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Open Data Day: Strengthening Citizen Participation & Women in Power

- April 4, 2019 in argentina, equal development, Open Data Day, open data day 2019, peru

This report is part of the event report series on International Open Data Day 2019. On Saturday 2nd March, groups from around the world organised over 300 events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. This is a joint report produced by NaimLab (Peru) and Centro Latinoamericano de Derechos Humanos (CLADH) from Argentina, who received funding through the mini-grant scheme by the Latin American Initiative for Open Data (ILDA) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, to organise events under the Open Mapping and Equal Development themes respectively. It has been written by Clara Cubas and María Fabiola Cantú: their biographies are included at the bottom.

Open Data Day: Comunidata 2019: Open Data to Strengthen Citizen Participation

Chiclayo, Perú On Friday, March 22, 2019, the Open Data Day was held in the city of Chiclayo in northern Peru, the event was intended to strengthen citizen participation through open data, called Comunidata. The main purpose of this meeting was to provide a first approach to the concepts of open data, access to information and transparency of public data and its importance to improve social problems in the city. This first edition was organized by the members of: Iguana Org, a collective dedicated to creating spaces where participation is strengthened, and citizen networking is built, and the members of Social Innovation Laboratory: NaimLab, who consolidated a structure composed of three parts: virtual exhibitions, discussion forums and a open dialogue space. The total capacity was of 25 participants of all ages, who shared 4 virtual exhibitions, 1 discussion forum and 3 topics in an open dialogue space that allowed integration with the public.

Program

The goal of the first part was to provide different views about Open Data, from its main concepts, such as the conceptual basis of access to information, to successful cases of Open Government. These exhibitions, although having been online, strengthened a network of collaboration between participating specialists and local organizations, and initiated proposals and ideas to apply what they learned in local projects. The participants were: the leader of Open Data Peru, Antonio Cucho Gamboa, who told us the first steps of the ODD organization in our country and also gave us a technical scope of how to use the information obtained to solve local problems; Jimena Sánchez Velarde (Digital Government Advisor) who presented a series of examples of municipalities working with Open Data. She emphasized the need to articulate the political will, and the voice of citizens with the aim for transparency and participation becoming reality in Peru. Finally, thanks to Miguel Morachimo, leader of Hiperderecho, an association that promotes the respect of rights and freedoms in digital environments. He contributed from his perspective an explanation of the Peruvian Law of access to information and public transparency, emphasizing that access to information is every citizen’s right. The second part was composed of a speech by Alan Saavedra, leader of the technological laboratory ITnovate Peru, representatives of the Codescill (The Civil Society Coordinator of La Libertad) and David Chaupis, biologist and social entrepreneur, who works with themes of Open Data Science. The event was relevant in that it showed different edges of how it was possible to approach Open Data. From innovation and entrepreneurship, in the case of Alan Saavedra, developer of InfoCity, an application that maps information on the web to inform the community about the status and report of basic services; to the intersection of arts and science. Thanks to David Chaupis, who spoke about scientific research with free licenses for the community and insured to companies, which allows generating sustainability in the model of bio-entrepreneurship. He also emphasized the relevance of models of collaboration among the four pillars of the community: science, technology, arts and entrepreneurship. Finally, the participation of the members of the CODESCILL, Coordinadora de la Sociedad Civil de La Libertad, region near Chiclayo, gave us ideas on the matter to initiate a process of citizen articulation that is currently used to promote the Open Government of La Libertad. The experience of Leopoldo León and Paula Santos, whom have been involved in social activism for years, gave the #Comunidata an intergenerational vision, and also a firm invitation to actively engage in upcoming activities. The final part of the event was an integration of the audience with the experts, previously mentioned. Guests were able to ask questions to the members of the panel who gave their knowledgeable answers which concluded a great evening. In conclusion, COMUNIDATA has been an opportunity to gather citizens interest in learning to work with Open Data, with civil society organizations and entities working on projects from the local level, regional level to the national level. This networking will be materialized in our future meetings, for example, in mappings of civil society organizations and their projects, in the legal strengthening of initiatives that work with accessing information, and in the development of the first “Experimental Laboratory Festival”, Festilab, in Chiclayo, which will be related to the use of Open Data. This event could not have been possible without the amazing support from the co-leader of Naimlab: Keyla Sandoval, and the leader of Iguana Org: Karen Diaz. Both are special contributors to this project with whom we will continue to work to strengthen citizen’s participation with the use of Open Data.

