France will soon be hosting the 4th global summit for Open Government Partnership (OGP) scheduled to take place from the 7th – 9th of December. The event will gather together more than 3000 representatives from over 70 countries, featuring heads of state, government ministers, public servants, members of parliament, local authorities, startups, digital innovators, developers, researchers and many more.
Earlier this year a process of co-construction of the program was launched in order to build an agenda that reflects the priorities of the participants. The key areas that the summit aims to tackle include transparency and anti-corruption, climate action and sustainable development, digital commons and civic technology, access to information, open parliament and improvements to the better implementation of open government.
A session to look out for at OGP2016 is “Open Gender Monologues”, presented by Open Heroines.The group have been known to promote different voices from within open government, data and civic technologies: notably they organised a panel at the International Open Data Conference (IODC2016) recently, and published a range of blog posts written by women in technology which are designed to provide a safe space through their Slack channel.
In the session Open Heroines explain that the content will be “unheard voices from the OGP community, success stories and challenges for women and the LGBTQ community in the open government space”. They hope to conclude by reflecting on how we can create a better space to overcome gender disparity in our community.