Side events

Side events

WHAT: The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is pleased to invite you to an online event addressing the significance of gender issues in the development and deployment of military artificial intelligence (AI) systems. The event will be an opportunity to present findings from UNIDIR research about gender bias in data collection, algorithms, and computer processing and their implications for AI military systems.

Panellists will reflect on the challenges associated with AI systems’ development and deployment in specific contexts. Drawing on various human rights and gender equality frameworks, as well as the ongoing multilateral process on LAWS, panellists will consider possible avenues for countering AI bias and mitigating harm. In doing so, the discussion will seek to chart a path for technology development that promotes — rather than hinders — gender equity and contributes to gender mainstreaming in the military.


  • Welcoming Remarks by Dr. Cécile Aptel, Deputy Director, UNIDIR
  • Initial presentation by Dr. Kate Chandler (Georgetown University / UNIDIR), followed by panel discussion.
  • Concluding Remarks by Ambassador Jacqueline O’Neill, Canada

*More speakers to be announced soon on our event page

PARTICIPANTS: The event is online and is open to Member States representatives, civil society and experts.


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