Milton Keynes, England, OCTOBER 25, 2021
With the Women’s Empowerment Principles adoption, MKAI has joined over 3,000 other business leaders worldwide in collaborating with UN Women on the critical journey toward gender equality. Using these principles, businesses can promote gender equality and empower women at work, the marketplace, and in their communities. The WEPs are the result of a joint initiative between UN Women and the UN Global Compact.
MKAI aims to be a role model and enabler for other AI companies looking to empower women in the field. Increasing the number of female AI engineers and managers will help find the right balance in the AI field and serve as a catalyst for raising awareness about the importance of incorporating human values into AI systems that are equitable and accessible to all.
In a multi-year programme, and partnership with UN Women and MKAI member associations, the MKAI will implement the WEPs across three distinct workstreams:
Implementing the WEPs will involve a series of events and blogs that have already started in 2021.
For more info on the principles:
MKAI is an inclusive community of diverse thinkers that together are shaping the future of Artificial Intelligence. One of the core values is championing diversity and inclusion in Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI has had a diversity disaster that has contributed to flawed systems that perpetuate gender and racial biases. MKAI acknowledges the gravity of the situation and is committed to including diverse contributors to everything we do.
Also, we’re actively supporting AI developments that integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We believe that organizations globally must develop artificial intelligence that goes further than just creating profit. MKAI wants to see all organizations and companies factoring the UN SDGs into development and innovation.
Finally, we’re operating with transparency and fairness while creating awareness that AI, where possible, should be explainable, transparent, fair, and ethical.
About the Women’s Empowerment Principles:
What was the foundation for women’s empowerment?
Gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, market, and community are promoted by the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP). Based on international labour and human rights standards, the WEPs recognize that businesses stake in gender equality and women’s empowerment and are responsible for promoting them.
The WEPs are a primary corporate vehicle for delivering the 2030 Agenda and UN Sustainable Development Goals on gender equality. The CEO’s membership in the WEP community demonstrates his commitment to working collaboratively in multi-stakeholder networks to foster business practices that empower women.
The reason for workspace equality:
Website: www.empowerwomen.org/weps Twitter: @WEPrinciples
MKAI’s mission is to Integrate Sustainable Human Values into Artificial Intelligence. When we think about human values, human-centred, we must think women-centred. When a woman is successful, she expands it to her family, community, society, and everybody thrives. The number of women has to increase for a more trustworthy AI industry. MKAI and Women in MKAI work to mitigate gender stereotypes, including more and more women into the AI conversation and valuing different ways of thinking. Diversity is what we live and breathe. Women are a very heterogeneous group and must be respected and valued as so, no matter the culture, ethnicity, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation, rather if the woman is a migrant, refugee, or in which part of the world she is.
Lack of diversity in AI has reached a moment of reckoning. According to findings published by a New York University research centre “AI has had a diversity disaster that has contributed to flawed systems that perpetuate gender and racial biases. The industry has to acknowledge the gravity of the situation and admit that its existing methods have failed to address these problems.” This research affects all of us. We are constantly exposed to the societal challenges associated with biases in data, digital invasions of privacy, and invisible black-box AI algorithms that make decisions about our lives and whether we can access opportunities. The time for diverse perspectives is now, yet the AI industry is still 80% dominated by one gender, lacks neurodiversity and does not represent the people it needs to serve. MKAI is the artificial intelligence community that connects diverse minds and delivers impactful community-led projects to make artificial intelligence (AI) more inclusive, accessible and rooted in sustainable human values.