Open Data Day: Women in Power

Argentina

Open data mapping. How many women hold public positions in the province of Mendoza?

On Friday, March 1, as part of the international open data day, the Open Data Day event was held: Women in Power. The meeting took place in the postgraduate room of the Agustín Maza University and brought together about 20 people. For several decades, women around the world have been demanding their right to hold public office and participate in politics. Under this impulse, the analysis was proposed in the Province of Mendoza of the level of participation of women in public positions, identifying the positions and places they occupy in the Legislature, the Executive Power and in Justice. The activity was carried out through the massive search of information through the different official digital portals. It gathered journalists, researchers, public officials, civil society organizations, specialists in the use and exploitation of open data, as well as professionals and students from other areas such as health and law. The conclusions of the mapping were:
  1. In most of the official digital portals the data is outdated, and those portals that reflect updated public information do not have the appropriate formats for processing and reuse.
  2. In the Executive Power it was possible to elucidate that there is a cap close to 35% of female quota in some sectors. Women represent the majority in areas related to health, education and culture, but their participation is very low in the areas of economy, security and infrastructure. Also, the highest positions are mostly occupied by men. An example that can be illustrating is that, in the health area, only 4 women direct the 24 hospitals that exist in the Province.
  3. In the case of the Judiciary, the scarce representation of women in higher positions is reflected in the fact that the seven members of the Supreme Court, the highest court of justice, are men. In the other levels of the Judiciary there is a greater presence of women. 60.87% of employees and state officials are women.
  4. Finally, regarding the Legislative Power, the female quota is close to 35%. In the Senate, of 38 posts only 13 are occupied by women representing 34.21% of the body. In addition, of 16 unicameral commissions, only 5 (31.25%) are chaired by women. Following the study, the Chamber of Deputies has 20 women in its 48 positions, that is, 41.67% and the commissions are 4 out of 11, 36.36%.
After the analysis of the data, a debate began under the following: Is there gender equality in the distribution of positions in the Province of Mendoza? The discussion was enriched by the different views and contributions of all the participants. It was concluded that equality in access to public office should not correspond to an arithmetical equality in terms of the number of positions held, but that women have the real possibility of occupying spaces of decision-making power. Faced with this perspective, governments must make concerted efforts to promote the participation of women in the institutional life of the State and accommodate the voice of women themselves to generate solutions to overcome current barriers. The UN explains that the International Women’s Day “is a good time to reflect on the progress made, ask for more changes and celebrate the courage and determination of ordinary women who have played a key role in the history of their lives. countries and communities.”

Convert the ideal of equality into tangible reality

This March 8, we must celebrate, but also raise awareness. We have come a long way to reach this point, but there is still much to be done. For this reason from CLADH we want to celebrate this International Women’s Day not only by echoing messages in favor of equality, justice and development but also by working on concrete projects so that this desire for equality is transformed into a tangible reality. Simple changes are needed, but of a great magnitude. Our rulers and all civil society must understand that equality and respect are the only way to the future.

Organization

The organization in charge was the Fundación Nuestra Mendoza, Centro Latinoamericano de Derechos Humanos (CLADH) and the School of Journalism of the Juan Agustín Maza University.  

Biographies

Clara Cubas is the Co-Leader of Naimlab: Social Innovation Lab. She is a strategic IT professional with expertise in Processes Improvement and strong interests in Social Innovation, Open data and Creative Commons.   María Fabiola Cantú is the Executive Director of Centro Latinoamericano de Derechos Humanos (CLADH). She is a lawyer who studied at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Law School (Mendoza-Argentina), where she had an outstanding academic performance. She was recognized by the Argentine Federation of Women as the best graduate of her career. Diploma in International Defense of Human Rights (Escuela de Prácticas Jurídicas de la Universidad de Zaragoza – CLADH). Diploma in Women Human Rights (Universidad Austral – with collaboration of OEA). Selected in 2015 to conduct an academic exchange at the Faculty of Law of the Autonomous University of Chiapas (San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico), where she studied International Systems for the Protection of Human Rights, International Law and Indigenous Law. During her stay in Mexico she collaborated with the Penitentiary Center No. 5 of San Cristóbal de las Casas in the integration of the indigenous population with the rest of the prison population.

She served as Director of the Freedom of Expression and Transparency Area of ​​Centro Latinoamericano de Derechos Humanos (CLADH). She is currently the Coordinator of the International Journal of Human Rights, a scientific publication of the same organization. Shee has experience in international litigation of human rights cases and in human rights activism on issues of access to public information and citizen participation.    

