Let's reduce gender gaps and emissions! - Open Gov #21
Reducing gender gaps and carbon emissions urges open data strategies for the participation of all people and a sustainable world to live in.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is approaching, so we will dedicate a section of this month’s newsletters to expose different types of violence or inequalities but also initiatives to eradicate them. And if we are talking about reduction, emissions are another field of action that can be based on data.
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This issue is the turn of gender-sensitive policies on budgeting and closing the digital divide:
“Open Budget with Gender and Diversity Perspective” is an initiative of the Ministry of Economy of Argentina. This makes transparent the execution of money of state entities to reduce inequalities, taking as a starting point the numbers of labor gaps, income and unpaid work time.
The Women’s Rights Online (WRO) network brings together World Wide Web Foundation and several organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Asia to close the gender digital divide, which affects women’s participation and social control of the public. Therefore, WRO published the rating that assesses women’s disadvantages in internet access, digital skills and online rights, as well as policy measures and progress in some countries across the continents.
WRO also made the “Gender and ICT Policy Handbook”, which has a series of steps for advocacy and policy formulation to close the gender digital divide.
Emissions reductions from data
Throughout COP27, governments agree on the international climate action agenda. And what actions are in the hands of business? One option is to make decisions from evidence. Open Data Institute (ODI) provides some reasons for a net-zero data strategy, i.e., one that reduces carbon dioxide emission to the point that the atmosphere can reabsorb through forests and the ocean.
How does this work? Companies can know the costs of their processes thanks to data. If they decrease energy consumption, for example, they also manage to make their products cheaper. The result is a lower-priced, net-zero offering, an added value that appeals to consumers. With open data on the process, companies build trust, replicate innovative ideas or find more efficient ways of doing things.
A data strategy improves internal operations and external offerings, increases transparency and trust, and promotes collaborative innovation. In addition, governments can adopt it to increase efficiency while decreasing emissions.
Experts in climate science, policy and energy can give further insights. CarbonBrief gathered them in “The Global South Climate Database”, as they come from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Pacific.
🏙️ Interactive tool to understand how local governments work in Los Angeles | Los Angeles Times
⚖️ Workshop “Data Justice in Latin America: Challenges and Alternatives” (es) | Global Data Justice
🦾 Recordings of the course “Artificial Intelligence in the public sector” (es) | Latin American Initiative for Open Data (ILDA, as its acronym in Spanish)
🧭 OGP Strategy Phase 1 Reflections: Community Conversations | Open Government Partnership
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