• 2021

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    CEDAW Briefing

    17 February

    Virtual Geneva

    Women at the Table have been asked to brief the CEDAW Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women experts on on artificial intelligence and algorithms and women’s rights and gender equality.

    The briefing follows on from our brief to the European Commission Gender Equality Unit in the spring. We hope to make a clear case to CEDAW about the outsized impact biased artificial intelligence is having and will continue exponentially on the lives of women and girls in every corner of the world.

    International Women's Day / International Women's Week / International Women's Month

    March

    Virtual Globe

     

     

    Women at the Table, the <A+> Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms, & the f<a+i>r feminist AI research network will be doing a series of International Women's Day events to celebrate Feminist AI and Technology & Innovation in March

    AI & SDGS: Gender & Technology

    5 March

    12-1 CET

    The Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, Graduate Institute Geneva + London-based think tank Global Policy Insight and AI Policy Lab series on AI & SDGs

     

    Panel with:

    Ivana Bartoletti, Co-Founder, Women Leading in AI Network; Visiting Policy Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute

    Lowri Angharad Rees, UN Women

    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Women at the Table / <A+> Alliance

     

    Jérôme Duberry, Research Associate & Lecturer, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy

     

    CGIAR: International Women's Day Keynote

    8 March

    Virtual 12:30-13:30CET

    CGIAR is the world’s largest global agricultural innovation network, with 15 Research Centers operating in 108 countries, working with 3,000+ partners, currently transitioning to One CGIAR.

     

    We're super excited to address the CGIAR family to focus on Women in Leadership on IWD, a particularly critical issue for women in research and science, and in food systems response.

    Gender Equality, Women's Leadership, Democracy & Algorithmic bias

    12 March

    Virtual 12:00 CST; 18:00CET

    with Youth Leaders and Youth Professionals (YLYP) of the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW)

     

    Speakers:

    • Raesetje Sefala, AI Researcher at Mila (Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute) and a computer science Master's student at Wits University, Johannesburg. Her research focuses on creating ground truth datasets and using machine learning to study spatial segregation in South Africa, post-Apartheid.
    • Sofia Kypraiou, Data Science Master's student at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. She is working on her master’s thesis exploring and enhancing a practical toolbox for AI and Human rights.
    • Joana Varon is affiliated to the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Executive Directress and Creative Chaos Catalyst at Coding Rights (Brazil), and Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

     

    Moderator: Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, CEO/Founder, Women at the Table, co-founder <A+> Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms

    Feminist AI:

    A Regional Snapshot

    14 March 1400-1530 CET

    VirtualMozFest, Amsterdam

    Networking Event at Trustworthy AI Hackathon @MozFest

     

    Networking event within the hackathon supported by

    Building Trustworthy AI working group,

    hosted by AI IRL Space

    to help the Feminist AI Regional networks supported by <A+> Alliance & f<a+i>r share global perspectives & foster greater network/coalition building.

    with

    Renata Avila, co-founder <A+> Alliance

    Paola Ricaurte, Tecnologico Monterrey

    Jaime Gutiérrez, Tecnologico Costa Rica

    Raya Sharbain, Jordan Open Source Association

    Sorja Hongladarom, Chulalongkorn University

    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Women at the Table / <A+> Alliance

     

    Open to all Mozfest participants.

    CSW: G-App Side Event

    18 March

    VirtualCSW

    0930-1100EST /1530-1700CET

    The G-app: Gender Gap Application measures on which topics women are speaking, for how long, in which capacity and with what authority.

    International Organisations provide the space and infrastructure for deciding the direction of the international community. Ensuring that a plurality of voices are heard is key for these decisions to have legitimacy. But how is this plurality measured? Do we understand the duration of time or the subjects on which women speak in international fora? Do we understand in which capacity women speak: as decision makers, as experts, or experientially? It's not sufficient for women merely to be present, or even to speak in the conference chamber, they must also have influence in outcomes.

    CSW: Green New Deal Side Event

    24 March

    VirtualCSW

    1030-1200EST / 1630-1800CET

    Women's political participation in climate justice movements and the intersection with technology.

