Gender gap/News and Events

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June 29, 2020
Dutch Wikipedia Survey

In December 2018, WMNL commissioned a survey among editors of the Dutch language Wikipedia. Topics covered include diversity, working climate, participation in the Strategy 2030. Access the survey report

June 29, 2020
Volunteers wanted to join the Drafting Committee for the Universal Code of Conduct
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Do you care for safety and friendliness in the Wikimedia movement? Are you interested in the guidelines and policies that guide it? Do you enjoy helping improvements in these areas? This is your chance to get involved!

The WMF is looking for five or six volunteers to draft the first version of the UCoC, together with four or five Foundation staff members. You'll have to attend several online meetings, read background material and work on shared documents - all will be in English. You can apply on-wiki, or by sending an email.
See the application page for more information.

June 2020
Audre Lorde

A LGBTIQ project page has been set up on Meta to track all the different wikimedia initiatives around the Month of pride 2020. Special foculs are made on black LGBTIQ communities. See Wiki Loves Pride/2020.

June 2020
Black Lives Matter
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A new project page has been set up on Meta following the death of George Floyd ː Black Lives Matter. Katherine Maher and Janeen Uzzel from the Wikimedia Foundation issued a statement on Medium "“The Wikimedia Foundation stands in support of racial justice and with the movement for Black Lives.”.

June 2020
Code of Conduct and Maggie's office hour

Maggie Dennis held a video conference (see here on Youtube)about the WMF board resolution related to the Code of Conduct. See announcement and discussion space...

June 2020

The Project Grant team has approved the WHO community proposal related to Gender Gap :)? Summary of the proposal : Make the next generation of Wikidata diversity statistic tools by merging WHGI and Denelezh.

May 2020
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The WMF Board has just authorised the creation of a UCOC. Specifics include:

  • Developing and introducing, in close consultation with volunteer contributor communities, a universal code of conduct that will be a binding minimum set of standards across all Wikimedia projects;
  • Taking actions to ban, sanction, or otherwise limit the access of Wikimedia movement participants who do not comply with these policies and the Terms of Use;
  • Working with community functionaries to create and refine a retroactive review process for cases brought by involved parties, excluding those cases which pose legal or other severe risks; and
  • Significantly increasing support for and collaboration with community functionaries primarily enforcing such compliance in a way that prioritizes the personal safety of these functionaries.
May 2020

The Project Grant campaign is currently reviewing community proposals. Related to Gender Gap are the following :

1st-31st March 2020
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The Wiki Loves Women group is celebrating Africa’s women leaders throughout March 2020 with the Tell Us About Her drive on the ISA tool. The drive is aimed at improving the visibility of political leaders and activists across Africa on Wikimedia projects. If you do not know it yet, the ISA tool is a fun and mobile friendly tool that helps you to add better descriptions onto the photographs uploaded to Wikimedia Commons within selected categories, so that they are more useful on Wikipedia and Wikidata. Information added to the image description is structured data (depicts or captions). Categories chosen for this campaign are related to politicians, activists and in particular feminists from Africa. Campaign link:

March 2020

Edit-a-thons around the world.

March 2020
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Whose Knowledge? VisibleWikiWomen is launched

March 2020
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Wikimedia Foundation Communication Team launchs WikiHerStory. An initiative to raise awareness of Wikipedia’s gender gap and provide opportunities for anyone to get involved with community projects and events that are helping to address it.

March 2020
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Art and Feminism publishes a resource to support the organization of online events : [1]

February 2020
New ressource online
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Submission of a grant request Grants:Project/Maximilianklein/WHO, Make the next generation of Wikidata diversity statistic tools by merging WHGI and Denelezh.


The gender gap mailing list is a place to talk about this with other people who are interested and can help. Started on January 31st, 2011, it has a mix of longtime Wikimedians and people from other fields who arrived through their interest in the subject, so it's helpful to introduce yourself in your first post.

In 2020, a Telegram channel is opened to host discussions. It may be joined following that link :

Since Gender Gap is a sensitive topic, we please ask to all participants to be considerate and constructive. That means:

  • No personal attacks.
  • Try to stay on topic.
  • Try to turn fighting into constructive discussion, or disengage/take it off.
  • Help guide discussion toward concrete action.
  • Be aware that using an aggressive or argumentative tone (or even just posting too much) can discourage people from participating.

Old news


  • December 2019, the French Wikipedia Community discuss and vote for gender-neutral language w:fr:Wikipédia:Sondage/Écriture inclusive
  • June 2019. #19Women in Sport. A Wiki Loves Women drive on Wikipedia to improve the coverage of Africa's sportswomen on Wikimedia projects that took place throughout June. it run across several language Wikipedias (English, French and Swahili), WikiData and Wikimedia Commons. Through the drive people were encouraged to update all the information available on WikiData on Africa’s Sportswomen. Participants were encouraged to upload images, translate existing articles, add WikiData items or create new articles on their favourite female sportswomen. The existing list of sports women that are covered on Wikimedia projects was listed (by country) displaying a variety of information in order to show what was missing.
  • March : WikiGap/2019 edit-a-thons around the world
  • March : Whose Knowledge? VisibleWikiWomen is launched


  • September 2018 : publication of Advancing gender equity: Conversations with movement leaders. Wikimedia Foundation published a report that highlights the experiences of 65 Wikimedians working toward gender equity on Wikimedia projects. It covers motivations, best practices, and challenges.
  • Oct-Nov 2018 - #18Women Occupation Drive. Women Occupation Drive was a Wiki Loves Women drive on Wikipedia on WikiData in support of Months of African Cinema (from WikiProject AfroCine). The aim of the Occupations Drive was to help improve the occupation labels in WikiData with non gender-biased description and description in more languages. Pages were established for 12 Africa-based languages.
  • March : WikiGap/2018 edit-a-thons around the world
  • March : Whose Knowledge? VisibleWikiWomen is launched