(Manila, Philippines, July 6) With the Philippines bracing itself for the impact of artificial intelligence (AI), one social impact tech startup is making sure that Filipino women are prepared for the inevitable changes.
Philippines-based startup Connected Women creates opportunities for both skilled and underskilled women by training them to be data annotators, which are considered to be essential in any program that uses AI.
Labeling and categorizing images can earn data annotators around P500 per day, depending on their output. This is more than what many Filipino women earn in the informal economy due to lack of education or access to decent jobs. Outside NCR, the minimum wage ranges from P200 to P400 a day.
The training is part of the #WomenRiseAboveCovid program in partnership with the joint EU-UN Women program WeEmpowerAsia. This initiative is one of two tracks with the other focused on helping women business owners during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Founder Gina Romero said that the reputation of Filipinos for being hard working will help us stand out in this fast-growth market.
“As long as we keep advocating for the training, the tools, the knowledge, and the awareness about these types of opportunities, I think this industry will surely grow,” Romero said
Connected Women plans to train 200 women by the end of the year and 1,000 more by next year. As an advocate of technology and the opportunities that platforms like Connected Women create, Romero believes that technology can be empowering for women at all levels.
“Technology is a game-changer for women and providing access to remote and flexible work means having a choice between staying in the workforce or being forced to drop out.”
Who can join ELEVATE-AIDA? (Sino ang pwedeng sumali sa ELEVATE-AIDA?)
This program also prioritizes women from the following segments (Ang programang ito ay nagbibigay prayoridad sa mga kababaihan na kabilang sa mga sumusunod):