    • Zainab Yunusa, Gender + Youth activist from UNFCCC's Youngo focused on COP-26
    • Fotini Bakadimi, Green Member of Hellenic Parliament
    •  Mozilla's Environment Director newly incorporating climate + internet
    •  Women at the Table  moderator.

    <AI & Equality> Human Rights Toolbox

    26 March

    VirtualEPFL, Lausanne

    1400-1700CET

    Why and where can algorithms produce inequality outcomes? Why and where can algorithms be gender biased? How can a human rights-based approach be applied to computer algorithms that engage, reason about, and make decisions on people?

     

    A workshop to further integrate concepts of intersectionality and bring work to the next step to draw clear lines from human rights principles to code, with a unique blend of human rights law and data science.

     

    A collaboration between Women at the Table, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, & EPFL.

    A first in a series of workshops.

     

    Generation Equality

    29-31 March

    VirtualMexico City

    The Generation Equality Forum is scheduled to kick off in Mexico City as an intergenerational and intersectional global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by the governments of Mexico and France, in partnership with civil society.

     

    This event has three specific objectives:

    • Preparation of Action Coalitions including Technology & Innovation of which <A+> Alliance / Women at the Table are leaders

    • Development of a multilateral feminist strategy to propose and promote accelerated changes towards gender equality in the coming years.

    • Formation of a multilateral alliance of countries to promote the gender equality agenda.

    Global Digital Development Forum

    5 May

    Virtual. 16 hours of timezones

    1900-1930 GMT Closing Keynote

     

    • Closing Keynote:  Leveraging AI and Data for Inclusion and Systems Change

      •  How can new technologies can be leveraged for systems change and tech design be leveraged to foster gender equality and inclusion. 
      •   #GDDF21. https://digitaldevforum.com/agenda/
    •  Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Co-Founder, <A+> Alliance, CEO and Founder, Women at the Table
    • Dr. Tara Cookson, Assistant Professor of Gender and Development, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia

    AI for Good:

    Developing Girl’s Digital & AI Skills

    for More Inclusive AI for All

    25 May 1500-1630 CET Virtual

     

    • Ecem Yilmazhaliloglu, Founder of Technoladies; WEF AI Youth Council Member/Representative of Turkey, Diversity Advocate, and AI4ALL alumnus
    • Alisha Arora , Founder at The HopeSisters, AI for good advocate, Mental Health Change Maker

    • Aki Enkenberg, Senior Adviser of Development Policy: Digital Cooperation, Technology & Innovation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland

    • Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Women at the Table​

    • Moderator: Patty Alleman, Senior Advisor, Gender Equality, UNICEF

    A joint collaboration of the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition for Technology & Innovation for Gender Equality: UNICEF, ITU, Finland, the <A+> Alliance
     

    To Register:

    https://itu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VqBRLfwATA2JY_FuGEaNKw

    ETH Zürich #FemTech Summit

    26 + 27 May

    Virtual. 1545-2030 CET

    femtechnology.org

     

    REGISTER: https://hopin.com/events/eth-zurich-femtech-summit

     

    Event is free, but registration needed for entry

     

     

     

    DAY ONE. Wednesday May 26th

     

    15:45-16:00. Opening Remarks

    • Dr. Vera Regitz-Zagrosek, Cardiologist and Founder, Institute of Gender in Medicine at Charité Berlin and of the International Society Gender Medicine (IGM)

     

    16:00-17:30. Panel One
    Innovative Tracking + Screening in Gynecology  

    • Leon A. Boston, CEO of Mobile ODT: using artificial intelligence for cervical screening, evaluation, and sexual assault forensics.
    • Siew-Veena, Founder of Testmate Health: at home STD Kits
    • Dr. Sonali Mohanty Quantius, Founder of Haplomind: supporting perinatal depression and anxiety.

