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Rentrée Fall 2019

Rentrée Fall 2019

From the launch of the Triple A Alliance: Affirmative Action for Algorithms at Women in Big Data in Zürich, and London's Chatham House, to our exciting new partners in the Triple A Alliance; continued work as Board Member & remaining co-founder of the International Gender Champions with our potent Impact Groups; moderating the Human Rights Council's annual panel discussion on integrating gender perspective throughout the work of the Human Rights Council at the Human Rights Council; briefings on data mining for the UPR with colleagues from MIT & EPFL, plus much more - it promises to be a busy next few months.

As technology increasingly runs the world, 

will it promote equality or deepen gender divides?

Triple A - Affirmative Action for Algorithms:
A concrete call for action

There can be no doubt: as society progresses, we increasingly rely on technology to make our lives easier. But whether it’s Googling information, applying for social services, or submitting job applications, the scary truth is that the algorithms that underpin the technology we use every day, and the machine learning based on them have been proven to be biased, endangering our democracy. This means that the entrenched divides that are so engrained in us that they are unconscious, are not only being passed onto the next generation, but they’re becoming intractable as machines begin to learn from one another. The time to act is now, otherwise women will be unable to achieve full participation and rights, not just now, but possibly forever.
 
So, what can be done? Triple A is an alliance of concerned technology leaders, government agencies, nonprofits, and academics committed to addressing this issue while it’s still possible. The alliance led by Women@theTable was formally launched with a Declaration at Women in Big Data in Zürich June 2019, and with a position paper 'We Shape Our Tools, and Thereafter Our Tools Shape Us' shared at London’s renowned Chatham House July 2019.

Advisory board members to date include senior leaders from Ciudadania Inteligente / The Smart Citizens Foundation, EPFL, University of Zürich, the Data-Pop Alliance, Yale University, MIT, the World Wide Web Foundation, the World Bank Group, the City of Barcelona, and others.

After co-founding the International Gender Champions & four years of active leadership, Women@theTable and UNOG will transition the coordination function of the IGC to GCSP.

As the remaining IGC co-founder,

  • Women@theTable's Caitlin Kraft-Buchman continues to serve as an IGC Advisory Board Member with
  • IGC's new Board Chair Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director, International Trade Centre 
  • Ambassador Monique van Daalen, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to UN, WTO & other IOs
  • Martin Chungong, Secretary General, Inter-Parliamentary Union
  • Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization
  • Anne-Sophie Lois, Head Geneva Office, Plan International.  

On the IGC Board Women@theTable will focus efforts on the overall strategy of the leadership network which brings together female and male leaders, and fosters concrete actions from the highest level to break down gender barriers. Women@theTable continues leading work as the IGC Board Member responsible for Impact Groups notably on Trade Impact, Disarmament Impact, and Representation Impact (which Women@theTable also co-chairs with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Sweden).

No systemic methodology has been created to provide metrics to efficiently monitor the level of implementation of UPR and treaty body recommendations. One of the most promising yet least-understood developments is the ability to automate processes for tracking the progress of UPR and treaty body recommendations. Women@theTable has partnered with one of the global leaders in technology, Data-Pop Alliance, to explore how leveraging text mining and machine-learning algorithms is a viable strategy for monitoring UPR and treaty body recommendations. In October, Women@theTable will host a briefing session with MIT and EPFL for states, civil society and others to explore the use of automated processes as a tool for keeping states accountable to UPR and treaty body recommendations.

Women@theTable remains committed to galvanizing women’s influence, and establishing new norms by focusing on systems change in sectors that have key structural impact:    

democracy and governance; economy; technology; and sustainability.

Some of our upcoming initiatives and events to look out for include:

  • action plans for Gender Responsive Assemblies with our IGC Representation Impact Group co-chairs Inter-Parliamentary Union & Sweden
  • Best Practices for Election of Members to International & Regional Treaty Bodies
  • Algorithm 101 sessions
  •  other events from Ada Lovelace Day to MozFest in London
  •  the Internet Governance Forum in Berlin
  • and a Gender & Cities conference on technology and the world of work.

Women@theTable, establishing new norms now.

A growing global CSO based in Geneva - Women@theTable is the first organization to focus on systems change by helping feminists gain influence in sectors that have key structural impact: economy, technology, democracy & governance, and sustainability.

 

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