2019 Open Data Day celebrations in Kenya

- March 27, 2019 in equal development, kenya, Open Data Day, open data day 2019, Open Mapping

This report is part of the event report series on International Open Data Day 2019. On Saturday 2nd March, groups from around the world organised over 300 events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. EldoHub and OpenStreetMap Kenya received funding through the mini-grant scheme by Mapbox and the the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, to organise events under the Open Mapping and Equal Development themes respectively. This is a joint report produced by Magdaline Chepkemoi and Laura Mugeha: their biographies are included at the bottom of this post. To celebrate the 2019 Open Data Day, EldoHub and OpenStreetMap Kenya organized events in Eldoret and Nairobi respectively. EldoHub, a technology innovation hub located in Uasin Gishu County, in the western region of Kenya, organized a whole day event whose main goal was to equip the youth with knowledge on how they can leverage on open data / open government, to find opportunities for meaningful employment (inclusive jobs for disadvantaged African youth) and how they can help our local government to be more open for inclusive youth participation. The 2019 open data day, celebrations in Eldoret raised our voice and triggered conversations for action on youth inclusive participation and sustainable approaches towards unemployment through digital jobs and open governments.

Participants following keenly the discussions on Open Governments ODD 2019

The meeting was attended by over 40 youth between the ages of 18 to 25 years old. A powerful list of speakers and expertise were invited to facilitate and give talks on business and entrepreneurship, open data/ open governments and digital work.  The speakers comprised of technologist, local government, business experts and data experts.

Group Discussions during ODD 2019, Eldoret Kenya

The day was officially opened by Mr. Shah a renowned business leader in the region, who gave a talk on business and entrepreneurship. He shared his personal story and experience in the entrepreneurship journey. The over 40 participants were inspired by his quote, “Nobody is born with a good idea”.  He insisted that ideas only become good when we tirelessly work on them and build them to have value for the purpose they are serving. The second session was facilitated by Uasin Gishu County, ICT and e-governments Director Mrs. Elizabeth Birgen. She led a discussion on how young people can leverage new technologies to help their governments be more transparent and listen to citizens’ needs and feedback. The attendees engaged her with questions regarding transparency and opportunities for the youth. She also highlighted that Uasin Gishu County Government is on course with ensuring youth have resourceful centres where they can nurture their skills and talents. Lastly, Chepkemoi Magdaline, the organizer facilitated training on Digital jobs and how youth in the western region can leverage on open data to access opportunities. After the training, the participants were placed into groups with volunteer mentors facilitating the formed groups.  Zuzzana who is a project coordinator at St Bakhita House of hope, a vocational training centre for women and girls mentored the youth. Dan Mudega from iHub, Nairobi Kenya also touched on the work they do at iHub, promising full support of the youth in regards to ICT and open governments.

Women and girls were encouraged to participate during ODD 2019, Eldoret, Kenya

Organized by OpenStreetMap Kenya, the event in Nairobi had a focus on the open mapping track to discuss everything about open spatial data and crowdsourced mapping. OpenStreetMap Kenya is a local community of individuals interested in OpenStreetMap and open mapping generally including organizations and YouthMappers chapters in Kenya. The event entailed several activities that were aimed at encouraging the participants to not only contribute to the OpenStreetMap project but to also use the data in the development of solutions to our day to day challenges being faced locally. The 35 participants included students, data scientists and software developers all interested in open mapping.

Attendees during Open Data Day in Nairobi

We first had an open discussion on what we understood by open data, open spatial data and open mapping. While our individual definitions varied, what was common was that open data is free and legally available implying that anyone can use, reuse and redistribute it with no charges. To support this, our speakers from Map Kibera Trust and IFRC shared about the state of open data in Kenya and how the two organizations are using open data in their work. Zack Wambua, the Lead mapper and cartographer at Map Kibera Trust shared about their work using OpenStreetMap in Kenya including the Open schools Kenya project aimed at putting all schools on the map including all the schools’ details and participatory budgeting project funded by the World Bank. He also shared about the challenges of using open data and how the organization has handled the same challenges before. Through their work, they also get to contribute back towards open data by sharing their work and results openly. Elijah Karanja also informed us about the use of open data in humanitarian contexts by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Kenya and Africa in general.

