Wiki Loves Women
There are countless influential women who have shaped Africa’s countries and societies. But few African women enjoy exposure on internationally relevant online databases such as Wikipedia. WikiAfrica and the Goethe-Institut intend on tackling this issue with the Wiki Loves Women project.
Gender inequality is ubiquitous around the world, and also in many African countries. Even with advances made in levelling the disparities between women and men in the workplace and in society, systematic preferential treatment of men persists in news and reporting, among other sectors.
There are many influential women who have shaped Africa’s countries and societies. Countless innovative businesswomen are driving the diverse formal and informal business sectors on the continent forward. However, there are daily problems which make women and girls the most vulnerable members of society. The trials and tribulations of women must be interrogated for commonalities as those of men have been. Few of the common trials and tribulations which women face are documented online, fewer still are documented on internationally relevant online databases such as Wikipedia.
The Wiki Loves Women project addresses these issues, with a specific focus on bringing the obvious gaps inside Wikipedia - Africa and women- more to the fore; issues concerning the common themes on Wikipedia as well as the authors are of particular importance.
Wiki Loves Women is a 15 month-long project by WikiAfrica in partnership with the Goethe-Institut. It is being coordinated by Isla Haddow-Flood und Florence Devouard.
More information is on http://www.wikiloveswomen.org/