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Ghana Diaspora Women Organisation (GDW) launched in London

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On October 26, the Ghana Diaspora Women Organisation (GDW) was officially launched in London with Oheneyere Gifty Anti as the Keynote Speaker, Mrs Rita Tani Iddi, Deputy Ghana High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland, Mrs Cynthia Appiagyei of Trinity Baptist Church and Mrs Dentaa Amoateng MBE amongst many other dynamic speakers gracing the occasion.

Founded in June 2019 by Mrs Marie Amoakwa-Boadu, GDW is a registered Non-Profit organisation headquartered in the UK with 5 other chapters around the world including Italy, USA, Hungary, Ghana, and Canada.

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Ghana Diaspora Women Organisation (GDW) is a global non-partisan organisation that seeks to empower women and girls both in the diaspora and Ghana to develop more of a keen interest in participating in decision-making and governance processes. GDW is focused to do research on women’s experiences in policy making in Ghana and how through advocacy and outreach we can inspire many more who will develop an interest and the confidence to aspire to go into Parliament.

This we believe will create an opportunity to generate government commitment, partnership and networks in fulfilling policies that will promote the affairs, interests and rights of all Ghanaian Women and girls particularly that of the underprivileged in our society. Education and empowerment of women and girls is pivotal and will further enhance sustainable development in our communities.GDW3

Marie Amoakwa-Boadu commented: “Our commitment as an organisation is to reach as many women and girls as we can both home and abroad to shift the paradigm and increase female presence in policy making. We seek to achieve this through amplifying the voices of women as agents of change so that we can keep the conversation alive and ongoing.”

In order to be more effective and efficient GDW have structured the organisation on a three-thronged approach, where the main focus areas will provide women and girls, who come in to serve Ghana the opportunity to function effectively based on their areas of preference.GDW 4

“We have the Voice Up Platform, for women who are particularly interested in policy and decision-making, activism and to keep the ongoing conversation on gender equity and equality going strong. Additionally, there is emphasis on our corporate social responsibility activities, where we are committed to petitioning to eliminate Schools Under Trees however, we want to be a part of the process to solving the problems as such we have embarked on a journey to do so. Our aim is to build decent structures for the children to learn so that as well educators amongst us can contribute through their expertise effectively to make a tangible impact in the lives of the children and adults who support them”, Marie Amoakwa-Boadu, adds.GDW 2

Contact details:

Tel: +447732465239 Email:- info@ghanadiasporawomen.com

https://ghanadiasporawomen.com/

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Meta’s AI AI machine translation research helps break language barriers

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Today, Meta announced that it has built and open sourced ‘No Language Left Behind’ NLLB-200, a single AI model that is the first to translate across 200 different languages, including 55 African languages with state-of-the-art results. Meta is using the modelling techniques and learnings from the project to improve and extend translations on Facebook, Instagram, and Wikipedia.

 

In an effort to develop high-quality machine translation capabilities for most of the world’s low-resource languages, this single AI model was designed with a focus on African languages. They are challenging from a machine translation perspective. AI models require lots and lots of data to help them learn, and there’s not a lot of human translated training data for these languages. For example, there’s more than 20M people who speak and write in Luganda but examples of this written language are extremely difficult to find on the internet.

 

We worked with professional translators for each of these languages to develop a reliable benchmark which can automatically assess translation quality for many low-resource languages. We also work with professional translators to do human evaluation too, meaning people who speak the languages natively evaluate what the AI produced. The reality is that a handful of languages dominate the web, so only a fraction of the world can access content and contribute to the web in their own language. We want to change this by creating more inclusive machine translations systems – ones that unlock access to the web for the more than 4B people around the world that are currently excluded because they do not speak one of the few languages content is available in.

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Language is our culture, identity, and lifeline to the world. However, as high-quality translation tools don’t exist for hundreds of languages, billions of people today can’t access digital content or participate fully in conversations and communities online in their preferred or native languages. This is especially true for hundreds of millions of people who speak the many languages of Africa.

 

“Africa is a continent with very high linguistic diversity, and language barriers exist day to day. We are pleased to announce that 55 African languages will be included in this machine translation research, making it a major breakthrough for our continent,” Balkissa Ide Siddo, Public Policy Director for Africa said while speaking about the launch of the AI model. “In the future, imagine visiting your favourite Facebook group, coming across a post in Igbo or Luganda, and being able to understand it in your own language with just a click of a button – that’s where we hope research like this leads us. Highly accurate translations in more languages could also help to spot harmful content and misinformation, protect election integrity, and curb instances of online sexual exploitation and human trafficking.”

 

While commenting on accessibility and inclusion in the pursuit of building an equitable metaverse, Ide Siddo added “At Meta, we are working today to ensure that as many people as possible will be able to access the new educational, social and economic opportunities that the next evolution of the internet will bring to future technology and an everyday living experience tomorrow.”

 

To confirm that the translations are high quality, Meta also created a new evaluation dataset, FLORES-200, and measured NLLB-200’s performance in each language. Results revealed that NLLB-200 exceeds the previous state of the art by an average of 44 percent.

 

Meta is also open-sourcing the NLLB-200 model and publishing a slew of research tools to enable other researchers to extend this work to more languages and build more inclusive technologies. Meta AI is also providing up to $200,000 of grants to non-profit organizations for real world applications for NLLB-200.

 

There are versions of Wikipedia in more than 300 languages, but most have far fewer articles than the 6+ million available in English. Following Meta’s partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that hosts Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects, modelling  techniques and learnings from the NLLB research are now also being applied to translation systems used by Wikipedia editors. Using the Wikimedia Foundation’s Content Translation Tool, articles can now be easily translated in more than 20 low-resource languages (those that don’t have extensive datasets to train AI systems), including 10 that previously were not supported by any machine translation tools on the platform.

 

To explore a demo of NLLB-200 showing how the model can translate stories from around the world, visit here. You can also read the research paper here.

 

 

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