The role of women in opening data - Event Report

Monday 8 March 2021
14:00 (EST)
Online, Panama (The Americas)
Lia Hernández, IPANDETEC

On Saturday 6th March 2021, the eleventh Open Data Day took place with people around the world organising hundreds of events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. Thanks to generous support from key funders, the Open Knowledge Foundation was able to support the running of more than 60 of these events via our mini-grants scheme.

This event received an Open Knowledge Foundation mini-grant thanks to support from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

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How did your event celebrate open data?

We celebrated our event commemorating International Open Data Day and International Women's Day. We consider an excellent opportunity to unify these themes that are fundamental for equal development.

Before the event, we launched a survey to evaluate the knowledge that the participants subsequently had about open data, after we generated a registration link for the event that had the participation of more than 50 people.

We train Panamanian women about their current position, role and future in the world of open data. We present success stories of young Panamanian women in open data. We motivate the population to get involved in projects that use data to promote equality.

Lessons learned from your event

We learned that it is never too late to involve citizens in activities in favor of egalitarian development. It is essential to offer information on various initiatives such as Open Data Day.
In Panama, there are many women interested in open data, some are just learning about the subject, others already have a long journey in the area and others are considered success stories for their initiatives. It is important that all these women have spaces for coexistence in common so that they share their initiatives with the community that is interested in strengthening egalitarian development through open data.

Why do you love Open Data Day?

IPANDETEC is an organisation that watches over human rights in the digital environment. We believe and support all initiatives related to transparency, data and open government.

We love Open Data Day, because it is a space that brings together people from all over the world with the same goal, financing innovative initiatives to educate the community about open data.

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