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Social Impact, Tech for Social Good at CSW 2023

Social Impact, Tech for Social Good at CSW 2023
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Mala Kumar @malakumar85

Director of Tech for Social Good, GitHub Social Impact
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Cynthia Lo @csmlo

Program Manager, Skills-Based Volunteering, GitHub Social Impact

February 21, 2023 // DevelopersSkills-Based VolunteeringPartnerships

Published on: February 21, 2023

Last Updated: March 8, 2023

This post will be updated periodically with new registration links and panelist names.

GitHub Social Impact, Tech for Social Good is hosting two parallel events for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 67) in March 2023. Our events are aligned with the CSW 67 priority theme of “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.” These will be the first CSW events GitHub has ever hosted and we look forward to connecting with you!

Parallel Event 1: Centering Women’s Equity in Digital Technology

This event will focus on digital technology solutions for three challenges that people who identify as women and girls disproportionately face globally: access to technology skills, online harassment and bullying, and gender-based violence. We’ll hear from five esteemed panelists working in Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, the UK, and the US, about the technology solutions they have built to address these pressing issues, and how software developers and other technologists can leverage their skills to contribute. The keynote address will focus on how artificial intelligence (AI) tools and models can advance women’s equity. We will also announce an exciting new GitHub Tech for Social Good program.


This is a hybrid event. You must register to attend in-person or virtually.

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, 10 March 2023
  • Time: 1 - 2:30 PM ET
  • In-person location: 1 Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza (885 2nd Avenue), 34th flooor, New York, NY 10017


  • Fereshteh Forough - CEO and Founder, Code to Inspire (panelist)
  • Ifunanya Ikemma - Senior Enterprise Integration Engineer, Flutterwave (panelist)
  • Stephanie Coker - Senior Consultant, Evaluation and Learning, TCC Group (panelist)
  • Tarunima Prabhakar - Research Lead and Founder, Tattle (panelist)
  • Hera Hussain - Founder and CEO, Chayn (panelist)
  • Shelley McKinley - Vice President, Microsoft and Chief Legal Officer, GitHub (keynote and moderator)
  • Mala Kumar - Director, Tech for Social Good, GitHub (host and moderator)


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Parallel Event 2: Women in Open Source in Life Sciences

This event will discuss the challenges women encounter in open source software development for life sciences, with a focus on open source education in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Panelists will discuss the opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls by focusing on skilling and training, stories of how women tackled challenges working in life sciences tech, and opportunities for the private sector to create impact.

Join this session to see how women and girls can get involved in open sciences!

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 16 March 2023
  • Time: 11 AM - 11:30 AM ET



About the organizations

Ersilia disseminates AI/ML models focused on diseases that are neglected by the pharmaceutical industry due to estimated low return on investment, such as diseases endemic to LMICs. Open Life Sciences is a mentorship program for open science ambassadors with a focus on designing equitable opportunities in open source projects.

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