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The Gender and Diversity Data Camp

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June 12, 2020

This article is written by Conocimiento Abierto and can also be found on their site. The text is available in English and Spanish.

The Gender and Diversity Data Camp took place on March 7, in commemoration of the International Open Data Day and the International Day of Women. Why this initiative? In Argentina, despite advances in material legislation and stronger rights for citizens, there are still disparities and gaps in various sectors which make true gender equality impossible and lead to discrimination and/ or exclusion by gender.

From this base, the main goal of this event was to promote evidence-based projects and proposals that work towards positive social impact, each aiming to use data and technology to lessen the existing gender gap. To do this, we connected the community of data and technology professionals and enthusiasts with members of various organizations, academics, and women’s and LGBT activists.

Almost 100 people attended the event, which was held in the spaces provided by La Maquinita Co and Innovation Lab. Many national and international organizations also lent their presence and support, including Open Heroines, Open Data Day, UN Women, Mujeres en Igualdad, Mujeres en Carrera, Fundación Huésped, Trans Argentinxs, Directorio Legislativo, Women Techmakers Río de la Plata, Colegio de Sociólogos de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, and Wikimedia.

This ambitious initiative tackled different problems, with four workshops mentored by different organizations with expertise in each area:

Gender and justice
Despite advances in legislation, difficulties persist in addressing the social problems that gender violence presents in Argentina. According to the latest data obtained from the Single Registry of Cases of Violence against Women of INDEC, in the period of 2013 to 2018, there were 576,360 cases of gender violence in Argentina. Although there are no updated registered cases in 2019, there is also no clear and precise information about initiating a complaint. On the other hand, some women do register complaints, and there is no data to estimate how many women do so. For this reason, this panel proposed to address the problem of accessibility to informational resources to which all women who have experienced gender violence should have access. We aimed to prototype a tool that can function as a resource map and contains resources that can provide them assistance and justice in one place. To do this, they worked with different official databases and analyzed relevant technologies. The challenge was led by Women in Equality.

Comprehensive sex education
Since the approval of the Comprehensive Sexual Education Law in Argentina in 2006, no tool has been developed at the governmental level that allows the monitoring and analysis across different provinces of the country, which, in turn, would enable us to see visible results and recognize problems. The Comprehensive Sexual Education Law, or “ESI,” is a key right and free empowerment tool for children and adolescents, enabling them to make informed decisions about their health, body and sexuality. It also provides the necessary information to prevent situations of abuse and teaches about privacy protection, respect for diversity, best birth control practices, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. For this reason, this workshop proposed the development of a tool for these purposes, through two surveys. The idea is that they would allow the current situation to be surveyed at the federal level, focusing on secondary education. One would be given to students to understand how well this education is being implemented in classrooms, and another given to teachers to allow them to provide an account of their ESI training. Participants in the workshop created the surveys, starting with previously created ones which had been generated by the Guest Foundation and the data obtained from them. The challenge was led by the Guest Foundation and the College of Sociologists of the City of Buenos Aires.

Diversity and inclusion:
Although Argentina has recently made progress in the legislative field due to diversity and inclusion, at the social and cultural level, there are still gaps. Regarding tourism, discrimination against members of the LGBTIQ collective persists in different areas. Along these lines, this panel proposed working on a technological tool that would function as a resource map and contain open data on cultural, recreational, tourist, leisure and recreation spaces that promote diversity as a core value. The challenge was led by Trans Argentinxs.

Economic violence and gender:
Economic gender violence is one of the types of violence that is more normalized and less visible in our society. Within the framework of Lw 26,485, the country has little official data on this violence that would allow for generating evidence-based analyses at the national level. For this reason, this panel worked with the few databases and analyses they could obtain from different organizations at the national and international levels. They then proposed a project to analyze this information and account for the registration of missing official data. This would consist of generating an awareness campaign. They promoted requests for the collection, analysis, and opening of more data to spread awareness about the state of the situation. It would also allow for the generation of initiatives to address pertinent government measures and review the impact of public policies implemented with a gender perspective. The challenge was led by Mujeres en Carrera.

Each of these proposals seeks to have a social impact on the aforementioned gender problems at play in our country, building on the progress made in recent years at the legislative level and in the area of ​​achieving equality-oriented rights.This initiative highlighted the importance of working collaboratively between different sectors, to develop civic technology that enhances results and promotes the tools necessary to promote social projects and initiatives with a gender perspective.

Conocimiento Abierto, its spin-off Media Chicas, and each of the organizations that led each workshop will be following up with each project to continue working on the initiatives throughout this year. The work will be done virtually, due to the current COVID-19 situation.

We will continue to work together for gender equality.

Él Género y Diversidad de datos del campo se llevó a cabo el 7 de marzo, en conmemoración del Día Internacional de Datos abiertos y el Día Internacional de la Mujer. ¿Por qué esta iniciativa? En Argentina, a pesar de los avances en la legislación material y los derechos más fuertes para los ciudadanos, todavía hay disparidades y brechas en varios sectores que hacen imposible la verdadera igualdad de género y conducen a la discriminación y / o exclusión por género.

Desde esta base, el objetivo principal de este evento fue promover proyectos y propuestas basados ​​en evidencia que trabajen hacia un impacto social positivo, cada uno con el objetivo de utilizar datos y tecnología para disminuir la brecha de género existente. Para hacer esto, conectamos a la comunidad de profesionales y entusiastas de datos y tecnología con miembros de varias organizaciones, académicos y activistas de mujeres y LGBT.

Casi 100 personas asistieron al evento, que se realizó en los espacios provistos por La Maquinita Co y Innovation Lab. Muchas organizaciones nacionales e internacionales también prestaron su presencia y apoyo, incluyendo Open Heroines, Open Data Day, ONU Mujeres, Mujeres en Igualdad, Mujeres en Carrera, Fundación Huésped, Trans Argentinxs, Directorio Legislativo, Mujeres Techmakers Río de la Plata, Colegio de Sociólogos de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires y Wikimedia.

A woman presenting.

Cada una de estas propuestas busca tener un impacto social en los problemas de género antes mencionados que están en juego en nuestro país, basándose en el progreso logrado en los últimos años a nivel legislativo y en el área de lograr derechos orientados a la igualdad. importancia de trabajar en colaboración entre diferentes sectores, para desarrollar tecnología cívica que mejore los resultados y promueva las herramientas necesarias para promover proyectos e iniciativas sociales con una perspectiva de género.

Conocimiento Abierto, su spin-off Media Chicas y cada una de las organizaciones que lideraron cada taller darán seguimiento a cada proyecto para continuar trabajando en las iniciativas a lo largo de este año. El trabajo se realizará virtualmente, debido a la situación actual de COVID-19.

People in front of Data camp poster.

Continuaremos trabajando juntos por la igualdad de género.

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