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Vietnam Wikipedia Meetup in 2007
Differences in accounts on Vietnamese wiki projects where users explicitly state their gender.

The official national language of Vietnam is Vietnamese, a tonal monosyllabic Mon–Khmer language which is spoken by the majority of the population. The Vietnamese developed their own set of characters, referred to as Chữ nôm. Other languages spoken in Vietnam is French and Russian. However, both languages are losing their popularity since in recent years English has become more popular as a second language.


In January 2012 Vietnamese Wikipedia rank 27 out of 280 Wikipedia languages. The number of very active users (more than 100 edits per month) in Vietnamese Wikipedia consist of only 41 users compared to 291 active users (five edits per month) in December 2011.[1] The country currently does not have a Wikimedia chapter, and efforts to create one is unknown. In December 2011, there were 880 women of all ages from Vietnam who were interested in Wikipedia on Facebook.[2] According to Alexa, Wikipedia is the 23th most popular sites in Vietnam. [3] Vietnamese Wikipedia is visited by 61.9% of readers, while 32.4% visited English Wikipedia.[4]

Vietnamese women perspective to free knowledge
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Women in Vietnam
  • Vietnamese women had played a significant role in Vietnam's history during the Vietnam War from 1945 to 1975. They defend their country by taking roles such as village patrol guards, intelligence agents, propagandists, and military recruiters. By becoming "active participants" in the struggle to liberate their country from foreign occupation, Vietnamese women were able to free themselves from "centuries of Confucian influence that had made them second-class citizens". Historically, this character and spirit of Vietnamese women were first exemplified by the conduct of the Trung sisters, the “first historical figures” in the history of Vietnam who revolted against Chinese control. This trait is also epitomized in the old Vietnamese adage: "When war comes, even women have to fight", and its variation: "When the enemy is at the gate, the woman goes out fighting".
The Foundation

During the December 2011 fundraising appeal, no Vietnamese, men or women, were featured are part of the appeal. During the 2011 Summer of Research, the WMF hired eight research fellows. Of these, only one was female, and she was from the United States. There were four males from American universities, The other researchers included men from a Japanese university, a Swiss university and a Canadian university. There were no research fellows, male or female, from this country.