Wiki Loves Women

Wiki Loves Women bridges two significant gaps on Wikimedia projects – women and Africa – both in terms of content about these subjects and in terms of participation by people from these groups. A project of WikiAfrica at the Africa Centre in collaboration with the Goethe-Institute it takes place in four countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Gender inequality is rife across Africa. Although much progress has been made to address these inequalities in the workplace and within society, there remains a systemic bias towards profiling men, especially with regards to information, news and knowledge, both online and offline.

There are significant numbers of notable women who have shaped Africa's countries and societies, there are innovative business women who help to drive Africa’s many economies (formal and informal) and there are everyday realities that women and female children must face due to their gender. These stories need to sit alongside the ones of their male counterparts. Very few of these subjects can be found online, far fewer on the world’s largest knowledge repositories, such as Wikipedia.

The Wiki Loves Women project addressing this bias and focuses on bridging two significant gaps on Wikimedia projects – women and Africa – both in terms of content about these subjects and in terms of participation by people from these groups.

A project of WikiAfrica, Wiki Loves Women is designed to leverage Wikipedia’s role as a global repository for the dissemination of information to achieve accessible and fair online representation of women in countries in Africa. In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, the project works in four countries to encourage the contribution of existing researched and verified information from Civil Society Organisations and Gender-equality groups to Wikipedia. The donated data and content will specifically focus on women’s contribution to the political, economic, scientific, cultural and heritage landscape, as well as the current socio-political status of women, in each country. In addition, the project will encourage the activation and support of new and existing editors (both female and gender-sensitised male Wikipedians) in the focus countries.

Wiki Loves Women is a 15 month project of WikiAfrica at the Africa Centre, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, and is being managed by Isla Haddow-Flood and Florence Devouard.

More information is on http://www.wikiloveswomen.org/