    17:45-19:00. Panel Two
    Gathering Female Specific Data Sets by Innovative Means

    • Laura Symul, Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford, whose research focuses on women’s health and menstrual health in particular. This includes research on fertility, on cycle-related symptoms and on drivers of changes in vaginal microbiome communities. She uses a combination of self-tracked data from mobile phone apps and devices and clinical multi-omics data.
    • Eric Dy, CEO + Co-Founder of Bloom Life: remote personalised maternal and fetal healthcare.
    • Marina Pavlovic Rivas, CEO + Co-Founder of Eli Health: a product monitoring hormones in saliva at home to enable women to make informed decisions about their reproductive and general health
    • Sarah Kerruish, Chief Strategy Officer of Kheiron Medical: using artificial intelligence to help radiologists detect breast cancer.

    19:15-19:30 Closing Remarks

    • Dr. Carole Clair, Faculty of Biology & Medicine, University of Lausanne, specialising in the differences in clinical management induced by the gender of patients. She is also co-head of the department of training, research and innovation at the Center of general medicine and public health. She is a doctor who graduated from the University of Lausanne, FMH specialist in general internal medicine, Master in Science in Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health.

    19:30-20:30 Attendee Mingling/Networking on Hopin

     

    ETH Zürich #FemTech Summit

    26 + 27 May. Virtual.

    1645-2130 CET

    femtechnology.org

     

    REGISTER: https://hopin.com/events/eth-zurich-femtech-summit

    Event is free, but registration needed for entry

     

    DAY TWO  Thursday May 27th

     

    16:45-17:00 Opening remarks:

    • Dr. Brigitte Leeners, Director of the Clinic for Reproductive Endocrinology at the University Hospital Zurich who will speak about what the daily life of a patient that comes to her looks like/ the issues they face and how innovative technologies can help with treatment/ facilitate their daily life

    17:00-18:30. Panel One
    The Future of Contraception + Fertility

    • Dr. Lynae Brayboy, Chief Medical Officer, Clue: an FDA approved menstrual tracking app
    • Pascal Koenig, CEO + Co-Founder, AVA: a bracelet that tracks multiple physiological parameters, including pulse rate, breathing rate, and temperature in order to detect the five most fertile days of a woman’s cycle in real time, while also delivering personalized insight about reproductive health and pregnancy
    • Frederik Petursson Madsen, CEO + Co-Founder, Oui: a new approach to contraception that works by topically engineering the cervical mucus to provide effective contraception with minimal side-effects.
    • Eirini Rapti, CEO + Founder, Inne: which uses the hormones found in saliva to determine a woman’s most fertile window thus acting as both a fertility aid or a form of contraception

     

    18:45-20:15. Panel Two
    Gynecological Pain + Symptom Management

    • Alexandra Alvergne, an Oxford Fellow and CNRS researcher whose research focuses on understanding the relationship between reproduction and female health, including working on contraceptive dynamics, infection and menstrual health, diversity in age at menopause and the impact of reproduction on ageing.
    • Dr. Sari Prutchi Sagiv, VP of R&D, Gynica : a medical company researching and developing cannabinoid solutions to target gynaecological symptoms and diseases.
    • Cécil Réal, Co-Founder + CEO, EndoDiag: company developing new endometriosis diagnostic solutions for healthcare professionals. These solutions are intended to contribute to a better endometriosis diagnosis, a more personalized patient management, more efficient treatment options and fertility strategy.
    • Chantelle Bell & Anya Roy, Co-Founders, Syrona Health : a startup that tracks endo and health symptoms, and allows users to access a community of patients with similar symptoms as well as providing doctor approved insights.

    20:15-20:30 Closing Remarks

    • Dr. Sarah Springman, Rector, ETH Zürich 

     

    20:30-21:30 Post Event Mingling/Networking on Hopin

     

    RightsCon

    7. June. 19:30 to 20:30 CET Virtual

    RightsCon 7-11 June

    <A+> Alliance is super excited to host & moderate a panel on

    AI DIPLOMACY FOR INCLUSION

    with special guests including

    • Eileen Donahue, Stanford University, former US Ambassador to the Human Rights Council
    • Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, International Trade Centre
    • Aurora Díaz-Rato Revuelta, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organisations 

    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Moderator

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