this context, Women@theTable is delighted to announce that it will shortly release a new Report announce that it will shortly release a new Report titled Best Practices for Election of Members to International and Regional Treaty Bodies authored by Elizabeth Robertson, Kathlene Burke and James Anderson of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP.

The Report highlights nomination and selection / election best practices of women within the private sector and Governments around the world that use measures such as legislation, gender targets, public reporting and temporary special measures in countries including the UK, Rwanda, New Zealand, Nordics and Canada (and more), and provides practical recommendations regarding inclusion, disclosure and transparency thereby building gender parity goals into existing treaty body nomination and election processes. The 80 page report is meant to serve as a best practice guide to correct for the visibility and influence of half the world’s adult population - women.

If we want individuals to trust and respect the credibility of our institutions we must act now, and our institutions and international community must show leadership. We must turn words and commitment into definitive action and institutionalize gender equality - for which we have the methods, and now need the political will to do so - during the 2020 UN treaty bodies review process.


26-27 October MOZFest London

'Coding Gender Equality: Affirmative Action for Algortihms'
A Learning Forum at MozFest led by our partners at Ciudadania Inteligente to explore our <A+> Alliance Declaration and Action Plan.

28-30 October Beijing +25 Consultations       Geneva
28 October UNECE Beijing+25 Civil Society Organization Forum
29-30 October UNECE Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting

5-6 November H22 The Making of a Smarter City Helsingborg
A full two days in Helsingborg, Sweden in one of the smartest cities in the world.

Women@theTable will be 'In Conversation' with a Deep Talk onstage on 'AI & Equality' speaking about our favorite topic “The Smart Feminist City” and how that relates to bias in artificial intelligence.


11-13 November Paris Peace Forum Paris
The International Gender Champions take the stage again, this time to recap the year after being picked as one of ten projects the Paris Paris Forum chose to follow in the first year of Paris Peace Forum existence 2018-2019.
18-20 November Women Political Leaders Summit Reykjavik
The Reykjavík Global Forum is where women leaders discuss and share ideas and solutions on how to further advance society, Annually co-hosted by Women Political Leaders (WPL), and the Government and Parliament of Iceland.

Each year the Forum invites 450 leaders from around the globe, including Presidents and Prime Ministers and other public figures, as well as leaders from business, academia, civil society, arts, media and more who are playing a vital role in their respective fields sharing ideas, insights and experiences.

Women@theTable is thrilled to be invited to participate this year.

21 November BSI Standards Conference & Awards London
British Standards Institution (BSI) Conference, featuring the BSI Standards Awards, to focus on future trends and a global perspective.

Closing Plenary addressing human needs in standards, including how to be inclusive of human diversity/differences with

> Nike Folayan - Chairperson, Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers
> Wilson Wong - Head of Insight & Futures, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
> Caitlin Kraft-Buchman - CEO / Founder, Women@TheTable
> Stephanie Eynon - Standards-Makers Development and Engagement Manager, BSI

25-29 November Internet Governance Forum Berlin
<A+> Alliance, co-led by Women@theTable and Ciudadania Inteligente, is honored to have its official launch during the Internet Governance Forum co-hosted with and by GIZ, the service provider for economic cooperation and development of the German government.

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