Rapid technological advancements in AI and ICTs are transforming our society, with a direct impact on almost all human activities in different regions worldwide. In the near future, AI could potentially address many of humanities’ most critical issues, including those related to education, health, access to information, inequalities, etc. Thailand ranked 56 in Government AI readiness index 2019 (Oxford), demonstrating the positive attitude of the Thai government to prepare for the new technological era among all 194 countries listed in the index. Various smart projects have been established within the framework of Thailand 4.0 to help local industries develop innovative solutions when facing new socio and economic challenges. However, an emerging gender divide also appears along with the development of this technology – for example, the AI assistants are often projected as young women, which illustrates gender biases coded into technology products. In Thailand, women are two to three times less likely to do ICT related jobs, including programmer, web designer, etc. Therefore, it is necessary to leverage the emerging new technology to empower Thai women to improve gender equality in the technology-related domain.
In this context, UNESCO Bangkok will organize three one-hour online training sessions on AI for girls in Thailand. Girls from late secondary school to university will be introduced to the gender bias of technologies, the human-centred ROAM approach to AI development, as well as other technical aspects related to AI and other ICTs’ development. This series of online sessions aim to make women learners comfortable with AI and equip them for the future labour market. The training modules seek to help switch the mindsets of girls from being passive consumers to active creators of technology and to reduce the gender gap in the field of AI. If it develops in a way that benefits humanity, AI has great potential for promoting the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. Encouraging women especially young women to understand, learn and program AI is a first step and effective solution to tackle gender disparity in technology and in the whole society.
Date and Place
The training modules will be online
Date: 3, 10, 17 September
Language: Thai, English (a little)
- Cisco WEBEX
- Line group to interact with trainers (scan QR code)
Themes and Activities
UNESCO will deliver 3 online training modules, with some pre-readings and between-session activities, to encourage the engagement and rational thinking of the students about AI and technologies.
|module||Topic and main content (to be further discussed with the facilitator)||Facilitators||Date and duration|
|2||Gender and AI
- Lectures 10
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 1 hour/week (3 weeks)
- Skill level All levels
- Language Thai/English
- Students 6
- Assessments Yes
Setup and Introduction
Gender and AI