Celebrating Women in Data

For International Women's Day and beyond, let's all fully #EmbraceEquity. Equity isn't just a nice-to-have, it's a must-have.

- International Women's Day

The United Nations Observance of IWD, under the theme “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”, recognizes and celebrates the women and girls who are championing the advancement of transformative technology and digital education.

- United Nations

The ODI is marking International Women’s Day by highlighting some of the women we’ve met over the last twelve months whose work has inspired us.

At the ODI Summit 2022: Data Decade, hosted by Navdip Dhariwal, a former BBC Global Affairs Correspondent, half of the speakers on the virtual main stage were women.

One of the highlights of the Summit was Navdip Dhariwal’s fireside chat with Nobukhosi Zulu,  Human Rights, Feminist Legal Practices, Gender and Law Practitioner from South Africa. They discussed data colonialism and the power imbalance that still exists between the Global North and Global South in the digital age.

Women in data at the State of Open Conference

Karen Jewell, a data scientist and analyst who works voluntarily to maintain the Open Data Scotland project, is another woman pushing boundaries in the open data space. We first met her when she submitted a proposal to speak in the Open Data Room at the first State of Open Conference held across two days in Feb 2023. SOOCON23 was an incredibly powerful and diverse event imagined and put together by another inspirational leader we are in awe of, Amanda Brock, CEO of OpenUK.

Of course we invited Karen to speak at the conference, and her talk Learnings from Navigating Scotland's Open Data Landscape is a must-see for everyone working to make open data easily accessible and available to citizens.

I was really inspired by Karen’s work on Open Data Scotland; her pragmatic approach to the project is extremely motivational. Her enthusiasm shines through and is infectious!

- Angela Baker, Data Assurance Programme Lead, ODI

Introducing the women who've joined the team in the last 12 months - Sasha Moriniere, Anastasia Shteyn, Angela Baker, Jhilla Khodaie, Jane Crowe, Sherelle Parke, Sophia Worth, Kanika Joshi, Lou Lynch, Awa Mohamed, Office Manager & Kristin Hadland, Events Director

We will be adding more amazing women to this page throughout the week.