The AI4D Gender Knowledge Synthesis Series

August 29, 2023

Women At The Table has unveiled a stellar series of webinars focused on sharing the work of extraordinary African AI researchers and the AI4D research family with counterparts and the world. Dubbed the ‘Gender Knowledge Synthesis series’, it will focus on issues of critical importance as we struggle to create a more inclusive and equitable world with AI and emerging technologies.

They will kick this series of on August 31st with this webinar:

Decoloniality, Gender & AI:  Where do these areas of work intersect?

This discussion will delve into pressing issues surrounding gender, racial, and intersectional bias within Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Decision-Making processes. These biases, often originating in the Global North and replicated in the Global South, need urgent correction to unlock the pro-social potential of AI and ADM. This webinar will explore how the projects of decoloniality, feminism, and AI intersect, as they all share concerns related to power, representation, and justice.

Here’s the full schedule:

28 September
Data Bias: From new datasets to debiasing techniques
 Moderator: Nyalleng Moorosi, Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (DAIR)   
To Register: https://bit.ly/AI4D_2
19 October
Gender & Agriculture: What are the problems? Where are the gaps? How can AI help women and men in the field?
Moderator: Laure Tall,  AI4D Gender Responsive AI Network (GRAIN); Initiative prospective agricole et rurale (IPAR)    
To Register:  https://bit.ly/AI4D_3
9 November
AI in Healthcare, Representativeness and Medical Ethics: How do you ensure data sets are representative of the diversity of people, health conditions and context? What are the risks and mitigation strategies? Who is responsible? 
 Moderator: Dr Elizabeth Oseku, HASH Lab, Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University
To Register:  https://bit.ly/AI4D_4
7 December
The Peer Learning Journey
Moderator: Khanysa Mabyeka, Gender@Work
To Register: https://bit.ly/AI4D_5

11 January

Gender & Climate Change: Gender Justice / Climate Justice approaches. What mitigation and adaptation strategies and innovations are needed?

8 February

Gender, AI, and new STEM strategies: From distance learning to gamification, what is the newest research on including girls in STEM, including Teacher Ed and Lifelong Kindergarten / Scratch for low resource environments

29 March

The Innovation Challenge:       The Gender and Inclusive AI Research and Innovation Challenge provides competitive funding for cutting edge, gender-responsive and inclusive research that expands new knowledge relating to gender, diversity,  inclusion, and Artificial Intelligence in the African context. 

25 April 

Francophone AI:   Qu’est-ce que c’est?

23 May

Human Rights & AI:      Inclusive Human Rights Frameworks for New Technologies

How can Human Rights Frameworks be the starting point for the creation of new tech & innovation? What questions need to be asked and answered to harness the astounding capabilities of AI with its promises of dystopia or utopia? Can Human Rights Frameworks bring us to some middle ground?