Wikimania 2019: The Equal Edit - a panel discussion on gender diversity
From Ewan McAndrew on October 28th, 2019
The Equal Edit - a panel discussion on gender diversityDescription
The Equal Edit - an initiative by Wikimedia Sweden, the Wikimedia Foundation, and collaborators to make Wikipedia more gender equal.
The United Nations has made gender equality a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), describing it as “not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.” Aligned with this objective, the Wikimedia movement, embracing knowledge equity for all, has long undertaken efforts to improve the representation of women on Wikipedia.
Building off existing efforts in gender equity and the Wikimedia movement, including those by WikiGap, last month Swedish volunteers collaborated to make Wikipedia articles about the history of Sweden more gender equal. Working with Historiskan, Sweden’s first women’s history magazine, the group helped create a toolkit of notable women and resources about them to include in Swedish Wikipedia articles.
In this 45 minute panel, we will hear representatives from Wikimedia Sweden, the Editor in Chief of Historiskan, and Wikipedians active in gender equality talk about the initiative, the challenges of tackling gender equity, and how communities across the globe might work together to make our projects more inclusive and representative of women.