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Report 2016-2017 Logo WikiDonne User Group

WikiDonne User Group is a group of users who work on issues related to women and more generally to diversity (territorial, cultural, linguistic, generational, gender, attitudinal and ability, etc.) within the movement wiki.


The main objective is to increase diversity and reduce the "gender gap" within Wikipedia and the Wikimedia movement in general:

  • enrich the contents concerning women and groups under represented in Wikimedia projects (especially in Italian)
  • offering space and support to people who want to collaborate on projects
  • coordinating people in order to involve more women to write on Wikipedia and to improve the quality of the entries
  • creating events, meetings, edit-a-thons, conferences, campaigns aimed at raising awareness of women's issues and increasing the Wikimedia movement worldwide
  • collaborating with other groups that have our same goals: WikiWomen, WikiMujeres, Les sans pagEs, Art + Feminism, Whose Knowledge? Etc.


Awareness of the huge gender gap during presentations (especially by Rosiestep and FloNight) in Wikimania Esino Lario 2016, the idea of doing something was born. After the creation of WikiDonne project (4 August) for the participation in the HerStory editathon organized by May Hachem together with the UN (12 August), on 14 October 2016 Camelia begins the procedures for the recognition as user group affiliated to Wikimedia Foundation by AffCom. The group, based in Rome, has the following description:

We are a group of users who aim to increase diversity and improve the coverage of topics concerning women in Wikipedia, drawing up lists of entries (to be created from scratch, to be improved and translated) and organizing events. Men are always welcome, our intention is not to transform Wikipedia into "Donnepedia" but to make everyone aware of the reality of the gender gap in content and participation.

Camelia involves two other Wikimedians in the group: Beatrice and Susanna for inclusion as active users of the user group.

On November 7, 2016, WikiDonne is officially recognized by the Wikimedia Foundation as an affiliate of the Wikimedia movement, with the code WDG.


With the WikiDonne project in Italian Wikipedia and WikiDonne project in Wikibooks in Italian, WDG participate in the global project Women in red and the projects created by Iberoccop. WDG collaborate with other user groups to increase the content concerning the groups represented below (women, LGBT world, Africa, South America, Asia): Les sans pagEs for the insertion in Wikipedia of biographies of Mediterranean women, Art + Feminism, Whose Knowledge?, Wiki Loves Women; and with the chapters: Wikimedia Sverige and the Swedish Embassy in Rome for the Wikigap campaign, with Wikimedia Italia, Wikimedia Switzerland and Wikimedia Deutschland. The Women in Islam project for women in the Arab-Islamic culture, Women in STEM (itinerant edit-a-thons) and Women and Shoah. To reduce the "gender gap" in Wikimedia projects, it collaborates with national and international bodies and institutions, organizing in person and online edit-a-thons in Italy and abroad, awareness of the problem of diversity in Wikimedia projects (launching campaigns such as Interwiki Women, Wiki Loves Sport, Wiki Loves Fashion, Bauhaus Women), introductory meetings to the wiki world, mapping days in Open Street Map. It provides free mini-courses in writing and encyclopedic culture to professional associations and schools, as part of the school-work alternation activity. The activities page in detail.


For any information, enter a new section on the discussion page, subscribe to the mailing list wikidonne or write directly to camelia.boban

Primary contacts declared to WMF

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Activity report