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												Call for Participation

First Call for Participation:

EXIST@IberLEF 2021:

Task: EXIST-sEXism Identification in Social neTworks 


It will take place as part of IberLEF 2021, the 3rd Workshop on Iberian Languages Evaluation Forum at the SEPLN 2021 Conference, which will be held in September 2021 in Spain.

We are launching the first shared task on sEXism Identification in Social neTworks (EXIST) at IberLEF 2021. The aim of EXIST is to automatically identify sexism content on Twitter and Detecting online sexism may be difficult, as it may be expressed in very different forms. Sexism may sound “friendly”: the statement “Women must be loved and respected, always treat them like a fragile glass” may seem positive, but is actually considering that women are weaker than men. Sexism may sound “funny”, as it is the case of sexist jokes or humour (“You have to love women… just that… You will never understand them.”). Sexism may sound “offensive” and “hateful”, as in “Humiliate, expose and degrade yourself as the fucking bitch you are if you want a real man to give you attention”. Our aim is the detection of sexism in a broad sense, from explicit misogyny to other subtle expressions that involve implicit sexist behaviours. The automatic identification of sexisms in a broad sense may help to create, design and determine the evolution of new equality policies, as well as encourage better behaviors in society.

Participants will be asked to classify “tweets” and “gab post” (in English and Spanish) according to the following two tasks:

Task 1 - The first subtask is a binary classification. The systems have to decide whether or not a given text (tweet or gab) is sexist (i.e., it is sexist itself, describes a sexist situation or criticizes a sexist behaviour).

Task 2 - Once a message has been classified as sexist, the second task aims to categorize the message in different types of sexism (according to the categorization proposed by experts and that takes into account the different facets of women that are undermined). In particular, we propose a five-classification task: (i) IDEOLOGICAL AND INEQUALITY, (ii) STEREOTYPING AND DOMINANCE, (iii) OBJECTIFICATION, (iv) SEXUAL VIOLENCE and (v) MISOGYNY AND NON-SEXUAL VIOLENCE.

Although we recommend to participate in both subtasks, participants are allowed to participate just in one of them (e.g., subtask 1).

During the training phase, the task organizers will provide to the participants the manually-annotated EXIST training dataset (tweets). For the evaluation of the teams, the unlabelled test data will be released (tweets and gabs). After the assessment, the labels for the test sets will be given for both subtasks.

We encourage participation from both academic institutions and industrial organizations. We invite the participants to fill this form You will receive information about how to join the Google Group about the EXIST shared task.

Important Dates:

* 1 Feb 2021 Registration open
* 8 Mar 2021 Training set available.
* 14 Apr 2021 Testing set available.
* 28 Apr 2021 Systems results due to organizers.
* 12 May 2021 Results notification to participants.
* 26 May 2021 Submission of Working Notes by participants.
* 16 Jun 2021 Reviews to participants (peer-reviews).
* 30 Jun 2021 Camera-ready due to organizers.
* Sep 2021 EXIST@IberLEF 2021

**Note: All deadlines are 11:59PM UTC-12:00 ("anywhere on Earth").**


Jorge Carrillo-de-Albornoz, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)
Francisco Rodríguez-Sánchez, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)
Laura Plaza, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)
Julio Gonzalo, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)
Paolo Rosso, Universitat Politècnica de Valencia (UPV)
Trinidad Donoso, Universidad de Barcelona (UB)
Miriam Comet, Universidad de Barcelona (UB)


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