Harnessing Data and Technology for Women in Public Policy

Session Report Anubhuti Mahanta

#IMPRI Gender Impact Studies IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi organized “YWLPPF Young Women Leaders in Public Policy Fellowship- Winter’24”, a two-month online immersive introductory leadership certificate training fellowship program to empower young women to become effective leaders in the field of public policy through a comprehensive learning experience delivered by leading women experts in the field. The session’s experts included Dr. Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Associate Professor of Economics, and Vishwa Vallabha, also a Visiting Senior Fellow at IMPRI, Advocate Aradhana Johri Menon, Director of Majlis Legal Center Mumbai and our program chair, Vibhuti Patel.

Dr. Soumyadip Chattopadhyay took over to discuss navigating data and emerging tech for young women in public policy. He emphasized the exponential increase in data volume, the challenges of handling big data, and the importance of data quality. He also highlighted the potential of big data and artificial intelligence (AI) to revolutionize public policy. He encouraged young women to recognize the power of data and AI and to use it to create innovative solutions for society. He outlined the benefits of big data for public policy-making, such as evidence-based decisions, product innovation, and accountability in public service delivery. Dr. Chattopadhyay also addressed the government’s role in data generation and the need for an integrated data system. He touched upon practical issues, such as data privacy, cybersecurity threats, and the potential exclusion of demographic groups.

He argued that the government must create policies and legal frameworks to protect citizens’ data from misuse and abuse. He also highlighted the need for comprehensive training and education for government officials and citizens to familiarize them with the implications of big data. He concluded by stressing that while data is essential, it is not a panacea for all policy-making problems and must be accompanied by proactive policy options and targeted development interventions. He emphasized the need for transparency and accountability in the use of data, as well as the need for clear regulations that govern the use of data.

After his presentation, it was taken over by Advocate Aradhana Johri Menon.

The session concluded with a Q&A segment where participants engaged with the speakers, discussing topics such as the challenges of data collection at the local level, the ethical use of big data, and the practical application of laws to support women facing violence. The speakers provided insights and encouraged participants to consider the importance of solidarity, accountability, and practical support in advancing women’s rights and public policy

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