Zack Wambua, Map Kibera Trust shares about how the organization uses open data

Sharon Omoja, a trainer for OpenStreetMap Kenya then gave an introduction to OpenStreetMap sharing its history, what it is, who the OSM community includes and why & how one can contribute to the project.

Sharon Omoja, a trainer for OSM Kenya shares about OpenStreetMap

We then had a hands-on training session led by James Magige on how to contribute on OpenStreetMap and access this data. Afterwards, we had a short mapathon while answering questions that the attendees might have.

James Magige, a trainer at OSM Kenya shares about contributing to OSM and how to access the data

Lastly, our hosts from the University of Nairobi shared about why open data is important and encouraged its use to make data-driven decisions and drive innovation in the country.

Dr. Wambua and Dr. Mukhovi from the Department of geography at the University of Nairobi encouraging attendees to keep using and contributing towards open data initiatives

 

   

Biographies

Magdaline Chepkemoi is a computer scientist who is passionate about using technology and open data to transform African youth. She leads EldoHub, a technology and innovation hub, which empowers and supports young people to identify problems in their communities and apply different technologies to solve those problems. She has over 6 years of professional experience in software development, networking, ICT4D and education. Chepkemoi holds a master’s degree in Mobile Telecommunications and Innovation from Strathmore University. Chepkemoi also cofounded Techstarlets Kenya to empower and support women and girls in rural Kenya in STEM. She is also a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow for young African leaders, an initiative by the US Department of state. She was featured in 2018 among 20 faces of science in Kenya by Next Einstein Forum, during the Africa Science Week. Laura Mugeha is a freelance GIS analyst and developer in Kenya who is passionate about the achievement of sustainable development locally and other third world countries that are often left behind. Being passionate about open data and FOSS, she is one of the co-ordinators of OpenStreetMap Kenya and one of the 2019 YouthMappers Leadership Fellows. She is interested in working in the humanitarian space to drive social impact in various communities locally.

Open Data Day in Argentina: MenstruAction and Open Data for equality and citizen empowerment

- March 25, 2019 in argentina, equal development, Open Data Day, open data day 2019

This report is part of the event report series on International Open Data Day 2019. On Saturday 2nd March, groups from around the world organised over 300 events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. Escuela de Fiscales and Economía Femini(s)ta received funding through the mini-grant scheme by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, to organise events under the Equal Development theme. This is a joint report produced by Florencia Tundis, Lucía Espiñeira and Luciana Ambrosio: their biographies are included at the bottom of this post.  

MenstruAction

Promoting public policies for an egalitarian society

On March 8th, 2017, we launched #MenstruAction, a campaign that aims to show that menstruation is also a factor of inequality. This topic was added to a long list of gender issues that frame the work of Economía Femini(s)ta since 2015, such as gender pay gap, housework and other key factors that determine social disparities. Despite Menstruation being a fact for half of the world’s population, it’s still a taboo. The stigma around it affects the way we produce and share knowledge across communities. Official health campaigns in Argentina either do not provide or collect data about the consequences of long term exposure to chemicals by using tampons and pads, nor about its impact in school absenteeism due to lack of access to menstrual management products and environmental consequences in local ecosystems due to deforestation linked to its production. On March 2nd 2019 the Open Data Day took place in Buenos Aires. It’s the first time that we as an organization organize this event. Our main goal was to create an estimation on how much it costs for an Argentinian woman to menstruate. Our idea is to put this data to use, so that we can raise awareness in our society about the actual cost of tampons and pads. We did research on the medium age in which a woman starts to menstruate (menarche) and the age, when menstruation stops (menopause). Then, we crossed this information with the medium annual cost for a woman to menstruate, so we can know how much a woman spends per year in all her life in pads or tampons. We were 9 women: four economists, a science communicator, two economic students and two software engineers. We developed a scraper based on the Precios Claros website (https://www.preciosclaros.gob.ar/), which has open data about the prices of all the products that are commercialized in our country. With this input we were able to create a “menstrual basket”, which didn’t exist so far, due to the lack of visibility on this issue. This experience allowed us to partner with Las De Sistemas (@lasdesistemas), an organization that works to make the role of women and LGBTIQ people in the IT world. The technical knowledge to develop the “menstrual basket” came from them. We are very happy with the outcome, and hope to participate in many other events on open data to come!

