The Wikimedia Foundation funds individuals and organizations to pursue ideas, programs and activities that will further the Wikimedia vision and mission through grant programs run by Community Resources.
When our team began this campaign to increase the gender diversity of Wikimedia, we had three goals:
- To experiment with proactive grantmaking and test whether we could leverage monetary and non-monetary resources to make progress on a sensitive and complex topic, such as gender diversity
- To improve and expand individual and collective understanding of the gender gap
- To “proactively source and support new projects aimed at increasing gender diversity [on] Wikimedia projects”. Though gender diversity in its broadest sense was the overarching goal of this campaign, we focused uniquely on increasing participation by and content about women. We chose this emphasis because the available research was clearest in indicating significant underrepresentation of women in Wikimedia projects.
This report focuses on the 12 Gender Gap Inspire grants that were complete as of August 2016, and the outcomes of those grants. We hope that by reading through following sections on Participation, Content and Developing leaders your understanding of the gender gap, and how it can be addressed, will expand and improve.
This report also reflects on our successes, challenges and learning around proactive grantmaking. You can find more information the What’s next tab, and more context in the Background tab.