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25.02.2018 General News

Visuals For Gender Holds Hackathon And Stakeholders Engagement Forum

Visuals For Gender Holds Hackathon And Stakeholders Engagement Forum
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Visuals for Gender, an open data project funded by AmplifyChange, is organising a two-day gender hackathon and stakeholders engagement at Mobile Web Ghana, Agboba - North Legon.

This is scheduled to take place from Friday March 2 to Saturday, March 3, 2018.

A statement by Mrs Florence Toffah, Project Manager for Visuals for Gender and copied to the Ghana News Agency said 'the goal of the Visuals for Gender project is to highlight the critical gender-related issues in our society, share them with citizens, policymakers and journalists for actions to be taken in accordingly.'

The statement said the programme would be held on the theme: "Hacking for Gender: Combatting gender-based violence with the power of technology" and the data sets use would be on: violence, child marriages, defilement and rape.

"We are organising this Gender Hackathon in our bid to bring together all stakeholders and interested persons to work together to develop interesting visualisations that give new insights into gender-based violence data sets.

"The two-day event will be characterised by presentations by some notable gender activists, training in data analysis and visualisation, the hackathon itself and then the presentation and stakeholder engagement session.

"This event is aimed at bringing all the actors in the gender space to accomplish two main objectives: and to train journalists, CSOs, gender activists, civic technologists, developers, passionate citizens on telling gender-based violence stories using dynamic and static visualisations.

"This is also an opportunity for all these players to brainstorm on ideas and simple tech solutions that can help mitigate gender-based violence and promote an equal society.'

The statement said it would have a stakeholders' dialogue on the results of the various technology solutions developed during the hackathon and results of the work of Visuals for Gender to date and the ultimate goal was to dialogue on some of the actions that needed to be taken and the role of good policies in promoting a better society for all.

"We are calling on all who are concerned about gender-based violence to register to participate in this hackathon and It is our hope that together we can all contribute in making discussions on gender-based violence more data-driven thereby compelling the appropriate authorities to take immediate action to curb the situation", the statement said.