Open Data for equality and citizen empowerment

Meanwhile, in the city of Mar del Plata, Argentina, the Open Data Day event was organized for the second consecutive year by the civil society organization Escuela de Fiscales. The main objective of this year was to invite other organizations that do not yet work with open data to know the possibilities they offer to achieve transparency and tools for the design of ideas and policies that generate egalitarian and fair societies. This year a dozen people participated in the call, among which were authorities of “Acompañantes Terapeuticos por la Vocacion”, “Acompañantes Terapeuticos Humanistas”, the society of cooperative action “El Progreso” and the group “Propuesta Democratica”. The activity was developed under the modality of a round table, where short exposures were made to generate triggers that later would be debated by the concurrence. With these exhibitions, practical cases were also visualized to generate an impact on how the data solved specific problems. In this way, after a brief introduction to the theory of open data, an interesting debate was generated regarding how they could be used in various areas, especially those related to inclusion and equal opportunities. During the debate that lasted more than two hours several issues were touched, among them how the correct information of the citizenship through the use of data can serve to combat fakes news and in that way allow better decisions to be made with greater freedom and knowledge. One of the main concerns of the participants was focused on how to ensure that Open Data could be disseminated for the generalized use of the population, and how to make transparency a central issue. In this way, the conversation derived in how the use of technology could favor, through the creation of webs and apps, the use of open data both for the diagnosis of community problems, citizen control and the solution of problems daily activities of citizenship. The meeting resulted in a strong commitment from the attending organizations and the organizer to continue on a path of joint work and to expand and make massive the use of open data and generate concrete solutions to problems in our community.  

Biographies

Lucía Espiñeira is 21 years old and an Economics student in the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She takes part in the MenstruAction campaign since 2017. She believes that academic tools are online useful in the streets. She works as a Junior Analyst in a consulting firm. A life dedicated to feminism and social justice is her main goals so far. Florencia Tundis is Economist and Cinematographic Scriptwriter. She works as a public employee, editor and scriptwriter. In the daytime, she tries to change de world with economics and feminism. In the nighttime, she writes stories that inspire girls and women to empower. Her idols are Amy Poehler, Nora Ephron, Salvadora Medina Onrubia and yourself. Luciana Ambrosio is Director of Accessibility and Inclusion of the OSC Escuela de Fiscales and activist of OGP Argentina. She seeks to promote democratic alternatives to introduce improvements in society and the environment. She works for the recognition of the rights of people in situations of vulnerability and through civic activism finds a promising way to achieve those goals.

Leveraging open data for healthier communities in Africa

- March 15, 2019 in equal development, Nigeria, Open Data Day, open data day 2019, zambia

On Open Data Day 2019, groups from around the world organised over 300 events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. The Women Economic and Leadership Transformation Initiative (WELTI) and Safety First for Girls Outreach Foundation (SAFIGI) received funding through our mini-grant scheme by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, to organise events under the Equal Development theme. The event report below was written by Ifeoma Okonji and Hadassah Louis: their biographies are included at the bottom of this post. We are living in times where the spotlight is on women. Gender equality and equal development is a running theme, however, this is not translated in the daily lives of women. The mantra has to be translated to actionable steps if we are to achieve SDG5 by 2030. Open Data is the best defense for women because data does not discriminate, especially when it accessible to and produced by underserved communities.

Women take the lead

Two female led and focused organizations in the Africa region leveraged Open Data Day 2019 to showcase how Open Data is crucial to improving the socio-economic conditions of women in developing communities. Women Economic and Leadership Transformation Initiative (WELTI) in Nigeria and Safety First for Girls Outreach Foundation (SAFIGI) in Zambia, both use open data as a response tool on issues affecting their respective communities. WELTI leads open data initiatives in Nigeria by ensuring that the young women whose lives are being impacted, leverage technology to make their businesses thrive, drive leadership and also in their educational life as such opportunities isn’t inherent in the normal school curriculum and have access to data that can help them in their daily lives. This involves leading stakeholder engagement strategies to drive this. SAFIGI taps into the power of working open, putting young women in leadership positions, and strategic collaboration to pursue research, create safety courses, and execute social campaigns in order to improve safety for girls. Open data often goes hand in hand with open working cultures and open business practices. While this culture lends itself to diversity, it is crucial that those who are involved in Open data take on a bottom up and inclusive approach so that marginalized communities do not continue to be sidelined in research spaces.

