Wikipedia is the world’s most used online encyclopedia. Among the millions of articles there are four times as many articles about men as there are about women. Behind the scenes the figures are even worse: only 9 percent of editors are women and 1 percent are transgender people; the rest are men. Moreover, the majority of those who edit articles are well-educated people from countries in the west.
To bring a change, Embassy of Sweden, New Delhi along with Feminism in India and Punjabi Wikimedians organized a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on ‘Indian Women In Science’ in 2017. In this Edit-a-thon, articles were created and edited on Indian women scientists who either had no representation on Wikipedia or very less information available about them.
The purpose of the event was to increase women’s representation on the website by uploading personal portraits that had previously been missing. It was a well-received event held in the spirit of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy. The idea of bringing together issues on women’s representation with new digital tools and platforms was great. The event served to inspire our embassies in Pretoria and Washington, and they have since run similar events. And today this has been replicated in 50 more locations.
This year, the Embassy will join hands with UNESCO in India for a #WIKI4WOMEN event. We need your help to close the gap! Are you with an organization or want to edit on you own? Doesn’t matter, here is how you can contribute.
In collaboration with Feminism in India, Swedish Embassy in New Delhi completed more than 30 articles on the subject #IndianWomenInScience during one day in connection to International Women’s Day. Here are 3 of the articles from the very first event that now has resulted in a worldwide engagement of #WikiGap:
- Anuradha T.K. scientist and project director at ISRO
- Sampa Das, biotechnologist and scientist
- Poonam Salotra, scientist and researcher on parasitology
Click here to see a short video from the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.