By Joan Katambi
The open data movement in the area of access to public and other information is relatively new but very significant in the East African Region States namely (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan). Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) and Digital Literacy Initiative organized a session in order to raise awareness on the open data movement.
The session addressed the need to make open data available to all citizens, including women and individuals with disabilities in the East Africa Region. Panelists encouraged governments to develop open data governance policies and frameworks. Moreover, the urgency to have standard formats for publishing data that women and people with disabilities (PWDs) can interpret was emphasized.
The session was moderated by Peace Oliver Amuge, Executive Director at Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) who highlighted the significance of open data policies related to access by the public in East Africa and called upon the panelists to explore challenges that surround the availability of data and its accessibility by vulnerable groups such as women and Persons with Disabilities.