Data holds the potential to solve society’s most significant challenges, but we face a daunting data divide. 2.5 quintillion megabytes of data are collected about people every day, yet a third of people worldwide live offline. What happens when this data does not represent the people it is meant to serve? What happens when it does not represent women? And what can be different when women are at the table, driving decisions with data?
Across the world, women’s experiences in healthcare, social and environmental justice, and financial inclusion are often marginalized and overlooked, but representing women in data and empowering women to use data has the power to change this.
This year’s United Nations theme for International Women’s Day is innovation and technology for gender equality. We agree: Bringing women into technology results in more creative solutions and has greater potential for innovation that meets women’s needs and promotes gender equality.
Join data.org and a panel of experts who are advancing the use of data about women, and by women. Speakers bring a range of perspectives and lived experiences, as funders, academics, researchers, and social enterprise leaders. Moderated by data.org’s Chief Marketing and Product Officer, Perry Hewitt, this online event will illuminate the impact of representing women’s experiences through data to create more equitable policies, fund purpose-driven innovation, and accelerate sustainable systems change.
Chief Marketing and Product Officer
Perry Hewitt is the Chief Marketing and Product Officer of data.org where she oversees the marketing and communications functions, as well as digital product development.Read more
Agnes Kiragga, Ph.D.
Research Scientist and Technical Lead Data Science
African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC)
Agnes Kiragga is a Research Scientist and Technical Lead Data Science under the Data Science and Evaluation unit at the African Population Health Research Council in Nairobi, Kenya.Read more
Andrea Jimenez Cisneros, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer
University of Sheffield
Dr. Andrea Jimenez Cisneros from Perú is an information management lecturer at the University of Sheffield’s Information School. Her research examines the role of innovation in socio-economic development through a decolonial and feminist lens.Read more
Senior Program Specialist
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Chaitali Sinha is a Senior Program Specialist in the Global Health Division at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).Read more
Regional Head of South Asia
Women’s World Banking
Kalpana Ajayan is the Regional Head, of South Asia at Women’s World Banking and comes with 25+ years of experience in financial services in retail banking and InsuranceRead more