Your work is vital. We are raising funds to support it.
#WIKI4WOMEN is a virtual volunteering initiative led by UNESCO and Wikimedia celebrating International Women's Day 2019, 8 March 2019
"Let’s write the stories of overlooked women for more gender equality in the digital sphere. Join us and online to actively increase the number of Wikipedia profiles of women."
UNESCO considers gender equality as a fundamental human right, a building block for social justice and an economic necessity. It is a critical factor for the achievement of all internationally agreed development goals as well as a goal in and of itself. The #WIKI4WOMEN initiative calls volunteers around the globe to take a few minutes of their time to create, enrich or translate, in as many languages as possible, Wikipedia profiles of women committed in the fields of education, science, culture, social and human sciences, or communication and information.
To prepare for the day:
Wikipedia:WikiProject Women is a group of Wikipedia editors - Wikipedians - who aim to improve Wikipedia's coverage of women's topics. They offer this advice;
For general guidelines for writing biographies, there are several resources, such as the Women in Red's Primer for creating women's biographies, Manual of style for biographies, writing about women (a helpful essay), the biographies of living persons policy, and the notability guideline for biographies.
Creating articles that will survive an Article for Deletion review requires that, at miniumum, the new article cite several reliable sources such as published books and major newspapers and magazines, and that the text not be copied directly from another website or another source. If there is already an article about a woman or a woman's work, you can expand the article by adding information. To avoid having your added sentences "reverted" (removed), you should provide a reliable source for any information or claim that is likely to be challenged. You do not have to provide a source for "The capital of France is Paris", but a statement about an award that a woman won or a scientific achievement she made should usually be sourced.
Wikipedia:WikiProject Women addresses the under-representation of content on Wikipedia about women (both real and fictional) and covering women's perspectives. Only 17% of Wikipedia biographies are about women. It also addresses women's works, such as the paintings they created, books they wrote, scientific discoveries they made or the organizations they created. "To counter Wikipedia's systemic bias against covering women's biographies, women's work and women's perspectives, which occurs because the vast majority of editors are male (see the article on Gender bias in Wikipedia for more details), we have a department, Women in Red, that works on missing articles about notable women."
Register at this UNESCO web page to receive a participation certificate and relevant updates about the #WIKI4WOMEN campaign.
On 8 March, UNESCO's field offices in Bangkok, New Delhi, Almaty, Cairo, Lima, as well as at its headquarters in Paris, will host contributors, including UNESCO’s staff, members of Permanent Delegations, partners, representatives of civil society, students, and the general public for activities related to this and other International Women's Day events.
#WIKI4WOMEN is an initiative led by UNESCO and Wikimedia, with the support of the governments of Canada, Iceland and the Republic of Korea, as well as Fondation CHANEL, ENGIE, The New York Times, France Medias Monde and La Journée de la Femme Digitale.
Register here to receive your participation certificate
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
I decided to participate in #wiki4women myself. So, I've published a profile on Wikipedia of an important woman who has impacted nonprofits & governments globally:
Susan J. Ellis
Hoping predominantly male Wikipedians don't delete it. I hope they at least read the Talk page first.
Close this window