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Ivana Feldfeber

We work at the intersection of data, gender and policy. Our goal is to monitor the production of data and create sustainable data futures for our region.

About the work

There are gender gaps in data worldwide. We only know fragments of the lives of women, girls and LGBTI+ people and the issues they face. We seek to build a sustainable and inclusive data future in Latin America. We want to make visible the issue of missing gender data in Latin America. 90% of the data published in the region in open data portals, governments and companies do not have a gender perspective and does not serve to answer urgent questions about women’s and LGBTI+ people’s issues in the region. Of the 10% available, we only obtain binary statistics (female-male sex) without having realistic representations of the diverse realities of gender identities. We also want to address the urgent need for feminist research, feminist data and feminist AI. We don’t want to reproduce the capitalist and patriarchal way of creating knowledge and methodologies. We aim to create collectively a Latin American feminist network of data and IA. Although we are a collective of women and LGBTI+ people, I monitor the current projects and organize our daily, weekly and monthly work. Ivana is a member of the Herramientas de Automatización Hacia una Reforma Judicial Feminista en Argentina y México from DataGénero, Data Observatory with a Gender Perspective Civil Association, Paper Cohort 2021.

Impact

The lack of transparency regarding the treatment of gender-based violence against women and LGBTI+ persons in Latin America is an urgent problem that endangers lives and contributes to the feeling and sense of insecurity of the victims, which generates a persistent distrust in the system of administration of justice. As a consequence, justice is often not sought in the face of gender-based violence. This proposal explores the use of artificial intelligence models to generate public value in the knowledge of the functioning of justice, the generation of data for public policy decision-making, and the improvement of access to justice for victims of gender violence through a system with automated parts that help improve the work of the judiciary in Mexico and Argentina. This research and implementation is carried out by an interdisciplinary intersectional feminist team from Argentina and Mexico, and seeks to set a precedent on the design and implementation of feminist open source technologies from the Global South.