Cancer, data and female health

WELTI’s Open Data day was themed Cancer, Data and Female Health. In partnership with CEAFON Nigeria, an organization of doctors who are spreading awareness on cancer, the Women Economic and Leadership Transformation Initiative hosted the event at Girls Senior Academy Secondary School, Simpson Street, in Lagos. The ODD Nigeria event started by beneficiaries being asked what they understood by open data and what sort of data they look for when trying to access data. Young Nigeria women were shown statistics, preventive measures and care in regards to cancer. In the course of the training, they were shown how information can be sought openly. This included pre and post surveys regarding cancer,data and female health and what open sources are available to them to get information. We had 45% of these young women knowing what Cancer,Data and Female Health was all about and after the program, we had a 70% increase in awareness and knowledge and that was quite an impact. This included over a hundred female beneficiaries who were also exposed to sites and data collection/retrieval regarding the subject matter. At the clinical/population and research data level, opening up medical data, sharing and linking large healthcare datasets enables semantically to relate and enrich data on symptoms, diseases, diagnosis, treatments, and prescriptions offering the potential for improvements in care for individuals and populations as well as more efficient semantic access to the evidence base.

Safer communities with open data

SAFIGI Outreach Foundation in Lusaka, Zambia hosted Open Data Day with a goal to increase understanding on the benefits of Open Data in creating safer grassroots communities. The event was hosted at Global Platform in Lusaka. 80% of the attendees were female, and prior to the event 1 in 10 did not understand Open Data, and 40% of participants only had a rough idea about Open Data. The Open Data Day event by SAFIGI was structured to respond to this gap and share strategies which the participants could use to improve and solve issues in their community through Open Data. In 2019, Safety First for Girls is working on a campaign called Equality Culture in which they are engaging community members to address both positive and negative aspects of tradition in line with gender equality. This was founded on the youth led organizations Open research titled the Safety Report paper; https://goo.gl/4Ru6b7 in which they studied how culture, traditions and beliefs help maintain the status quo and inequality. Through this campaign, SAFIGI is using open data to improve safety conditions of girls in local communities through safety education, research, and advocacy. Open Data Day hosted by SAFIGI in Lusaka highlighted the gap in comprehensive research about women from grassroots communities. UN Online Volunteers who worked on the Open Research and Data Analysis through SAFIGI were part of a panel at the event to showcase a good example of how open data can bring positive change by sharing SAFIGI Foundations Open Data Analysis which we is accessible here:- https://goo.gl/RHCGec

An equal future is possible with open data

In a continent like Africa, rigged with strong patriarchal systems which create communities rife with gender inequality, open data initiatives can be a tool to enable for socio-economic empowerment of women. The strides made by SAFIGI and WELTI to use Open Data and open practices for equal development is creating communities within the continent that addresses inequality with evidence-based approaches. While Open data is gender neutral, a gendered approach is necessary for equal development in underserved and developing communities. This can only be accomplished when women take the lead in analysing core issues affecting their communities, sharing this through open data and using best practices to solve gender inequality. The capacity strengthening of female-led initiatives creates a ripple effect in the movement for a more equal world in which women are safer, healthier, and economically sound which emphasises on the human dignity of marginalized girls and in turn promotes their human rights. Open Data Day was more than just a celebration, it is a milestone toward creating a more equal world through data, one girl at a time.  

Biographies

Ifeoma Okonji is a Social entrepreneur, a Customer experience Professional with over ten years’ experience in both the profit and non-profit sector. She is an astute young lady who has a passion to empower young women, and also has a knack for smart work, dedication and teamwork. She is the founder of Women Economic and Leadership Transformation Initiative (WELTI) a non-profit that advocates for equality for young women in leadership, technology, health and education. She is also a Mozilla Open leader, an associate member of Women in Management, business and public service (WIMBIZ),an open knowledge thought leader/advocate and a member of Global giving International. She has a propensity to travel, sustain useful acquaintances and loves music and dancing. Hadassah Louis is a youth leader passionate about gender, digital literacy, and grassroots advocacy. She is founder of the SAFIGI Outreach Foundation and President of Digital Grassroots. She is also a 2019 IFF Community Development fellow, a 2019 Engineers Without Borders Canada Kumvana fellow, a Mozilla Open Leader and expert, an Internet Society 2017 Youth@IGF fellow , an open knowledge advocate, and a champion for capacity building of youth and girls. Hadassah graduated summa cum laude in multimedia journalism, and is a contributor on Impakter.com and Africa.com. She is a Woman Deliver Scholarship recipient 2019. Learn more about her work on www.hadassahlouis.com